By Kevin LaFrancis
Floyd “Money” Mayweather defended his welterweight unification title by unanimous decision to remain undefeated, besting Marcos Maidana Sept. 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The match, however, was not without controversy. In the eighth round, Maidana allegedly bit through the tape of Mayweather’s gloves to his fingers on his left hand.
Mayweather did not throw a punch with his left until the end of the round and wanted a deduction from the official.
“My hand went under him and he bit my three fingers,” Mayweather said after the fight.
It appeared Maidana bit Mayweather’s glove in the video replay, but it is uncertain whether he could have bitten through Mayweather’s thick gloves to inflict any damage.
Maidana was performing well through four rounds, moving Mayweather in dangerous spots and landing a few shots to the head.
“Maidana had a couple of dangerous flurries where Mayweather wasn’t able to get off the ropes quick enough,” said Evan McLaughlin, a junior economics major who watched the fight.
The initial up-tempo pace faded away as the fight continued. The bout’s momentum swung heavily in Mayweather’s favor when he returned to his strengths in the middle rounds.
“Mayweather [can] throw fake punches really quick and throw his opponent off guard,” said Mike Harris, a senior fire protection engineer and member of this university’s boxing club.
He sealed the victory late when he became more active in dodging Maidana’s frequent punches. Mayweather was also able to avoid damage when Maidana cornered him.
“Mayweather’s speed was a major factor. Maidana legitimately couldn’t hit him,” McLaughlin said.
Mayweather improved his record to 47-0 with 26 wins by knockout.
In his post-fight interview, Mayweather was open to the prospect of scheduling a fight with Manny Pacquiao, the only fighter to win titles in eight different weight divisions.
“It’d be cool if it happens, but they’ve been talking about it for a long time,” said Harris, who is not optimistic the two most well-known fighters will get into the same ring.
Although the fight has been rumored since 2010, the idea of the matchup remains exciting to boxing fans. Mayweather and Pacquiao would also have to determine a catchweight, the weight class at which they would fight.
“With Mayweather’s career winding down, I don’t see him wanting to take part in a fight with this amount of hype since it would be one of the defining fights of his career. Even though it probably won’t happen, I think it is something all boxing fans, including myself, would like to see,” said boxing club member Paul DeMarco, a junior finance major.