Saturday, May 3, 2014 was Fight Night at the MGM Grand Hotel Arena in Las Vegas.
It was the night we saw 37 year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. battle 30 year-old Argentinian Marcos Maidana and win two more title belts, a night to show everyone that he’s still the best pound for pound boxer in the world, plus Mr. Mayweather was able to earn some incremental cash, upwards to $70 million dollars, to support his frugal lifestyle.
After getting cut early on, Mayweather of the host city, Las Vegas, Nevada, survived 12 hard-fought rounds relying on his unparalleled technical skills to improve his record to (46-0-0, 26 KOs). With the loss, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana of Jose Leon Suarez, Buenos Aires, Argentina drops to (35-4-0, 31 KOs).
For an article about a fight of this magnitude, it’s only fitting we solicit help from all boxing fans, because the many story-lines are countless and far reaching.
Afterthoughts from fight fans:
The Constant complainer wrote: “Mayweather needs a better opponent and stop feeding us this bull about,”I’m giving the fans what they want to see. If he selects Amir Khan for his next fight, that may well be the biggest joke to date.”
Ray Meza wrote: “Its hard to fight against three people. Floyd (Mayweather Jr.) and the two score card judges!!”
Dawn Marie’s input: “At least call it a draw… This is what happens when you can’t pay someone (Chino) to follow a script.”
Roman Partida: “Look at the stats that are round by round…Maidana landed more in six of those 12 rounds.”
Prince “Tiger” Smalls agrees: “I scored it a draw.”
Funny Bone: “You guys weren’t paying attention. It’s because the judges were scoring the rounds on who hugs more effectively.”
When the TMZ cameras approached Victor Ortiz during a night out on the town, the former welterweight world titlist commented, “They’re p*ssies…both of them.” This is the same Ortiz who is without a win since April of 2011 and lost all three of those fights inside the distance.
Funny Bone talks $$Money$$ as in Floyd “Money Bags” Mayweather Jr. Seriously, is Mayweather that greedy? He paid Marcos Maidana how much? A mere pittance I heard. $1.5 million is chump change compared to what Mayweather got. Today, Money was bragging about making $32,000,000 for his 36 minutes of work. And to pour more salt on the wound he said, “I’m waiting for the PPV numbers to come in, so I can make another $38,000,000 on the back-end… making it a grand total of $70 million.”
If he saves up his money, maybe he can buy the Los Angeles Clippers outright and a third world country to boot. To be fair, Maidana does stand to make a decent cut of those pay-per-view dollars.
And the irony in all of this? A couple years down the road, we’ll all be feeling sorry for Money Mayweather when the IRS is clamoring that he owes back taxes. At this time, he needs to hire himself a trustworthy accountant, perhaps the one Don King employs.
What insiders observed:
Did you ever notice how all the lucrative, high paying referee assignments go to a handful of referees? That was just one of the negative comments shared by the gamblers who had money on this fight.
The people who bet on Maidana at 14-1 also made a second claim stating that from the 6th round on, they believe referee Tony Weeks began to pull the fighters apart the second Maidana got within range.
Then we saw Mayweather use the tactic of hit and then hold. In years past, referee Joe Cortez was always there to protect Mayweather. I’m sure his understudy will do a better job in the future.
When Mayweather heard Jimmy Lennon read off the first judge’s score, “Even!” Mayweather didn’t even blink as he has in the past. He accepted that score as plausible.
This boxing pundit had no problem with Mayweather being declared the winner in this close match. What’s disturbing is the scoring of the one judge who only gave Maidana three rounds and this is coming from someone who believes the challenger must always win in convincing fashion to uncrown a champion.
Did Mayweather have an off night?
Maidana, who said he needed to throw 100 punches a round to win, came out blasting, suffocating Mayweather in the corners or against the ropes. He did exactly what he said he was going to do – throw 100 punches in the opening round.
Also, Maidana proved to be more awkward to fight than any fighter Mayweather has ever faced. His feints actually had Floyd tensing up. SHO Stats, who had compiled the punches landed in 38 of Mayweather’s previous fights, revealed that Maidana had hit Mayweather more times than ever, with 221 punches making contact.
The announcement that Maidana weighed 165 pounds and Mayweather just 148 pounds on fight night must have been startling. The added weight gave Maidana a huge advantage. However, after five rounds, that edge disappeared and Maidana became less aggressive to the point of looking sluggish.
No matter who you are, age will eventually catch up to you and yes, Maidana made Mayweather look beatable even though he failed to pull it off. Others might contest that even if Maidana had continued to press forward into the later rounds, the two judges would still have scored those later rounds for Mayweather. The only feasible answer you can come up with is the two judges gave far less credence to the blows to the midsection in comparison to the blows to the head.
Amir Khan defeats Luis Collazo by decision
In the Co-feature, British star Amir Khan floored Luis Collazo three times en route to a 12-round unanimous decision victory with scores of 117-106, 119-104 and 119-104.
Khan (29-3, 19 KOs), in his first bout at 147 pounds, showcased his speed, footwork and precision from the opening bell. He landed 50 percent of his power punches and mixed in a dose of roughhouse tactics, which added up to a frustrating evening for Mr. Collazo.
If you didn’t know any better, you would have sworn Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs) was throwing the fight. From the outset, his off target punches and inactivity gave round after round away. There was also this long period when he boxed with his hands down at his side.
Then, in the 10th round, Collazo got caught by a left hook to the body and went down. Khan continued his onslaught, hitting Collazo with a relentless attack to drop him for a second time.
Note well, uneven purses: Khan $1.5 M, Collazo 350k
Adrien “The Headcase” Broner vs. Carlos Molina
In the third featured bout, it was 24 year-old Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1-0, 22 KOs) of Cincinnati, Ohio facing 28 year-old Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 13 KOs) of Norwalk, CA. Both boxers were coming of their first professional loss, Broner to Marcos Maidana and Molina to Amir Khan.
Broner, a three-division world champion, started slow and in the second round was hit by a crushing overhand right. Then, in the third round, while caught up in this ’rasling match, the frustrated Broner tossed Molina to the ground which earned him a stern warning from referee Kenny Bayless. After the negative vibes, Broner then picked up the pace and took control from there on out.
After the bout, Molina admitted to being frustrated by Broner’s speed. “I felt I stayed in there too much. He’s a fast fighter with a fast jab. It was tricky for me to time the jab and I felt frustrated. I was trying to do what my corner told me to do, but it didn’t happen.”
Mike Stafford, Broner’s coach, praised his fighter, “I think he looked great. He didn’t get hit and he took the guy apart. He gave him a boxing lesson. People have to realize Adrien is still young. He’s in a new weight class and he has to figure this weight class out.”
This is when the think not before we speak Broner addressed the listeners in his post-fight interview with Jim Gray. Broner, devoid of any class, made himself a marked man with a rhyme about Afrikans f..#..@ up Mexicans. How courageous or how stupid would it be if Mr. Broner were to now vacation in Mexico…in the immediate future …or maybe never?
Notewell, the uneven purses: Broner received $1.25 million, Molina 150k.
In the opening bout of this PPV telecast, 26 year-old J’Leon Love of Dearborn Heights, Michigan (18-0-0, 10 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (20-2-1, 13 KOs). Judges’ scores were 95-93, 97-92 and 96-93.
Things weren’t always peachy-keen, especially in the fifth round after Periban floored Love with three vicious exchanges, then had him staggering all over the ring. The failure to finish Love, cost Periban the match.
From that point, Love’s in-your-face jab ruled center court and the cut over Periban’s eye from an accidental elbow worsened. The blood was everywhere and at times it was blurring Periban’s vision. After barely escaping round five, Love turned the tables in the sixth, landed a jab that opened up a deep cup over the left eye which further helped him to cruise to the victory.
Notewell uneven purses: Love 100k, Periban 35k. Question remains, why?