Referee Admits: I Was Very Close To Penalizing Maidana

By Mesuli Zifo

Hall of Fame referee Tony Weeks has spoken for the first time since his handling of the Floyd Mayweather WBC/ WBA welterweight title unification clash against Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada last weekend.

The veteran referee took a lot of flak from fans some arguing that he allowed Maidana to get away with too much rough-house tactics in his gusty majority defeat by the pound for pound star.

Others felt Weeks was in the ring to please Mayweather as he stepped in every time the unbeaten defensive wizard shot him a glance of complaint.

Mayweather also had a lot to say about Weeks in the aftermath of the fight criticizing him for not protecting him enough during the bout.

Finally Weeks broke his silence, describing the bout as one his toughest ever.

Asked if he allowed Maidana to get away with too many fouls, Weeks revealed he was close to deducting a point from the Argentinian.

“It was the rough fight and Maidana used a lot of rough tactics and I was very close to taking a point away from him,” he said.

Weeks added that both fighters used all they could to win the bout making it a competitive affair Mayweather has been involved in a long time.

“ There were things happening from both sides but for the most part Mayweather was the cleaner fighter.”

Mayweather has indicated that he would be open to giving Maidana a rematch in September while the Argentinian whose stock rose remarkable for his gallant performance is also keen on doing it again.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by I Love Jesus! on 05-07-2014

[QUOTE=Fetta;14520576]I thought Maidana was getting away a little much but Floyd also had some dirty moments in there too. But in the end I honestly dont care cause the dirty tactics is what made this fight fun.[/QUOTE] For mayweather it…

Comment by iniduoh on 05-07-2014

[QUOTE=MaskedMurderer;14523277]mayweather started it with the excessive hold and elbows, cant cry if someone takes you up on a rough fight that you ask for.[/QUOTE] Holding is not illegal and Floyd's holding was not excessive. How do you define excessive holding?…

Comment by iniduoh on 05-07-2014

[QUOTE=Berry Picker;14523212]It was pretty obvious when every time floyd would call him to save him, Weeks would step in and separate them. Every single time. Marcos would be in floyds grill, Weeks would be watching, then floyd would turn his…

Comment by SUBZER0ED on 05-07-2014

[QUOTE=radioraheem;14521196][/QUOTE] No doubt, El Chino fought dirty, but Floyd did his share of holding and pushing Maidana's head down while getting him in front-face locks. I have to admit, some of that fouling sh1t was…

Comment by oneon11 on 05-07-2014

[QUOTE=k1llu;14520608]too little too late miadana should have been deducted a point. i was waiting for him to hit Floyd with a folding chair before he gets a point taken.[/QUOTE] Yeah when he wrestled Floyd to the canvas in the corner…

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