Argentine boxer proved to be one of the toughest matches of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s career, but was not enough to put a dent in his unbeaten record.
Maidana threw more than twice as many punches – 858 to 426 – but Mayweather outlanded him by nine, 230-221.
That was the slim difference in a majority decision for Mayweather on Saturday night before a sold-out and raucous crowd at the MGM Grand Garden. Judge Michael Pernick had it 114-114, but he was overruled by Burt Clements (117-111) and Dave Moretti (116-112), who had it for Mayweather.
Mayweather claimed the WBA belt from Maidana and retained his own WBC belt with his 46th consecutive victory, but it was one of the toughest fights of his career.
“I was in a tough competitive fight,” Mayweather said. “I normally like to go out there and box and move. But he put pressure on me, so that’s when I decided I’d make it competitive and fight differently. I wanted to give the fans what I know they wanted to see, so I stood there and fought him.
“He’s a good fighter. I take nothing away from him. I couldn’t see for two rounds after the head butt, but that’s what champions do: They survive and they adjust. True champions adjust to anything.”