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Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 Results: Money Defeats El Chino via Unanimous Decision

Published by Bleacher Report on Sun, 14 Sep 2014

On the heels of a narrow victory over Marcos Maidana in May, Floyd "Money" Mayweather established his dominance by defeating El Chino once again Saturday night by unanimous decision.SportsCenter reported the win:Mayweather didn't have nearly as difficult a time against Maidana the second time around. Using precise footwork and a steady dose of counterpunches, the champion was able to elude his challenger for the majority of the evening.Mayweather improved his perfect record to 47-0 and retained the WBA (Super) WBC andThe Ring welterweight titles as well as the WBC light middleweight title in the process.There were plenty of question marks surrounding Mayweather after his first encounter with Maidana. Mayweather won that bout by majority decision with one of the judges scoring it a draw, and he seemed both flustered and frustrated at times by his pesky opponent.Following his struggles in the first fight, Mayweather believed that his expansive skill set would allow him to beat Maidana more decisively in the rematch, according to David Mayo of MLive.com.What I can do, what makes me a little different than any other fighter, is I'm well-rounded and very versatile, as far as I can box, I can counterpunch, I can bang, I can do a little bit of everything. That's why I'm at the pinnacle in the sport right now. Can he switch up anything' I don't really think so. I mean, that's just my gut feeling.Mayweather has never shied away from complimenting himself, but he also took several shots at Maidana. Per an official press release prior to the fight (h/t FightHype.com), Mayweather questioned El Chino's pure boxing ability.I think that every time that Maidana has gone out and fought opponents, other opponents and even myself, he's done the same thing. Whereas out of the 45 that I've faced, I was able to do different things. I can box. I can counter punch. I can box on the move. I can counter punch on the move. The only way that he can fight is to slug.Maidana's style worked fairly well back in May as he seemingly disrupted Mayweather's rhythm and forced him to grind perhaps more than ever before. Mayweather was ultimately able to come away with a hard-fought win, but it wasn't comfortable for him by any means.In fact, Mayweather looked so ordinary at times during their first fight that Maidana entered Saturday's encounter with a ton of confidence on his side, according to Elias Cepeda of Yahoo Sports.He's not as good as people think.I was able to pin him to the ropes and land punches (in the first fight), so he's not as difficult or as invincible as people think. He's hittable. You can land on him. I made mistakes. I was a little too anxious. He never hurt me, but he's got a respectable punch. You've got to respect him.In addition to that, Maidana was of the belief that having some prior experience against Mayweather gave him an edge in the second encounter, per BoxingInsider.com:As it turns out, quite the opposite was true. Mayweather had prior experience against Maidana as well, and that is what ruled the night. Few boxers in the history of the sport have been as adept at making adjustments and adapting as Mayweather. He proved that to be true yet again with a sterling performance on Saturday.Even though Mayweather was far from great four months ago, the overwhelming belief among observers seemed to be that he would make improvements and beat Maidana decisively.Heavyweight boxing star Eddie Chambers was firmly in that camp leading up to the rematch:Now that Mayweather has defeated Maidana twice, the focus will shift toward his next opponent. Boxing fans will undoubtedly continue to plead for a Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao super fight, but there is no indication that the two sides are anywhere close to being on the same page.If Pacquiao isn't an option, then names such as Timothy Bradley, Kell Brook, Shawn Porter and even Amir Khan are likely to pop up.As for Maidana, he has two losses under his belt against Mayweather, but these two fights have improved his stock more than damaged it. He has shown his ability to match up with the best in the business, and that should help him get some big-ticket fights in the future.Mayweather once again reaffirmed his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, and he answered his critics just like he has so many times over the years.Follow@MikeChiarion Twitter
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