Masterful Mayweather Fights Smarter, Not Harder, Beats Maidana UD12

Floyd Mayweather had some difficulty last time against Marcos Maidana, and said he made it harder on himself because he wanted to give fans their money’s worth, four months ago. This time, “TBE” had an easier time of it, as “Money” fought smarter, not harder, enroute to a UD12 at the MGM in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 13, and on Showtime pay-per-view.

Floyd used the ring like a general, kept off the ropes, used his legs to keep from getting tagged, and clinched copiously. He was aided by a ref who didn’t allow any interior work. The scores, all for Floyd: Cavalleri 115-112, McKay and Moretti 116-111.

Punch stats: Floyd went 166-326, to 128-572 for Chino.

We saw a doc look at fingers or finger on Floyd’s left hand right after the bout ended. After, Floyd told Jim Gray his left hand was numb, because Chino bit his glove. “He bit my left hand,” he declared. He said he didn’t want to stay on the ropes, and then thanked the fans that came from Argentina. He was asked if he grabbed on purpose. He said he listened to his dad, to try and hit and not get hit. He felt sharper in the first fight, not this fight. “I felt kind of dry and dead,” he said, strangely.

Floyd (46-0 entering, with 26 KOs; born in Michigan, lives in Las Vegas; age 37 1/2) weighed 146.5, while Chino (35-4 entering, with 31 KOs; from Argentina; age 31) was 146, 157 tonight.

Floyd refused to step on a scale tonight, who knows why, maybe just a silly stab as buzz-gathering.

A WBC 147 and BC 154 crowns were up for grabs. Yes, though nobody weighed more than 146 pounds. Boxing logic, friends. Don’t ponder it too much, lest your brain overheat.

Kenny Bayless reffed.

In the first, Floyd moved, looked to jab, stay away from the ropes, work center ring. Floyd hugged a couple times when he did feel like moving. In the second, Chino pressed but wasn’t the busy guy we saw in the first fight. He threw just 16 punches in the first. Floyd’s left hook looked sharp tonight, and his legs looked strong. His left hook and scoot left was so smart, and kept him from getting tagged. A counter right landed well for Floyd. Robert Garcia asked for body work for Chino after.

In the third, the counter and lead right by Floyd scored well. A lead right for Floyd after Chino scored a jab told Chino he’d not get into a rhythm. A straight right wobbled Floyd at the end of the round.

In the fourth, Chino came out grittier. Floyd got stuck on the ropes more so, like in the first fight. Floyd tried to steal it with hard work the last third. The four hardest punches of the round were thrown by Floyd. Floyd’s power might have tied the round for him.

In the fifth, the right hand was so on message for Floyd. Maidana didn’t press, didn’t bull, waited in center ring and tried to out box the master. “He’s slowing down,” Floyd Sr said after. “You’re waiting too long, jab, jab, then attack,” said Garcia.

In the sixth, Floyd was in a movement mode. The crowd hooted. Floyd held three, four times, to get a rest when Chino was pressing too much. Chino landed a couple tosses but he needed to be the nasty, snarly cheap shooting bull.

In the seventh, Floyd jabbed more, and was happy that Chino wasn’t bull rushing him. Right uppers for Floyd worked. Underneath to the body was placed so smartly.

In the eighth, Floyd moved, as if the ropes were electrified, and held when he wanted to. A right clanged on Floyd when he got backed to the ropes, at 45 seconds. Floyd then said Chino bit his hand. Ref Bayless warned Chino not to bite, though he said he didn’t see it. he did maybe bite the left glove, while Floyd rubbed his glove in Chino’s face.

In the ninth, Bayless broke Chino right away as he had Floyd on the ropes. Floyd tagged Chino coming in with a left hook, showing still majestic timing and hand speed.

In the tenth, Floyd scooted left, not looking to get moved into a left hook, early. Floyd’s expert use of clinching continued. Bayless took a point from Chino, for extracurriculars. He didn’t like a forearm shove to Floyd’s face. Chino got crazed and bolder.

In the 11th, Chino wanted to land that looping right which worked in May. A Money left, then a body shot left, hit home on Chino. Chino got a break, when Floyd went low. Floyd’s legs were still there, no darned doubt, as he slithered and scooted to safety.

In the 12th, Floyd stayed on message. His defense was spot on. The crowd hooted as he scooted. Left, right, light on feet, Floyd fought smart, and not in a fan friendly manner.

We went to the cards…

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COMMENTS

-SouthPawFlo :

#EasyMoney Floyd is the best fighter in Boxing... He makes too many adjustments, too good defensively, too smart.... #WhosNext


-deepwater2 :

Retirement is who's next.


-King Beef :

Retirement is who's next.
I was kinda thinking the same thing after the 1st fight. If the Pac fight is not made, there is no one that falls in to the risk to reward ratio for him to fight.


-Skibbz :

Maidana was landing the jab, Maidana was landing an awful lot of punches that Floyd should have eluded. Floyd didn't look mentally there the first round, he looked like he was enjoying the fight at times but at other times he looked like he was doing hard labour and just wanted it to be over.. The last round was an insult to the paying public. Maidana for his part was trying to be too smart for his own good. Surprising how many jabs and right hands he hit mayweather with and left hooks. Floyd couldn't hurt him with a baseball bat he's too weak at 147. The signs don't look good. Agreed with d2 it's retirement time. Thurman, Brook, Khan or Porter would beat him in my opinion. Anyone with a good ability to box effectively with speed, power and athleticism will beat the Floyd of tonight. Floyd looked sharp at times but for large parts he was a real shadow of his former self. I wonder who we get next May.. Can't say I'm much looking forward to it. Another terrible under card, another sub par main event and a whole lot more disappointed fans. Not playing Scrooge, but there are way more exciting talents coming up to be giving Floyd tens of millions to beat the same guy twice...


-Buzz Murdock :

Not the same Maidana..Garcia's plan lacked interpretation of Floyd's plan. The referee knew his role. The show was like a dead battery. I was wrong, but I didn't get the memo...I think it would be great to see Floyd lose, and have a nervous breakdown..Keep hope alive...


-deepwater2 :

If Floyd retires I'll be happy for him. He had a great career . The man that carried boxing for a few years. It's time for him to go so a new face can emerge. That's boxing for ya .


-Radam G :

Lil' Floyd struggled and was dictated to by Chino's body language and punches. He control Money May like a pimp. Maybe Money May needs to holla at some hemp. And Chino bossed Money May around the ring and made him saloon dancer sing. Even his punches were ting ting. They had no sting. Money May has lost the magic. The curse of the late, great Marciano is crowding him. For Money May trying to tie Rocky at 49 wins without a defeat is going to be tragic. Money May should call it quits A-S-A-P! And there will no rhyme coming from me. Holla!


-stormcentre :

He control Money May like a pimp. Made him saloon dancer sing.
Oh . . that's good. Ha ha ha. I am genuinely laughing over here. Nothing pretty about a (drunken) saloon dancer singing last time I checked - not that I ever did.


-The Shadow :

In spite of all that was said lately about the suit being contested heavily from both sides, did you guys notice Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya sitting in the same row with only THREE people between them?!?

Watch to the left of Maidana and to the right of Mayweather. May not mean much. But then again it might.


-Radam G :

Wow! Now fat-arse Amir Khan is calling Floyd out. Khan is a grinning fat-arse cat now. But it is too late. He had chance his chance. But "Ramadan" faked it out. He is talking this tsAH jive. Let tsAH against "Special K." Special K would kayo him. Even "One Shot" Thurman would. Khan is not as good as he thinks. And he has reckless speed. No tuning of it whatsoever. Speed means nothing if you cannot get it there at the appropriate time. Holla!


-kidcanvas :

i knew when they said Bayless as ref that he would allow the holding that floyd did through the whole fight which made it boring as hell for me, i actually went to bed around the 8th rd ... i could see where it was headed..


-Skibbz :

If Floyd is portraying himself as The Best Ever then he must continue to prove that he is what he says he is. I won't service you knowledgable folk on some history but you know those who were the best P4P took on all comers so as to stay on top of the pack, fight for more glory and put a beating on anyone who thinks they're up to the task! Now Floyd fought Maidana in 2014 twice. Whatever is said about Maidana recently I simply never bought the story of a new fighter nonsense. Sure under the tutelage of a TOTY RG he made improvements but they were sharpening his crude tools. His style made him an attraction but in terms of boxing ability we all know where he stands and it's not less than 20 places behind Floyd in the current crop. This TBE mugged the casual fans and exploited the Stockholm syndrome of the hardcore. For all that he still looked poor in my opinion. It took him two attempts to get the best out of himself, a poor reflection of his former self and showed to all watching his now evident vulnerabilities. Floyd was a great fighter, he was the best P4P boxer in the world, but now I see too many young and hungry technicians beating him, some within the distance. As brown sugar said it's time to pass on the torch, let someone else fight for the big purses that he hordes and spread the money in the sport to all the other 10000 fighters who train as hard day in day out for their shot at glory.


-oubobcat :

In spite of all that was said lately about the suit being contested heavily from both sides, did you guys notice Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya sitting in the same row with only THREE people between them?!?

Watch to the left of Maidana and to the right of Mayweather. May not mean much. But then again it might.
I first noticed Schaefer during the Angulo-De La Rosa fight. If you watch the telecast carefully, there were a lot of people coming over to greet him during the undercard. Its interesting that he not only attended the fight but got a seat in clear line of sight of the tv cameras. Its clear he's not going away from this sport and in some capacity (my guess is sooner rather than later) will be back involved before we all know it.


-oubobcat :

I thought Floyd fought very smart. Not a slugfest but a smart performance to get the W convincingly and move on. Shadow mentioned earlier he thought Floyd was going for the KO. Floyd fought smart but he sure in deed to go for the KO. Why do I believe this? I rarely see Floyd commit to throwing body shots. When he does, there are openings because he tends to reach in. But he was committing to throwing hard body shots here. Why? Because its no secret that Maidana has been hurt to the body before and that's how Floyd was trying to get the KO. He hurt Maidana a couple times to the body (the announcers didn't always pick up on it) but Maidana does have good recuperative abilities and was able to relatively quickly recover. Maidana disappointed me in that the volume of punches was not there. I don't know why. I can understand early trying to pace yourself a little but his activity and pressure was what gave Floyd trouble in the first fight and Maidana's only shot at success. I mentioned earlier that he may have left his best fight in the gym and that could have very well been the case here.


-amayseng :

What an absolute BORE. Wow am I glad that I did not order this PPV and throw my money away, no worse allow Floyd Clinchweather to steal it from me. The ref was absolutely TERRIBLE. He was breaking Chino as Chino was throwing punches>>>> WTF??? Floyd clinched more than Wlad, it was disgusting. Then Floyd dancing around the 12th round with all those tickets sold, all those people in the stands watching, paying their money, all those people watching the ppv at home for 75$ to watch him dance around the ring. What an absolute joke. I literally fell asleep in the 8th and 10th rounds while waking up only to hope it was over so I could check into TSS. NO such luck as I was out, missed the post fight interviews and all. Thanks for the good nights sleep Floyd. How this guy makes 32 million a fight is beyond me, what a joke.


-The Commish :

i knew when they said Bayless as ref that he would allow the holding that floyd did through the whole fight which made it boring as hell for me, i actually went to bed around the 8th rd ... i could see where it was headed..
I can't agree with you, kidcanvas. I didn't think there was excessive holding on the part of Mayweather, nor do I think Bayless allowed Mayweather to hold too much. $$$May's phenomenal skills nullified the promised all-out, 100+ punch-per-round output promised by Maidana. All $$$May did in this fight was show us, once again, why he is, PxP, the best fighter in the world. -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

I can't agree with you, kidcanvas. I didn't think there was excessive holding on the part of Mayweather, nor do I think Bayless allowed Mayweather to hold too much. $$$May's phenomenal skills nullified the promised all-out, 100+ punch-per-round output promised by Maidana. All $$$May did in this fight was show us, once again, why he is, PxP, the best fighter in the world. -Randy G.
My issue with Bayless was him breaking the fighters too quick especially when Maidana had one hand free. If a fighter has a hand free they should be allowed to work. At times too, it seemed like Bayless was anticipating the clinch and jumping in before there was a clinch. Obviously, Maidana would have liked to work on the inside so this benefited Mayweather.


-amayseng :

My issue with Bayless was him breaking the fighters too quick especially when Maidana had one hand free. If a fighter has a hand free they should be allowed to work. At times too, it seemed like Bayless was anticipating the clinch and jumping in before there was a clinch. Obviously, Maidana would have liked to work on the inside so this benefited Mayweather.
There were several occasions where Bayless was in the way trying to break them and both Floyd and Chino were throwing punches, what does that tell you? Bayless was paid or told Chino was not allowed to fight on the inside and Floyd was reaching out and grabbing and holding and clinching so excessively it was embarrassing. Mike Tyson deserved 32 million a fight because he was exciting.. How Floyd makes so much money to be mediocre or boring i can not understand.. I am clueless.


-The Shadow :

How Maidana felt in round 10 before taking a low blow break:
->http://instagram.com/p/qz-iKtAyGF/


-SouthPawFlo :

Jab to the body Right hand leads Check Left Hooks Constant Movement causing Maidana to reset Staying off the ropes Right uppercuts to the Body Head Movement Floyd being Floyd doing what it takes to win again. 47-0


-Radam G :

Jab to the body Right hand leads Check Left Hooks Constant Movement causing Maidana to reset Staying off the ropes Right uppercuts to the Body Head Movement Floyd being Floyd doing what it takes to win again. 47-0
Elbows and forearms to da mug and throat. Fingers the eyes through the gloves. Wiping the taped laces on the mug. Knee bumping. Toe stepping and cup punching. Leg tripping and hitting on the hips. Pushing and stiff arming. Pinching [$??] the mug, the neck and the side-belly blubber. Pulling the opponent down behind the head. YUP! Floyd being Floyd doing what it takes to win with TsOTT while calling the other pug "a dirty fighter." 47-0. I ain't hatin!' Play dat funny music -- I mean play those optical illusions -- Floyd. Holla!


-SouthPawFlo :

Who's Next????


-flackoguapo :

Who's Next????
Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Kieth Thurman or Da Manny


-Froggy :

Who's Next????
That's the million dollar question, or is 32 million !? Does he take the easiest road possible to tie Marciano's record or does he fight who the boxing fans want him to fight, and Showtime wants him to fight even more just to break even ?


-The Shadow :

That's the million dollar question, or is 32 million !? Does he take the easiest road possible to tie Marciano's record or does he fight who the boxing fans want him to fight, and Showtime wants him to fight even more just to break even ?
I hear Amir Khan or Miguel Cotto. One of those two. But too soon to tell.


-amayseng :

I hear Amir Khan or Miguel Cotto. One of those two. But too soon to tell.
It will be Cotto in May for the mw title.. Cotto is off the rest of the year and Floyd will be taking a break until May. Cotto being trained by Roach and Floyd going for the mw title will help hype and sell the card. There is no one else to sell for showtime to make enough to pay floyd, unless he fights Pac


-SouthPawFlo :

I'll love to see a Cotto Rematch, Cotto gave him a good fight the first time and Freddie Roach in his corner will only make him better, that would be a PPV Blockbuster... Keith Thurman isn't a big enough name yet and he doesn't have a "signature win" against a top welter weight yet and he doesn't have a big fan following either.... Amir Khan speed will give the old man some trouble in my opinion so I'll be happy to see that one, he needs to look stellar against someone in NOV-Dec first Manny P. Will obviously be the biggest fight that can be made, but we gotta see how well he does in his fight against Chris Al, I think if manny looks impressive and KO's him the world will demand a Mayweather fight. Danny G, Holla when he's a welterweight first.


-DaveB :

If Maidana bit Floyd, Floyd deserved it. Floyd is a dirty fighter. At least Hopkins admits he will do what he can get away with. Floyd tries to make you believe he is on the up and up while doing his dirty tactics. He is an enigma. I counted the number of clinches in round 9. There were 10. And I think that round was representative of the whole fight. Like many have said Bayless was anticipating those clinches before they ever happened while the fighters were still punching and then after they were still able to punch their way out of it. I thought his officiating was horrible last night. Maidana doesn't have the best jab in the world and I do give Floyd credit for using his legs and not getting caught on the ropes. His hands are fast and he counters well. He miscalculated some and got caught a few times especially at the end of the third round. Maidana is terrible at cutting off the ring. It will take a good fundamental fighter to beat Floyd but Floyd's window is starting to close some. But if he chooses the right guys to fight he will go back to looking good. One last thing, I think Robert Garcia and Virgil Hunter are both way overrated as trainers and strategists. They are more like father figures.


-stormcentre :

Pacquiao V Maidana then would throw the cat amongst the pidgeons for many reasons. Particularly if Pacman blows Marcus out. Have a clause in the contract that allows (even insists) each competitor can juice all they can get their hands on.


-Denise Alvarez :

I am tired of Floyd's elusive style of fighting.His father's technique of "to try to hit and not get hit,"doesn't work for me. It seems cowardly. I had never seen Floyd fight toe to toe with anyone except with Maidana in his last bout. It was a close fight. So l ordered the PPV hoping to see Maidana finish the job. I guess Floyd didn't want to engage in a slugest so he resorted back to his old antics of avoiding getting hit, running and ducking.That is not boxing and people praise him for that "skill".If he would exert regular boxing skills and techniques in a bout, and maybe even duke it out like a man, l may even have a little respect for him as fighter.


-The Shadow :

I am tired of Floyd's elusive style of fighting.His father's technique of "to try to hit and not get hit,"doesn't work for me. It seems cowardly. I had never seen Floyd fight toe to toe with anyone except with Maidana in his last bout. It was a close fight. So l ordered the PPV hoping to see Maidana finish the job. I guess Floyd didn't want to engage in a slugest so he resorted back to his old antics of avoiding getting hit, running and ducking.That is not boxing and people praise him for that "skill".If he would exert regular boxing skills and techniques in a bout, and maybe even duke it out like a man, l may even have a little respect for him as fighter.
Denise, he's 37-years-old, on the way out of boxing. While we may crave blood and guts, brain damage is irreversible. (I know firsthand.) So I don't fault him even the slightest bit. It's up to the consumer not to consume if he or she is unhappy with his brand of entertainment. He doesn't owe anybody anything. And I don't think it's right to demand that fighters go toe-to-toe. If you "duke it out like a man," when it's not necessary to do so, you are playing with fire. And not just in a sporting sense but with your health. [URL="http://youtu.be/PlMWvbfys7A">Boxing is dangerous.[/URL] It's not cowardly; that's a terribly ignorant position to have. Because like Floyd, Hopkins, Ward and others point out, if you do that too much, you end up damaged for good. Meanwhile, the fans just move on to the next guy while feeling sad for the brain damaged, broken down, destitute fighter -- which is almost more the norm than the exception. Every fighter deserves respect but Mayweather "as a fighter"-- by virtue of everything -- deserves more than most. If you do crave Floyd Mayweather slugfests, there are many to choose from. I've pasted a few here for you to enjoy. Vs. Jesus Chavez, fought in a similar style to the way he fought Maidana:
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2P6QkYr2VA His fight vs. former champ Demarcus Corley produced plenty of fireworks. This underrated slugfest took place in his first match at 140 pounds. Facing a quick, elusive southpaw, Mayweather was stunned by a hard, flush shot, grew fangs and a tail like a dragon. He then proceeded to pummel the living daylights out of Corley, knocking him up and down like a yo-yo. In fact, this is a match-up many have claimed was a tough fight for Mayweather (lol) while proving Mayweather's supposed struggle with this stance:
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_fjgBy85oc Vs. Emanuel Burton, his toughest fight of his career:
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0WSB0NW_pI Vs. Philip N'Dou, who came into the ring with something like 31 KOs in 32 victories and no defeats:
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WCrJy6I4WY And while not a slugfest, this was a classic beatdown against Arturo Gatti in a breakout PPV performance (Take notes, Erislandy Lara):
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMQRmjVjomQ Then there's the underrated action-fight vs. Miguel Cotto, which actually landed him on Jim Lampley's "Gatti List" for most exciting fighters/fights.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJPaDjapV5Q There's plenty of material to choose from -- and far more than just one fight. But if that's not enough then I guess what you really want is to see Mayweather beaten up. In that case, there's not much I can do for you. :)


-deepwater2 :

I am tired of Floyd's elusive style of fighting.His father's technique of "to try to hit and not get hit,"doesn't work for me. It seems cowardly. I had never seen Floyd fight toe to toe with anyone except with Maidana in his last bout. It was a close fight. So l ordered the PPV hoping to see Maidana finish the job. I guess Floyd didn't want to engage in a slugest so he resorted back to his old antics of avoiding getting hit, running and ducking.That is not boxing and people praise him for that "skill".If he would exert regular boxing skills and techniques in a bout, and maybe even duke it out like a man, l may even have a little respect for him as fighter.
Your not the only one. Good post. Keep the posts coming. Better fights are on the way.


-Carmine Cas :

In spite of all that was said lately about the suit being contested heavily from both sides, did you guys notice Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya sitting in the same row with only THREE people between them?!?

Watch to the left of Maidana and to the right of Mayweather. May not mean much. But then again it might.
Yeah I noticed Schaffer in close proximity to De La Hoya.


-Carmine Cas :

IMO Floyd did not look sharp the first half of the fight, he was a bit overreactive to Maidana's movement and feints, and his legs looked bad. His back leg was not in his sync with his lead leg, in addition he was getting hit with shots he wouldn't normally. Could this be the beginning of the end? Although he did look sharper in the latter of the fight, and Maidana's style is problematic for him. And yes, Floyd is a hypocrite, he calls the other guy dirty while he's continuously jamming his elbow into his opponent's throat and rubbing his gloves against his face. At this point there is no one else for him to fight other than Pacquiao, Showtime wants their money. Khan could be an option, the Brits would eat that fight up. But for the general public; Khan, Porter, Thurman, Garcia, and Cotto won't do it.


-BossyBr00ke :

This confirms, the hate is real, and Radam G's comment confirms everyone still wants to be a rapper.