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All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 – Epilogue, the final episode

By Chris Williams: Last Saturday’s night’s All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 epilogue was the final episode of the 4-episode series chronicling the important rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What boxing fans got to see last night was a brief review of some of the most important action that took place during their fight last week on September 13th, along with some of the low lights of the fight such as the bite incident that occurred during the 8th round.

It was nice for boxing fans to see the good sportsmanship displayed by both fighters as they didn’t let some of the animosity that took place in the 8th overflow into after the fight. Mayweather recognized that Maidana was frustrated at that point in the fight and was grasping for any kind of lifeline he could get in order to pull out a victory from the jaws of defeat.

We saw further evidence of Maidana’s desperation revealed in the 10th round when he tackled Mayweather to the canvas like a football player. That move resulted in Maidana losing a point by referee Kenny Bayless, who had no other choice but to dock Maidana a point in order to take charge of the fight. Had Bayless just ignored Maidana’s tackle of Mayweather then there’s no telling what Maidana would have done next.

“Sometimes fights you win by out-boxing the guy, some fights you win by versatility, some fights you win by counter-punching, and last night I was able to win by showing versatility,” Mayweather said. “It’s not how you win, it’s as long as you win,” Mayweather said.

There were parts of the fight that weren’t pretty, but at the end of the night Mayweather got the win and moved on with his career in chocking up victory No.47. He had to show a different side of his game to beat Maidana this time because he wasn’t going to stand in the trenches and take needless punishment a second time. Mayweather had already given the boxing fans a huge gift in their previous fight last May, and he wasn’t going to use the same act as he did for that fight in order to keep things fresh for the fans.

“I left the ring without a mark on my face,” Maidana said afterwards in an effort to console himself. “I’m happy to have fought well against the best fighter in the world. If I lost, I lost to the best.

There wasn’t any “if” involved; Maidana clearly lose the fight.

After the fight Maidana said “He [Mayweather] put his thumb in my face.”

Mayweather then said “I wear thumb-less gloves.”

Maidana then had nothing to say.

“It’s not a loss if you gave 100%,” Mayweather said. “He’s a rugged guy but he still has a lot left, and of course I helped him become famous.”

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