RINGSIDE REPORT Mayweather Wins Foul Fest Against Maidana

LAS VEGAS-It was supposed to be easier for Floyd Mayweather facing Marcos Maidana a second time but in reality it was a continuation of their first confrontation, with a big assist from referee Kenny Bayless on Saturday.

The social networks were ablaze with complaints about Bayless, who allowed Mayweather to hold, fire low blows and would break them up whenever Maidana had the advantage. But in reality, it’s a fight. Even if Maidana bit him, there were infractions aplenty.

Mayweather (47-0, 26 Kos) continued his stranglehold on boxing with another unanimous decision win over Maidana (35-5, 31 Kos) in their rematch at the MGM Grand. Altogether they fought 24 rounds but once again, it was no walk in the park before 16,144 fans.

Maidana came out smoking and did not allow Mayweather to set his usual rhythm. In reality, it was the resumption of their previous fight and basically you could call it round 13.

Round 2 was when Mayweather was able to control the flow with his side to side movement to create distance from Maidana. But it was something that at 37 he couldn’t do forever and Maidana stalked him waiting like a hungry lion.

Mayweather seemed to be confident he could knock out Maidana but after absorbing some big blows, especially in round three with the Argentine connecting flush with a counter right at the end of the bell. Even in the next round Mayweather seemed to be in a slight fog as Maidana continued the assault, blasting away like a psycho windmill.

Finally, Mayweather seemed to regain his senses and the jabs and counters to the head and body began to flow. For the next several rounds it was a Mayweather highlight show and infomercial on how to beat a brawler. But Maidana had some tricks in his bag too.

During one of Mayweather’s numerous clinches – that he was never warned for by the referee – Maidana was accused of biting Mayweather’s left glove. He ran around the ring complaining vigorously about the infraction and it took a while to resolve as fans and the media sat puzzled.

“He bit me,” said Mayweather. “We were tangled up and he bit me.”

Later, in round 10, another Mayweather clinch took place and Maidana pushed until his rival fell down. The referee took a point away from Maidana but never warned or took points away from Mayweather for elbows and repeated low blows. Maidana flung some elbows too.

Mayweather fired some more low blows in round 11 and time was taken to allow Maidana to recover. But despite more Mayweather low blows there were no points deducted. Maidana was the aggressor and landed more frequently with his wild rights and lefts.

The final round saw Mayweather dance and skim around the ring as Maidana chased him and cornered him on a few occasion. The Argentine landed a few blows as Mayweather was content with surviving the fight. No illegal blows were fired.

“I felt in great condition. I never felt tired,” Maidana said.

Three judges scored it for Mayweather 115-112, 116-111 twice. It was good scoring in a foul-infested fight. But Mayweather clearly was the victor.

Maidana felt otherwise.

“I think I was the aggressor and attacking all the time,” he said dejectedly. “There’s no reason for another fight.”

Mayweather said he’s open to a fight with Manny Pacquiao “if it presents itself.”

Other bouts

WBC junior featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 Kos) needed a round and 55 seconds to figure out his old sparring partner Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 Kos) and take him out with a counter right cross that sent him sprawling. Referee Robert Byrd counted out Roman who tried to get up, but could not.

“I did what I had to do to give the fans a great fight,” said Santa Cruz. “I did my job.”

Roman, who had sparred with Santa Cruz in the past, had no excuses.

“I got caught cold,” he said. “Nothing else to say.”

Santa Cruz has moved up to win world titles in two weight divisions and seeks another against feared Cuban champion Guillermo Rigondeaux who holds a featherweight world title.

“I’m coming for you Rigondeaux,” Santa Cruz said. “I’m not scared of any fighter.”

Soto vs. Molina

Former champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (65-8. 35 Kos) was not shy about laying some leather on the always dangerous John Molina (27-5, 22 Kos) in the first round. The first  saw Soto score easily as Molina seemed to be measuring his power.

The second round saw Molina open up the guns and his plan for the fight. A sort of counter-attack bomber style seemed to work effectively for Molina, whose punches resounded like gun shots throughout the arena.

From rounds three until the end was a mix of head shots, counters and low blows that seemed to go in Soto’s favor. During a furious exchange after the bell, Soto tumbled down from a Molina right hand missile. It was not ruled a knockdown.

After three low blows by Molina in different rounds, a pair of points were deducted from the Southern Californian in rounds six and seven. But the second low blow sent Soto to his knees for several minutes and looked to be a legal blow. Referee Jay Nady seemed to lose control of the fight after that as punches after the bell took place in numerous rounds. In two of the rounds Nady was hit in the back and in the front from blows by both fighters. Finally in the 10th and final round, Nady deducted a point from Soto for a low blow.

Soto was ruled the winner by unanimous decision 96-91, 95-92 twice.

Perro vs. De La Rosa

It was supposed to be somewhat competitive but James De La Rosa (23-2, 13 Kos) jumped out in front immediately and sent Alfredo “Perro”Angulo (22-5, 18 Kos) tumbling along the ropes with two left hands in round two.

De La Rosa employed a hit and run style at times against a seemingly slower Angulo, whose punches and movement seemed listless. During the second half of the fight Angulo seemed to find more spark in his punches. Twice he hurt De La Rosa in round nine first with a left hook, then a rocking right hand in close. The Texas fighter held on and survived.

“I wanted to put on a good show in the end. That was my fault,” said De La Rosa, who is Mexican-American. “That’s the Mexican in me.”

It was Angulo’s third consecutive loss.

“It was a good show. I thought he would run more but I never under-estimated him,” said Angulo. “Two Mexicans always put on a good show.”

The scores were 98-90, 96-92, 99-89.

Titere vs. Bey

IBF lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez (20-2-1, 10 Kos) survived the gauntlet set by Top Rank but not the Mayweather Promotions card and faced a hometown fighter in Mickey Bey Jr. (21-1-1, 10 Kos) in a battle of counter punchers. But Vazquez lost in a bizarre split-decision. One judge gave him one round.

Vazquez is a master of circling in an almost hypnotic motion then suddenly attacking. It led to several clashes of heads including a cut on the Mexican’s hairline. Midway through the fight Vazquez began charging. But in the end, despite one guy making the fight and Bey seldom attacking, two judges scored it in favor of the Las Vegas-based fighter 119-109, 115-113 for Bey and 115-113 for Vazquez. It was a weird ending especially with one judge giving only one round for Vazquez.

“It was a good fight, he is a dignified opponent,” said Vazquez. “I thought the fight was close and I thought I won.”

Bey seldom attacked and resorted to holding the entire fight.

“I am the number one lightweight now,” said Bey. “I beat him with one hand.”

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COMMENTS

-Froggy :

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you ! I have never seen or heard of that happening before so maybe this was new to Bayliss also ! But I think it took way to long to get the action going again once it was stopped ! If there was nothing to see when looking at the glove I would think they should resume action right away ! I f a fighter gets tired and all he has to do is come out of a clinch and say , he bit me, they won't have to lose a point for spitting out a mouthpiece, just say the guy bit me ! On the other hand of course Maidana should have lost a point if the ref seen it !


-amayseng :

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you ! I have never seen or heard of that happening before so maybe this was new to Bayliss also ! But I think it took way to long to get the action going again once it was stopped ! If there was nothing to see when looking at the glove I would think they should resume action right away ! I f a fighter gets tired and all he has to do is come out of a clinch and say , he bit me, they won't have to lose a point for spitting out a mouthpiece, just say the guy bit me ! On the other hand of course Maidana should have lost a point if the ref seen it !
Hey Froggy, if I had been racking your face all night and covering your nose and mouth throughout the fight you would be justified in biting me too. In fact i think Chino should have hit him in the nuts every time he did that. dq or not


-The Shadow :

Hey Froggy, if I had been racking your face all night and covering your nose and mouth throughout the fight you would be justified in biting me too. In fact i think Chino should have hit him in the nuts every time he did that. dq or not
Go to 16:51 of this video and see how others respond to the same tactic.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQG-btXYkI8 #OldSchoolBaby And same ref, ironically!


-The Shadow :

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you ! I have never seen or heard of that happening before so maybe this was new to Bayliss also ! But I think it took way to long to get the action going again once it was stopped ! If there was nothing to see when looking at the glove I would think they should resume action right away ! I f a fighter gets tired and all he has to do is come out of a clinch and say , he bit me, they won't have to lose a point for spitting out a mouthpiece, just say the guy bit me ! On the other hand of course Maidana should have lost a point if the ref seen it !
LOL exactly! Biting the hand that feeds you. And it's not the first time it's happened in a Bayless fight! Check out the link I just posted above in response to Amayseng.


-amayseng :

Go to 16:51 of this video and see how others respond to the same tactic.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQG-btXYkI8 #OldSchoolBaby And same ref, ironically!
Absolutely.. All veteran tricks of the trade. I dont fault Floyd for doing it just like i dont fault Canelo or Chino for responding. All part of the game. However, me myself, I would respond with vigor and make sure it never happened again.


-amayseng :

Go to 18:30 of that video and you will see Floyd throw a hybrid jab then a hook right off of it... Superb performance that night against Canelo.


-Froggy :

Hey Froggy, if I had been racking your face all night and covering your nose and mouth throughout the fight you would be justified in biting me too. In fact i think Chino should have hit him in the nuts every time he did that. dq or not
I didn't say I blamed him for the bite, I don't blame any boxer for committing a foul in retaliation to their opponents fouls ! All I said is it should be penalized the same as any other foul under the right circumstances, I never heard of any rule that said no biting the hand, but I guess they have a rule that says no biting period !


-The Shadow :

Absolutely.. All veteran tricks of the trade. I dont fault Floyd for doing it just like i dont fault Canelo or Chino for responding. All part of the game. However, me myself, I would respond with vigor and make sure it never happened again.
That's the only way to do it. But if you overreact, you play into his hands with a visible foul. Maidana tried to be sneaky about it but I guess he bit him a little too hard. LOL. Floyd's been taught all these little stealthy/filthy tricks from young and knows all the counters whereas most guys don't even know them. Cubans have LOTS of these tricks, too. But I guess it worked for Canelo, didn't look like it happened again. And yeah, that was a nice move that hook. I think Floyd is at his best when he has someone in front of him who's a little more conventional. He adapts to his opponents and Canelo seemed to think he could "out-Floyd" Floyd. I responded to your hilarious post about Broner's footwork. How would you describe this??
->http://share.gifyoutube.com/A9g4Dd.gif


-amayseng :

That's the only way to do it. But if you overreact, you play into his hands with a visible foul. Maidana tried to be sneaky about it but I guess he bit him a little too hard. LOL. Floyd's been taught all these little stealthy/filthy tricks from young and knows all the counters whereas most guys don't even know them. Cubans have LOTS of these tricks, too. But I guess it worked for Canelo, didn't look like it happened again. And yeah, that was a nice move that hook. I think Floyd is at his best when he has someone in front of him who's a little more conventional. He adapts to his opponents and Canelo seemed to think he could "out-Floyd" Floyd. I responded to your hilarious post about Broner's footwork. How would you describe this??
->http://share.gifyoutube.com/A9g4Dd.gif
Chicken dance?! ha


-SouthPawFlo :

Other than Floyd (and maybe The Alien B-Hop) what other fighters were able to perform at a high level fighting twice a year against Top Tier Opponents past the age of 35?????


-amayseng :

Other than Floyd (and maybe The Alien B-Hop) what other fighters were able to perform at a high level fighting twice a year against Top Tier Opponents past the age of 35?????
Calzaghe Jones jr Wlad Vitali Holyfield JMM Tarver Toney Sergio Martinez Duran SRL just to name a few


-SouthPawFlo :

That's a pretty good list, some of the best fighters of the last 25 years are there.... That's pretty good company to be in....


-The Shadow :

Calzaghe Jones jr Wlad Vitali Holyfield JMM Tarver Toney Sergio Martinez Duran SRL just to name a few
Replace Jones with Hopkins. Jones peaked at 34 and never again looked the same. Also put Ali in there! Though he was faded he still beat top guys at 35 including Ernie Shavers.


-Froggy :

Replace Jones with Hopkins. Jones peaked at 34 and never again looked the same. Also put Ali in there! Though he was faded he still beat top guys at 35 including Ernie Shavers.
If we are going back more than 25 years, many would say Archie Moore should be at the top of the list ! I think there are probably 1 or 2 dozen more !


-SouthPawFlo :

The point I'm trying to make is love him or hate him, Floyd is a Special Talent and if you judge him by what's he's done in the ring he's gotta be considered one of the best boxers of the last 25-30 years, if not of all time.... Nobody has been this good for this long.....


-amayseng :

Replace Jones with Hopkins. Jones peaked at 34 and never again looked the same. Also put Ali in there! Though he was faded he still beat top guys at 35 including Ernie Shavers.
didnt Jones beat Tarver at 35 just coming down from winning the hw title? OF course Ali, among many many others. that was off the top of my head


-amayseng :

The point I'm trying to make is love him or hate him, Floyd is a Special Talent and if you judge him by what's he's done in the ring he's gotta be considered one of the best boxers of the last 25-30 years, if not of all time.... Nobody has been this good for this long.....
He is definitely a phenom. And I honestly due enjoy his style to an extent. Just dont insult me with a 75$ fee to watch him pot shot and bicycle to an easy victory, on a poor card. Having said that, he still found his way out of a few prime fighters, and to be calling himself the best ever is an insult to the true ATG's.


-SouthPawFlo :

When it's all said and done, based on what he's done in the ring, Floyd has to be mentioned as an All Time Great... Defensively he's one of the best ever, and in 47 fights against professional fighters can you name 10 times when you felt he was in trouble???? And people talk about him fighting guys outta their prime, when exactly was Floyd in his "Prime" he's been years older than guys and still beat them 10-2, 9-3, 11-1. He's beat South Paws, Big Punchers, guys who out weigh him by 10-20 mores on fight night but because it's Floyd he gets constant backlash


-Robert Curtis :

75 bucks is too much for PPV. Unless I'm hosting a large party, this is a criminal abuse of the boxing fan's pocket book.


-Domenic :

A Robert Curtis sighting is precious metal stuff! Worthy of a 'Toonoy.'


-amayseng :

When it's all said and done, based on what he's done in the ring, Floyd has to be mentioned as an All Time Great... Defensively he's one of the best ever, and in 47 fights against professional fighters can you name 10 times when you felt he was in trouble???? And people talk about him fighting guys outta their prime, when exactly was Floyd in his "Prime" he's been years older than guys and still beat them 10-2, 9-3, 11-1. He's beat South Paws, Big Punchers, guys who out weigh him by 10-20 mores on fight night but because it's Floyd he gets constant backlash
chop chop had him in trouble twice I believe. shane had him hurt twice. zab stung him a few times and knocked him down. he took a knee against jlc. chino had him hurt in fight one chino landed a hard right hand to end round 4 i believe that staggered him to the ropes.. Floyd is a great defensive fighter for sure, but he has been hurt a few times. no shame in it it is part of the game. Floyd however is not a top 25 ATG. part of it is his fault and part of it his era. too many fighters from the past have better resumes and proved more.


-Radam G :

75 bucks is too much for PPV. Unless I'm hosting a large party, this is a criminal abuse of the boxing fan's pocket book.
Wow! Where you at, Big Bobby C? I see that you are making a grand return with bytching. Hehehe! Welcome back to the mix. Holla!


-Robert Curtis :

Feeling so delinquent. I see a few fights here and there. Drove down to Temecula to watch Austin Trout at Pechanga not long ago. I will try to get my reluctant butt back on here. But at 75 bucks a PPV, I don't think I can keep current and remain an honest, boxing-watching citizen. I've also got a new girlfriend who might be the one. So glad that you all time greats are keeping this website alive.


-amayseng :

Feeling so delinquent. I see a few fights here and there. Drove down to Temecula to watch Austin Trout at Pechanga not long ago. I will try to get my reluctant butt back on here. But at 75 bucks a PPV, I don't think I can keep current and remain an honest, boxing-watching citizen. I've also got a new girlfriend who might be the one. So glad that you all time greats are keeping this website alive.
Youtube to watch the fights, save some money like my cheap butt does.. good luck with the girl, sincerely.


-Robert Curtis :

Thanks!


-the Roast :

Booby C back from the dead!!!


-mortcola :

Hey Bobby C!


-brownsugar :

Feeling so delinquent. I see a few fights here and there. Drove down to Temecula to watch Austin Trout at Pechanga not long ago. I will try to get my reluctant butt back on here. But at 75 bucks a PPV, I don't think I can keep current and remain an honest, boxing-watching citizen. I've also got a new girlfriend who might be the one. So glad that you all time greats are keeping this website alive.
Its been a long time Bobby C. Nobody could utilize the word "bubble gum" in as many creative ways as you could in a sentence. I'm.hearing Trout is so hungry to get back to the top he wants to fight Charlo now? I hope he can make the fight, its a great cross roads fight. I favor Charlo in that one. Welcome back.


-Robert Curtis :

Awesome Dawson had a chance against Trout. He had speed and straightforward precision. The first knockdown was impressive. However, Austin created good angles and eventually assumed control of the fight.


-the Roast :

I'm with you Robert Curtis. $75 is too much for a **** poor PPV. I don't watch 'em. The last PPV I ordered was Floyd-Ortiz. I went out to watch Floyd vs Canelo. I was thinking of going out this past Saturday but I started watching the Dallas Buyers Club with my daughter and I just stayed home. I looked online when the movie was over. The fight was in the 9th and not much had happened. Another UD for Floyd, bad reviews everywhere. No way I'm buying the next Pac fight either. I stick to the HBO and Showtime. The upcoming Hopkins-Kovalev fight will outshine both PPV cards guaranteed. Welcome back you plummy bastard, keep it coming.


-dino da vinci :

Best of luck with your woman.