By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya says he was surprised by the movement and the overall fatigue that he saw from WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in his 12 round unanimous decision win over Golden Boy fighter Marcos Maidana on September 13th 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.
By Chris Williams: Last Saturday night’s clash between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) was a huge success at the gate with the fight generating a whopping $15 million with 14,859 tickets sold for their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Dan Rafael.
The final totals in cash generated for the rematch was precisely $14,899,150, making it the 5th highest gate in Las Vegas history.
The pay-per-view totals are still pending, but there’s been a lot of people coming out with guesses for how much made. The reality is no one knows and they’re not going to know until Showtime releases the information. Boxing fans need to sit back and stop believing everything they’re hearing from all the rumors floating around out there in cyberspace.
By Allan Fox: ESPN’s Dan Rafael says that his sources are saying that last Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana fight pulled in close to 900,000 pay per view buys on Showtime PPV. However, it’s still far too early to know for sure what the eventual PPV numbers will be for the fight.
By Raj Parmar: Early projections are starting to come in regarding the financial performance of the rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana that took place over this past weekend. As per Kevin Iole of sports.yahoo.com, the fight has generated 925,000 pay per view buys based on satellite and cable tracking trends.
If this figure is accurate, the rematch has performed better than the first fight which was said to have accumulated 900,000 buys.
The undercard fight between Leo Santa Cruz vs. Miguel Roman will be shown as part of the Mayweather-Maidana 2 replay.
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s victory over Marcos “Chino” Maidana sparked new conversation, brought in more Floyd haters, and left fans a little weary about the way the fight was refereed. I will break down each part down. First the fight itself. In their first encounter, Mayweather declared before the fight that he was going to be in the pocket and was going to stand toe to toe with Maidana. He did.
Mayweather languished on the ropes more allowing Chino to wail away with punches. However, when Floyd pushed the fight to the center of the ring, he popped his opponent at will. Having seen Floyd lay on the ropes allowing his opponent to tire himself a bit and waste punches (Hatton, Cotto, Castillio 1st fight) and fights were he walked opponents down; boxed and moved (Mosley Judah, and Canelo), I said the rematch will be different. And it was. Floyd stayed away from the ropes and kept the fight in the center of the ring and the punch stats speak for themselves. Floyd landed 51 percent of his overall punches to Maidana’s 22.
By Jermill Pennington: This past Saturday we seen the pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0 26ko) in action once again against the tough Argentinian Marcos “El Chino” Miadana. In this fight Floyd promised we would see the marvel of old, but in all honesty I didn’t see the old marvel, I seen the marvel finally getting old.
Being a huge fan of Mayweather’s after his fights I always left with a sense of amazement. Seeing a man compete in a combat sport all the while making it look easy was something I had grown accustom to seeing out of Mayweather. Though one could argue that Mayweather did indeed dominate the fight, it did not look easy for whatever that’s worth. I have come to realize that I pay to see Mayweather look super human, untouchable. While others pay to see him be beaten to prove he is not super human, in essence we are looking for the same thing.
By Joshua Blessman: There have been some great fighters. Many of them beat top opposition. However, what separates Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) from other great fighters is that he is unbeaten and has influenced the sport and its followers more than any other boxer in history.
Unlike his predecessors, Mayweather faced the best boxers of his time and remained undefeated. Boxing pundits may argue that today’s opposition is not as tough as it was in previous eras. This is undoubtedly true when discussing fighters like Sugar Ray Robinson and Henry Armstrong, who both had over 180 fights. However, this argument does not hold when discussing the fighters of the “middle” era, who had a similar amount of fights as Mayweather.
By Ivan Godfrey: The self proclaimed the best every [TBE] WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) defeated Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) as you all know last Saturday night in winning by a 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was disappointed with the manner Mayweather fought in. However, that is what he does to get the win and secure his boxing immortality.
Mayweather ran all across the ring, making for a dull encounter in my opinion. Not once did he step towards Maidana. It would have been quite interesting to see what would have happened if Maidana simply stood his ground at some stages in the fight. Would Mayweather have moved towards him to engage? Who knows?