I have no problem with saying that I almost didn’t want to watch this fight at all. I thought it was going to be dull, uncompetitive and go to another twelve round decision with the usual sort of lines that have become standard for Floyd Mayweather fights.
That and the fact that it had been snowing for the past sixteen hours did not put me in a great mood to travel.
However, I don’t do much of a service to the fans who read the articles or listen to the podcasts by being in such a foul mood so I decided to get out of my apartment, watch maybe some decent bouts on the undercard, eat a decent meal and check out the hot waitresses.
I’m glad I went. Hot food, hotter waitresses aside and before this turns into letters to Playboy, here are my thoughts on the undercard bouts I did witness.
BRONER VS MOLINA
Adrien Broner may have ditched the new beard he was growing just before this fight but he certainly didn’t ditch any of the braggadocio.
However, that didn’t mean this was an exciting fight because by round eight after I wrote down how I had scored the fight thus far, I also wrote one word: ‘Dull’.
Maybe it’s because I expect too much from someone who had been knocking out most of his opponents for the past few years. Maybe his punches don’t carry the same pop that they did when he was at a lighter weight. Either way, I felt that this was a fight that could have ended much sooner given Broner’s ability, Molina’s lack of punching power and long time out of the ring.
After this a fight, chances are a bout with Danny Garcia will be made.
KHAN VS COLLAZO
Going into this fight I have no doubt that Amir Khan kept saying to himself, “After this fight, I get Floyd! After this fight, I get Floyd!”
Most people would take that to mean that he would be unfocused and not putting a lot of attention into the work in front of him, but boy did he surprise me by dominating every round against an outworked and over-matched Luis Collazo.
He showed great hand speed, he didn’t become frazzled or abandon his fight plan when hit with a shot. Instead he stuck to what he was doing and ended up knocking Collazo down three times in the fight. After the third time I was thinking that his corner would throw in the towel. Luis hadn’t been able to catch Khan cleanly all night and all the blood on his face was starting to make his upper torso look like a painting canvas.
There is little to no doubt that with this victory that Khan won the Floyd Mayweather lottery. The question now is, can Khan get better before a fight with Floyd happens?
MAYWEATHER VS MAIDANA
I was contemplating ordering dessert before this fight began, but after the first round I decided that I best focus 100% of my attention on the fight in front of me.
Just like in the Broner fight, Marcos Maidana came out and threw whatever he could at his opponent, not caring one iota about Floyd’s reputation, legacy or anything else that Maidana didn’t have. He wanted to put the gloves on Floyd and let him know that unlike Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez, he had a live opponent in front of him.
Now after each round is completed, I’ll write down who won the round and a few quick points. After each round for this fight, a majority of the rounds I was scoring for Floyd Mayweather, but I kept adding, “Could go either way”.
I did see that Maidana was throwing a lot of shots, but I also didn’t feel that a lot of them were effective or even landing on Floyd’s body. There was also a feeling as I watched that Maidana might have punched himself out a few times, briefly.
The scores from Al Bernstein. Paul Malinaggi and Steve Farhood shocked me as I saw that they were much too close. I had Floyd Mayweather winning the fight, 117-111 as one judge had scored it.
I like to believe that I’m a pretty decent judge and maybe when I watch this fight again I’ll see it differently, but I have a feeling as to how some people scored it the way they did.
Floyd Mayweather has a wonderful ability of shutting out an opponent completely during a round. The fact that Maidana’s punches were keeping him honest and on his toes at all times might have had people thinking, “Hey, he’s not doing as bad as I thought he would. I think Maidana won that round!”
Again, I’ll go back later and re-watch it. But I don’t think I got it wrong with my score and I don’t think the judges did either.
After the fight Floyd Mayweather said that he would give Maidana a rematch if the people demanded it. However Marcos Maidana saw it a bit differently.
“I have to grant him a rematch because I won the fight,” Maidana declared through an interpreter.
Regardless of how anyone scored this fight, there is no doubt that Maidana did better than both Guerrero and Alvarez combined. He didn’t give up mentally and was always trying to land the big shot.
I’m not too sure about what might be next for him, but I’m sure it will be the main event because Maidana’s proven that he can fight on the big stage and if anything, made an addition to a possible blueprint to solve the Mayweather Enigma (Don’t use the term “May-Vinci Code”, it’s just stupid).
As for Floyd, it’s rather interesting. He did hint at a rematch between him and Maidana; there’s a possibility of a rematch with Miguel Cotto if he wins against Sergio Martinez next month; there’s also the possibility of the winner of Erislandy Lara vs Canelo Alvarez.
Floyd has just three more fights after this before he retires for good. Regardless of what happens, the next sixteen months should prove to be very interesting.