Maidana insists he 'definitely' beat Mayweather
Marcos Maidana of Argentina leaves a post-fight news conference following his WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters
Argentina’s Marcos Maidana was clearly unhappy with the judges’ decision following his 12-round battle against Floyd Mayweather Jr., which saw the American superstar claim a majority decision.
Maidana was relentless against Mayweather, repeatedly pushing the American against the ropes and swarming him with punches. The Argentine brawler threw 858 punches and landed 221 of them – the most by a Mayweather opponent in the 38 bouts that CompuBox has tracked.
One judge did score the bout a 114-114 draw, but two others had it in favor of Mayweather, 116-112 and 117-111.
“I definitely think I won,” said Maidana, as quoted by ESPN, via a translator after the fight. “Floyd did not fight like a man like I expected him to do.” [http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/10879956/floyd-mayweather-jr-scores-majority-decision-marcos-maidana-welterweight-unification-fight]
“He did dominate some rounds, but the majority, I dominated them,” he claimed.
Maidana threw 100 punches in the first round alone and kept moving forward even though he repeatedly got hit by Mayweather’s right hand.
“I did go after him,” Maidana said. “He’s a difficult fighter, but I won.”
“I would have to give him a rematch, because I won the fight. Yes, I would give him a rematch,” the Argentine added.
Maidana lost for the fourth time in his career, while Mayweather extended his undefeated record to 46 fights.