Mayweather: “Maidana bit my hand”
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) is still unbeaten after out-boxing a very determined and some would say desperate to win Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) on Saturday night in defeating him 12 round unanimous decision on the “Mayhem” pay-per-view card on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight had a controversial incident that took place in the 8th round when Mayweather suddenly pulled his left hand back with a look of pain on his face after being bitten by Maidana while holding him in a head-lock. Mayweather immediately said “He bit me.” The referee Kenny Bayless failed to take action though, saying that he didn’t see anything happen.
Floyd Mayweather: “He bit my hand, he bit my fingers. My fingers were numb. My hand was numb. I really couldn’t use my left hand, but I won the best way I know how. We were tangled up in the center of the ring and he bit me. He bit my left hand. I felt sharper in the first fight. This time I felt dry and dead and my fingers were numb after the eighth round.”
Mayweather said that he had problems using his left hand for a while after being bitten, and you could see that in watching the fight. Mayweather didn’t use his left hand for the remainder of the 8th after the bite incident. And in the 9th, Mayweather still wasn’t using his left hand as much as he had before being bit.
Mayweather won the fight by the scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111.
“I’d give myself a C-. I could have been better…I got hit with some shots tonight I shouldn’t have got hit with, but that comes with the sport,” Mayweather said.
When asked by Showtime if Mayweather would be interested in fighting Manny Pacquiao next, Mayweather said “I’m going to go back to talk to my team to see what we can assess, to see what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. And once again, I’m not ducking or dodging no opponent. If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen.”
What’s troubling is that Maidana chose not to admit that he bit Mayweather’s hand after the fight when asked by Showtime’s Jim Gray why he had bitten Mayweather. It seemed pretty obvious that Maidana had bitten Mayweahther on the hand, yet Maidana chose to deny it.
“Maybe he thinks I’m a dog, but no I didn’t bite him,” Maidana said. “He was rubbing my eyes with his glove. Maybe he had his glove in my mouth. That doesn’t mean I bit him. For me I think I won.”
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