LAS VEGAS: Marcos Maidana didn’t get the victory he had hoped for over Floyd Mayweather, but he did establish a blueprint for future challengers to try and upset boxing’s pound-for-pound champ.
The Argentine boxer gave Mayweather all he could handle late on Saturday (Sunday in Manila)at the MGM Hotel, turning their world title fight into a street brawl and causing some to wonder if Mayweather is more vulnerable to defeat than any other time in his 18-year professional career.
“Floyd looks beatable,” said British boxer star Amir Khan, who is hoping that his impressive showing on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard lands him a fight with Mayweather in the fall.
“He is getting older and showing a lot of mistakes that he didn’t used to do. It is a great time to catch him.”
Maidana, who came into the fight a 11-1 underdog, lost the majority decision but he won the respect of Mayweather. He did it by swarming the American every chance he could.
The 37-year-old Mayweather remained undefeated in 46 pro fights by outpointing Maidana to unify the welterweight division.
Mayweather retained his World Boxing Council crown and took the World Boxing Association belt away from the 30-year-old Maidana.
Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia said during the build up to the fight they would model their game plan after the way Victor Ortiz fought Mayweather in September 2011.
“Floyd did not fight like the man I expected him to,” Maidana said. “I definitely think I won this fight.”
Asked in the ring immediately after the fight if he would give Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) a rematch Mayweather replied, “Let’s do it again.” Then during the post-fight news conference, Mayweather shook the hand of Garcia on the podium and reiterated there would be a rematch.