Mayweather-Maidana - Examining The Scorecards

by David P. Greisman

In the eyes of many who were watching on television or from ringside, Floyd Mayweather had to come from behind, adjusting and battling back to take a majority decision over Marcos Maidana.

But in fact, two of the three official judges only had Mayweather down on the scorecards once — following the first round. After that, they had it a draw after two at one round apiece, and then had Mayweather ahead for the remainder of the night.

Those judges, Burt Celements and Dave Moretti, scored the bout 117-111 and 116-112, respectively, for Mayweather.

The third judge, Michael Pernick, had it a 114-114 draw. He had Maidana ahead after 1, a draw after 2, and then Maidana ahead until the 10th round, when he had the bout even again at five rounds apiece. The only moment that he had Mayweather ahead on his card was after the 11th round, when he had Mayweather up by one point, 105-104.

Let’s look even deeper at the scorecards:

Pernick had six rounds for Mayweather: rounds 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. He had six rounds for Maidana: rounds 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 12.

Clements gave Mayweather rounds 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12. He gave Maidana rounds 1, 5 and 11.

Moretti gave Mayweather rounds 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11. He gave Maidana rounds 1, 5, 8 and 12.

That means all three judges agreed unanimously on seven of the 12 rounds, giving Round 1 to Maidana, Round 2 to Mayweather, Round 5 to Maidana, Round 6 to Mayweather, Round 7 to Mayweather, Round 9 to Mayweather, and Round 10 to Mayweather.

Where there wasn’t unanimity, then, was in:

- Round 3, which Clements and Moretti gave to Mayweather, while Pernick gave it to Maidana.

- Round 4, which Clements and Moretti gave to Mayweather, while Pernick gave it to Maidana.

- Round 8, which Moretti and Pernick gave to Maidana, while Clements gave it to Mayweather.

- Round 11, which Moretti and Pernick gave to Mayweather, while Clements gave it to Maidana.

- Round 12, which Moretti and Pernick gave to Maidana, while Clements gave it to Mayweather.

If we were to take a score from “majority rules” — in which a fighter gets the edge from at least 2 of the 3 judges for that round — then Mayweather would’ve won 8 rounds (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11) and Maidana would’ve won 4 rounds (1, 5, 8 and 12), and the final card would’ve been the 116-112 card that Moretti turned in.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by budfr on 05-06-2014

[QUOTE=lest26;14509960]Seriously how could they not have given rounds 1 to 5 and round 8 not to Maidana, joke, after watching the fight second time it was a draw in my eyes and it could have been Maidana had Floyd not…

Comment by budfr on 05-06-2014

Robberyyyyyyyyyyyy !!!!!1 Stop buyin PPVs with POS Floyd on them. Las Vegas judges are corrupt, Maidana won, Floyd hugged and hold all night. Casinos, MGM, the US media, sponsors, etc are all corrupt, couldn´t let a little Argentinean win, right???…

Comment by chavmex on 05-05-2014

I had them even. after the 7rd Chino's gas was done. and I had Mayweather winnin 5 out of the next 6 rds.

Comment by bimhead on 05-05-2014

[QUOTE=MC Hammer;14511866]The ref? Come on now, he was fouled something fierce. If he had the ref a point would've at least been taken for the knee[/QUOTE] pay-backs a *****

Comment by bimhead on 05-05-2014

this fight was sooo hard to score...coulda gone either way ,a draw would have been fair...don'tcha think?

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