On May 3, 2014, Marcos Maidana gave Floyd Mayweather his toughest test in years. The argentine was able to rough boxing’s pound-for-pound king up for 36 minutes, making it a rather competitive fight until the final rounds.
That itself is a victory of sorts for Maidana, considering how long it’s been since Mayweather was last tested inside the boxing ring.
Unfortunately, for the Argentine, like all of Mayweather’s previous opponents, his efforts fell short, making him number 46 on Floyd’s resume.
Judge Michael Pernick scored the fight 114-144, while judges Burt A. Clements and Dave Moretti scored the bout 117-11 and 116-112 respectively.
Not surprisingly, Maidana and his fans saw things differently, refusing to admit the obvious fact Mayweather was the clear winner of the contest.
However, the unanimous consensus among boxing experts and hardcore fans is that Floyd won the fight clearly despite Maidana’s impressive efforts.
The contrived controversy isn’t necessarily a bad thing for all parties involved though.
No. Matter of fact it only makes for a bigger payday for both men in the future. The two boxers seemed open for a rematch afterwards, and for good reason.
Mayweather is reaching the end of his illustrious boxing career, and, frankly, there aren’t any legitimate challengers for him out there. Sure, a fight vs. Manny Pacquiao would still bring in great numbers, but I personally won’t be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.
From Pacquiao’s silly offer for a charity match, to Mayweather’s indifference towards the Filipino congressman, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao remains a fantasy that will likely never become a reality.
That’s where Maidana comes in.
Thanks to Marco’s gutsy performance, Floyd now has a viable rival that just might be able to defeat him with the right adjustments (at least in the eyes of casual fans); meaning Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 would likely bring in record numbers.
For Maidana, he gets a second chance to make boxing history plus a bigger purse.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.