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Marcos Maidana gave Floyd Mayweather all he could handle.

Mayweather showed the ill effects of his hard fought battle with Maidana as he arrived at the press conference with a cut over his right eye and a welt over his left. Nonetheless, he complimented Maidana on his performance.

"You're a great fighter and very tough competitor," Mayweather told Maidana. "Congratulations on the new baby. She's beautiful.

"Next time, just don't hit me (below the belt) so much."

"Next time let me use my gloves," was Maidana's crisp rejoinder,  a reference to a drawn-out pre-fight controversy involving the gloves Maidana wanted to wear.  "give me a fucking rematch."

 "We can take it back down there right now if you want," Mayweather responded. "Put the ring back up. … It's not a problem. If he feels he won, we can do it again in September."

September is when Mayweather is scheduled to fight again as part of a deal with Showtime.

For the 46th time 46 career fights, Mayweather, 37, came into the post-fight news conference a winner. And this time it was also as the world champ carrying the WBA and WBC welterweight titles.

But Maidana won over the sellout crowd of 16,268 who booed viciously when the verdict was announced.

Judge Michael Pernick scored it 114-114, a draw. Burt Clements had it 117-111 and Dave Moretti scored it 116-112 for Mayweather.

Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs), threw half as many punches as Maidana (425 to 858), but landed nine more. Maidana landed 221 punches himself and those were the most anyone has ever landed against Mayweather  according to CompuBox statistics.

Maywweather, however, said that both Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez hit harder than Maidana.

Mayweather, who made $32 million for the bout, said he decided to stand and fight against Maidana to "please the fans." Sounds like a hooey. Maidana came out winging with his anvil-like overhand right which connected early and often against Mayweather.

"I always make the adjustments," he said. "That's the difference between me and every other fighter."

Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), was carried around the ring on his trainer's shoulders after the fight ended, believing he had won. The disappointment was etched on his face when ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced Mayweather as the winner.

"If I had my gloves, I would've knocked him out," he said. "He never hurt me with a punch. He wasn't even that tough.

"I thought I won the fight. I feel like (the decision) was an injustice."

Maidana, 30, said it should be him that gives Mayweather a rematch, not the other way around, because "I won the fight. I'm not scared of him. Why not give him the rematch."

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  • Posted by James Grayes on May 04, 2014

    The fight is not to be judged on weather you are black or mexican but by the fight itself . The majority of the people who thou ght the mexican won were mexican, who always rout for their own . Your boy got beat by Floyd Mayweather fairly , except the lost and move on.

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