Mayweather-Maidana 2 replay plus All Access Epilogue this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT
By Chris Williams: This Saturday night, Showtime will televise a replay of the Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 fight card starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to the replay, boxing fans will get to see ALL Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 epilogue, the 4th and final episode. Fans will get a chance to see the controversial bite incident in the 8th round and the reaction from Mayweather and his corner to it.
The undercard fight between Leo Santa Cruz vs. Miguel Roman will be shown as part of the Mayweather-Maidana 2 replay.
This is going to be a great opportunity for fans who didn’t purchase the Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 fight card to see an exciting fight with Mayweather at his very best in the ring, showing movement that he hasn’t shown in many, many years.
Mayweather showed last Saturday that he’s still able to get around the ring just like he once did when the occasion calls for it like it in this fight. Mayweather opted not to stand and slut with Maidana in this fight like he’d done in their previous fight last May. What resulted in Mayweather’s superior mobility was Maidana being limited to connecting on just 128 of 572 punches thrown for a horrible 22 percent connect percentage according to CompuBox.
That’s obviously a terrible number and it showed how well Mayweather’s defense was in that fight. Anytime a fighter connects in the low 20 percentile, it tells you that they were totally out of their element, as we saw with Maidana with him winding up and missing badly all night long. In contrast, Mayweather connected on 166 of 326 punches for a high 51%. Mayweather couldn’t miss with many of his shots, and he was able to catch Maidana cleanly again and again with straight right hands in the middle of the ring.
Besides the greater movement from Mayweather, perhaps the biggest difference in this fight compared to their previous fight was that Mayweather chose to stay off the ropes for most of the fight. He stayed largely in the center of the ring and forced Maidana to try and beat him there. It didn’t work out well for Maidana, because without Mayweather making it easy for him, he was lost.
By the 8th round, you could see how frustrated Maidana was when the bite incident took place. Later we saw more of Maidana’s growing frustration being portrayed when he tackled Mayweather in the 10th round, which led to Maidana losing a point.
Maidana didn’t get docked a point for the bite incident because referee Kenny Bayless couldn’t prove conclusively that he’d bitten Mayweather, but the tackle in the 10th left Bayless with no other choice but to take a point away from Maidana in order to get control over him.