Mayweather outpoints Maidana to remain perfect

Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:27am EDT
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By Steve Keating

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Undefeated five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr claimed a unanimous decision in a feisty encounter against Marcos Maidana to successfully defend three world titles and improve his record to 47-0 on Saturday.

In just the second rematch of his 18-year career, the 37-year-old American came out on top on all three scorecards, retaining his World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight and light-middleweight belts.

The victory was another masterful showcase of evasion from Mayweather, widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all-time, as he danced out of danger and used his lightning counter punching to great effect.

Despite a dominating display Mayweather could only give his performance a C-minus.

"I bring in a game plan, I bring in a team and we gave the fans what they wanted to see," said Mayweather, who earned a guaranteed $32 million for his night's work. "He's extremely dirty but rugged.

"It is another fight, another victory time to move on. The saga continues there are a lot of great fighters out there."

The 12-round bout was not without controversy, however, with Mayweather accusing Maidana (34-5) of biting him, while the American tagged the Argentine with a low blow late in the bout then taunted him as he recovered in a neutral corner.

Mayweather, whose only other rematch came in 2002 against Jose Luis Castillo, executed the perfect game plan, frustrating the 31-year-old Argentine brawler with his speed and sharpness.   Continued...

Sep 13, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather (green gloves) and Marcos Maidana (blue gloves) compete during their WBC & WBA Welterweight and WBC Superwelter Weight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports - RTR464ET