Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather extended his unbeaten record to 47-0 with an emphatic victory over old foe Marcos Maidana with a dominating performance. The current boxing star silenced his critics with an adroit display of boxing skills that left his opponent often frustrated throughout the eagerly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas on 14 September.
Though the 37-year old champion won the unanimous decision, he was far from his best and at the start of the fight looked as though he may be in for a rough ride against his rugged Argentinian opponent. Maidana, who also lost a classic affair against Bolton’s Amir Khan in 2010, slips to a 35-5 record but has in the process received two of his biggest paydays against Mayweather.
Starting off brightly often cornering the champion in the early rounds, Maidana constantly pounded Mayweather’s body and in round eight, the champion’s frustration came to surface as he claimed to have been bitten on the glove by the Argentinian.
As the alarm bells started ringing, Mayweather used all his guile and experience to take control of the later rounds and eventually got the nod from all three judges. The judges scored the 12-round bout 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111. Adding to the immense fortune he has already managed to amass over his illustrious career, the champion picked up a cool $32 million for his latest efforts and leaves the world guessing over his next opponent.
Possibilities include Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Kell Brook and of course Filipino great Manny Pacquiao. The question is, how far and long will Mayweather dare to go? The big 50 will definitely be on his mind that would take him past the legendary Brockton Blockbuster, Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0. But the reality is that time is running out for Mayweather. Against Maidana he looked sluggish and flat-footed at times and his speed has diminished quite considerably. Mayweather’s greatest threat is Amir Khan.
As much as the world want to see the super-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Khan is the only realistic possibility of dethroning the champion. As long as he keeps focused and sticks to the game plan that his trainer Virgil Hunter will meticulously inculcate, Mayweather will find it very difficult to handle the speed, footwork and power of the much younger Bolton fighter.
But the question is, what will be Mayweather’s next move? Khan and Garcia are both too dangerous for him and Pacquiao has lost his mojo after back to back defeats. In saying that, the money involved would be hard to resist for both Pacquiao and Mayweather and the champions latest statements indicate that Pacquiao may finally get his chance. Whoever Mayweather fights next, it will be one hot ticket!
If a Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen – Floyd Mayweather