This time a year ago, the boxing community was trying to figure out Floyd Mayweather’s next fight. Most thought British boxer Amir Khan would be next in line for the “Money” sweepstakes, but Marcos Maidana jumped to the front of the line with his upset victory against TMT affiliate Adrien Broner.
The Argentine made the most of the opportunity, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Mayweather early and often, giving boxing’s undisputed, undefeated pound-for-pound king his toughest test in years.
Unfortunately, for Maidana, his best performance ever wasn’t enough to hand Floyd his first loss as Money took over the fight in the latter rounds, making it clear he was the technically superior boxer. When it was all said and done, Mayweather even managed to outland “El Chino.”
However, many felt Maidana did enough to earn a rematch, and Mayweather gladly obliged. Some even felt Maidana had a legitimate chance of making history on Sept. 13.
They were wrong.
Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 was a completely different type of fight. Floyd went right to work early, landing hard and often, slowing down Maidana’s output significantly. Maidana only won a single round on my scorecard during the first half of the fight, and a boxing clinic broke out during the second half.
Desperate, Maidana resorted to rough tactics, biting Floyd while clinched, throwing Floyd down to the canvas moments later. The latter earned him a point deduction from referee Kenny Bayless.
Mayweather was frustrated with Maidana’s antics, but he quickly regained his composure and went back to work.
When the final bell rang, it was clear to all in attendance who the better man was.
Well, everyone but Maidana.
Judge John McKaie scored the fight 116-111, Dave Moretti had 116-111, while judge Guido Cavalleri scored it 115-112, all in favor of Mayweather.
What’s next for Floyd Mayweather?
With the win, Mayweather improves his record to 47-0-0, and it’s clear the 37-year-old remains the best boxer on the planet. Once again, it’s now back to the hard task of figuring out Floyd Mayweather next fight.
Amir Khan is once again a front-runner, and a rematch with Miguel Cotto isn’t completely out of the picture. Heck, with the right packaging, a rematch against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez can be sold to casual boxing fans. Of course, there’s always Manny Pacquiao, but I won’t hold my breath on that one given the Filipino congressman’s past antics.
Only time will tell who the next winner of the Mayweather sweepstakes will be.
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.