LAS VEGAS - After 24 rounds of boxing with Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather is still the undisputed pound-for-pound champion.
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) successfully defended his WBC and WBA Welterweight and WBC Super Welterweight World Championships with a unanimous 12-round decision victory in a rematch with Argentine slugger Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) on Saturday in front of 16,144 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live on SHOWTIME PPV®.
"Money" strategically fought the fight that he wanted, effectively avoiding the looping punches against the ropes that "El Chino" was able to land in their first bout and pivoting back to his domain - the center of the ring.
The five-division world champion was decidedly more effective and efficient, landing 58 percent of his power punches compared to Maidana's 26 percent. The 37-year-old also landed 43 percent of his jabs compared to 17 percent for Maidana and 51 percent of his total punches compared to Maidana's 22 percent.
Unlike their first meeting in May - a majority decision for the 11-time world champion - there was no controversy in the judges' decisions. Judge Guido Cavalleri had the fight 115-112 while Dave Moretti and John McKaie scored it 116-111.
Afterwards Mayweather mentioned a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao, who faces Chris Algieri on November 22nd in Macau.
"I'm not ducking or dodging any opponent,'' Mayweather said. "If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself let's make it happen. I don't know who I'll fight in May but I expect to fight. Manny needs to focus on the guy that's in front of him. Once he gets past that task we'll see what the future holds."
"You saw what happened last time with Marquez. Pacquiao wasn't focused, he was thinking too much about Floyd Mayweather and you saw what happened [Pacquiao was knocked out in six rounds]."