LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. called Marcos Maidana "a tough, rugged dude" during Saturday's post-fight press conference after Mayweather's majority decision added Maidana's WBA welterweight title to the RING and WBC championships he already owned at the MGM Grand.
Mayweather (46-0, 26 knockouts) alternately complimented Maidana (35-4, 31 knockouts) for landing 221 punches against him — more than any other fighter in his past 38 bouts, according to Compubox Stats — and derided the Argentine slugger for being too rough, aalling their bout "the toughest wrestling match" he had ever been a part of and saying Maidana is "more like a WWE wrestler" than a boxer.
Mayweather said that he thought referee Tony Weeks was too lenient on Maidana, whom he said "bent my arm" in the second round "when the ref told us to break" and caused the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound boxer to shake it noticeably at that point in the fight.
Although he complained of low blows, Mayweather said Maidana had, nevertheless, earned a September rematch if he thought he had won, even as he said "Next time, don't hit me in the d__k so much."
Maidana was delighted to hear about a return bout, but did not appreciate the implications denegrating his skills.
"You were respectful, but enough words," said Maidana, through translation from manager, Sebastian Contursi. "Just giving me the f___ing rematch and we can do it again."
Upset at Maidana's sentiment, Mayweather came back with a response of his own.
"We don't even got to do that. We can go back out there and do it again tonight," said Mayweather, stepping to the podium, adjacent to Contursi. "Just go and tell them to put the ring back up."
Mayweather won by scores of 116-112 and 117-111 on the cards of Dave Moretti and Burt A. Clements, although Michael Pernick scored the bout a draw. Mayweather had an advatage in overall punches landed at 230-to-221 and landed jabs (52-to-36), while Maidana had the edge in power shots, 185-to-178.
"Like I said, I am hoping that we can do it again in September," said Mayweather, who was cut over the right eye from an accidental head butt in the second round. "But I do like Tony Weeks. I just thought that tonight, he was just letting everything fly."
Last September, Mayweather dethroned Canelo Alvarez by majority decision for the RING and WBC 154-pound championships in a bout that became the highest-grossing boxing event of all time with nearly $150 million in revenue reported. Mayweather-Alvarez eclipsed the $136 million earned by Mayweather’s 2007 victory over Oscar De La Hoya, the last time Mayweather was named the BWAA's Fighter Of The Year.
Last May, Mayweather unanimously decisioned Robert Guerrero in defense of the WBC 147-pound title he had earned by dethroning Victor Ortiz via fourth-round stoppage in September of 2011, cementing his status as RING welterweight champion as well. In May 2012, Mayweather dethroned three-division beltwinner Miguel Cotto as WBA 154-pound titleholder by unanimous decision.
"Miguel Cotto is tougher," than Maidana, said Mayweather. "I'm not going to lie. That's one thing I'm not going to do. Miguel Cotto is a tougher fighter and he hits harder. Canelo hit harder than Maidana. Yes, Canelo hits harder… Canelo hit me with a left hook that I still feel."
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