MAYWEATHER SURVIVES MAIDANA STORM WITH SOME HELP FROM THE REF. SO IS FLOYD" THE BEST EVER"?
Ref Saves Mayweather From Rough Inside Fighting
This humble self proclaimed greatest boxing expert on earth saw Mayweather nearly brought to tears by a hard working Maidana who knew from the outset what he had to do to win against Floyd Mayweather, the self proclaimed greatest boxer of all time. Jokes aside, Maidana's chances of controlling the fight were hampered throughout by the third man in the ring, Mr. Tony Weeks the ref, who did not allow much inside fighting along the ropes, much to Mayweathers advantage.
Another self proclaimed boxing expert here on hubs stated that Maidana fouled all night and still lost. Well at least one official judge at ringside had Mayweather not winning but even with Maidana and this writer with 50 years of experience studying the "sweet brutal science" had Mayweather winning but just barely, by a margin of one single round. The suggestion that Maidana, who's main weapons are raw aggression, toughness and hard punching stayed in the fight due to his fouling tactics is misleading. Truth is, Maidana although awkward compared to the classic style of Mayweather was never penalized during the bout. That's a fact. He was warned a few times for what seemed to be unintentional fouling, something very common in a competitive fight. Mayweather after the fight to his credit didn't call Maidana a dirty fighter and gave him due credit for his efforts. Too many Mayweather fans feel the need to protect him and his well groomed image of being invincible in the ring. Any true boxing fan knows this kind of talk is more hype then anything else. All the greats had to fight and prove themselves against the most aggressive, rough and disrespectful sluggers around. Why should Mayweather be any different, especially when he starts claiming he is "The Best Ever".
In a fight called of all things"The Moment" Maidana jumped off to a very aggressive start much as he did against the much hyped Broner. Maidana gave Mayweather a rough goings over the first five rounds of the fight although there were no knock downs and neither fighter was seriously hurt, but it could have turned out differently for sure.
The official scoring had one judge scoring a 114-114 draw, the other judges had it 117-111 and 116-112 for Mayweather. I for one don't know how these judges came to such wide margins. I had it 116-115 in favor of Mayweather as he was forced to pull off an impressive comeback from an early four or five round deficit. But the scoring really only tells part of the story. Maidana was clearly in it to win it from the start, forcing Mayweather back into the ropes continually during the first five rounds. Early on, before Maidana slowed up some he was able to punish the great one with awkward shots to the head followed by jolting body shots that Mayweather had no answer for and like Broner, Maidana's earlier victim, had him complaining to the ref over and over about being hit behind the head. The ref to his credit didn't act on these protests as the shots were legal but awkward and just hard to defend against as Maidana's overhand looping rights went around Mayweathers defense and landed with power. In the first five rounds Mayweather occasionally fired back with accurate pot shots that were thrown with very bad intentions but they were not enough to check Maidana's strong, high energy assault. Maidana was clearly not only the more aggressive fighter in rounds 1-5, he was also controlling the fight. Round two was the most competitive of the first five and Mayweather may have thought the tide was now turning in his favor. However in round 3 Maidana once again forced Mayweather along the ropes and broke any momentum Mayweather had built up in the previous round.
By the sixth round the tide seemed to change as Mayweather was now able to take advantage of Maidana's slowing pace. Mayweather now finally sprang to real offensive action, as Maidana though still coming on, was not attacking with his earlier gusto and was forced to cover up and defend himself against the quick, sharp punching of the unbeaten Mayweather, a whopping 12-1 favorite in the betting with an unblemished 45-0 professional record and holder of many world titles. However the look on Mayweather's face said it all, this fight was up for grabs and it reminded me of those two rounds in the Cotto fight when for two rounds Cotto had Mayweather right where he wanted him. In this fight Mayweather was never in full control. For the first time in a long time, going perhaps as far back as the De La Hoya fight, Mayweather was in a real contest, with the very real threat of losing the fight and his unblemished record.
With some help from the veteran ref Tony Weeks, Mayweather was able to rally and win rounds 6-10 with the last two rounds contested with spirit. Round 11 was Mayweather's with the 12 round looking kind of even to me. As I watched this fight a second time I could see how rounds 7 and 12 could be scored even, it was that close. My 2nd review of the fight had me scoring it 115-115 a draw. But credit has to be given to Mayweather, a very well preserved fighter, who at age 37, has seen few ring wars unlike many of the other great fighters before him who he wishes to leap frog over in terms of fame. In this fight he stood up to some very hard body shots that landed clearly and to Maidana's very awkward shots that seemed to fall from the sky onto Mayweather noggin.
As I suggested before, this fight very well could have went Maidana's way if it weren't for the curious way the ref quickly broke up the infighting along the ropes. The very moment if not before punching stopped the ref pulled them apart as if they were in a proper clinch, problem was, most of the time Maidana's hands, at least one was still free and dangerous. Infighting is part of boxing and Mayweathers biggest weakness is being trapped against the ropes by a dangerous puncher like Maidana. This is probably how Mayweather will be beaten by slugger and to not allow a fighter his best legal shot at winning is not, in my humble opinion a truly fair fight for Madana. I can't imagine watching this ref in a Joe Frazier fight. Frazier would have accidentally slugged him for sure on one of these quick break.
I for one never bought any of Mayweathers hype or even Ali's hype for that matter, about being the greatest boxer of all time. As you say the numbers don't lie and I know how to count and take names. Thing is, over time, Muhammad Ali actually went out and backed up his extreme claim in the ring against the most brutal opposition. Mayweather is an extremely talented and elite boxer for sure making his big sell strangly enough, outside the ring. But the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson, Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran,Willie Pep ect. maybe long gone but not forgotten. Floyd is attempting to hop himself over other tried and true warriors like pacquiao, Mosely ect. until ripe for picking just doesn't do it. Sure it will get you all the fancy cars, bling, women ect. as good hype is known to do but the title of "The Greatest" & "The Best Ever" must be won in the ring and is only self bestowed in day dreams and ad campaigns. I respect Mayweathers talent in the ring but sometimes I get the feeling he is trying to brainwash boxing fans with his now never ending side show chant of being the best boxer of all times. Wink wink. I'm wondering what a 36 year old Sugar Ray would have done to him. Question is would he wait till he was 45 to fight him? Check out Carmine Basilio's face after Robinson got though with him. I'm almost sure one if not both of these great fighters would have handed Mayweather his first official loss on this so called "moment".
Truth is, as great as Floyd is, there were other great fighters who top his fighting record easily. Willie Pep the great featherweight champ had a record of something like 130 odd wins against one single loss to Sammy Angott, a world class fighter, when he took on all time great rough house fighter Sandy Saddler, this after Pep recovered from an airplane crash he survived earlier that year. Angott was a master of hitting and holding and he managed to beat some great fighters. Saddler was a devastating puncher who destroyed many very good fighters and even great ones. Where in Floyd's career is a primed "Saddler equal" that he has defeated in the last ten years? Floyd dismissing Sugar Ray Robinson is nothing but a joke. He knows it, I know it. It's just Floyd's stage "character" trying to make hay while the spotlight is still on him. His lifestyle demands attention and $ at every turn. He picks almost meaningless stats like being the youngest Champ. Hey, he says, Robinson didn't win the championship till he was like blah blah blah. Well maybe Floyd you should give some credit to the civil rights movement who helped pave the way for you to get the chance at a world crown so early in your career.
I'm putting the record straight here by using Sugar Ray Robinson's pro boxing record as a fine example of why Floyd's claim of being "The Best Ever" is just so much "brand building" hype that he hopes will continue to make him a fortune before and after he retires. Robinson had a record between 1940 and 1951 in his prime years of 128-1-2 incuding a 91 fight unbeaten streak with 84 KO's. Look at Carmine Basilio's eye and tell me the last time Floyd left somebody looking like that?