Boxing Hall-of-Famer Roberto Duran was not impressed with Floyd Mayweather's performance against Marcos Maidana last weekend in Las Vegas, saying that the Argentine brawler deserved at least a draw against the pound-for-pound king.
Mayweather kept his boxing record spotless after being awarded a majority decision. But he was pushed to the limit by Maidana who kept up the pressure on the American for 12 rounds and threw over 800 punches.
"In Saturday's fight, Mayweather did not know what to do," Duran, one of the greatest boxers in history, told Boxing Scene. "Maidana had him in trouble."
"The most curious thing is that he calls himself the best in the world, but he didn't know how to decipher the Argentine," he added.
Mayweather had claimed that he chose to go toe-to-toe with Maidana in order to provide fans with an entertaining scrap, but Maidana also made the fight very difficult as he refused to be dissuaded even when Mayweather began landing his right hands.
Duran did criticize Maidana as well, saying the Argentine did not fight as well as he did in December 2013, when he crushed the erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner.
"In the last fight with Broner, Maidana did very well and threw punches to the body, and that was what he needed to do with Floyd," said Duran. "But no, he just wanted to hit Floyd in the head."
"In addition, the Argentine does not know how to cut off the ring," he said.
Nevertheless, Duran believes Maidana deserved the victory. "For me, 'El Chino' won it. Indeed, the fight should have ended in a draw, but they didn't want to damage the record of Floyd, so what happened, happened," the Panamanian legend said.
The camps of Mayweather and Maidana have been discussing a possible rematch, but Duran said he already knows how that will play out.
"If there is a rematch, Floyd will run from Maidana," he predicted. "He is just going to hold and run. He won't be able to stop Maidana, and he knows Maidana will once again be looking for a war."