Despite a majority decision verdict in May, Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes his first clash with Marcos Maidana was a virtual shutout and fully expects the second clash to go the same way.
The 37 year-old stated that he gave Maidana three rounds when reflecting on his spring battle with the Argentinian, something one of the judges agreed with, but not too many of the reporters at ringside.
Average scoring for the fight saw most media personnel averaging the contest around 115-113 (which is how I saw it), although Mayweather couldn’t give Maidana a single round from the fifth onwards when dissecting his latest performance.
“Well, I think nine rounds to three rounds is a shutout,” clarified Mayweather.
“Whoever (wants to) right now I’m pretty sure you can go to YouTube and watch the fight. Just look at the fight. The fight is not close. But he came out, he won the first round, I won the second round, he won the third and the fourth, and from the fifth on he lost every round.
“So, like I said before, I’m going to go out there and I guess get a knockout, win twelve rounds, and look impressive, but also be exciting.
“He won probably the third and fourth, because I know one of those I got headbutted and couldn’t see; I was just mainly in survival mode until I got back to my corner to Rafael, the great cutman, Rafael Garcia. So I gave him three rounds.”
Maidana, 31, is one of just two fighters given a second opportunity to fight Mayweather following the exploits of Jose Luis Castillo in 2002 – with the former world champion likely to adopt the same rough and ready tactics that unsettled the pound for pound king last time out.
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