by Bob Canobbio
Floyd Mayweather has fought two rematches in his 47-fight, 18-year career- vs. Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. In his rematch win over Maidana, Mayweather threw a career low (for a 12-round fight- 16 fights) 326 punches. His previous low was 399 punches thrown- vs. Castillo in 2002 in a rematch of a fight in which many felt Castillo won. Maidana did enough in their first fight to merit a rematch. With some help from ref Kenny Bayless, Mayweather controlled the pace of the rematch and as a result, Maidana threw 270 fewer punches and landed 97 fewer.
In their first meeting, Maidana landed 221 punches on Mayweather, the most punches landed by a Mayweather opponents in 38 of his fights tracked by CompuBox. Maidana also landed 185 power shots in the first fight- a record for a Mayweather opponent. Mayweather landed 230 punches vs. Maidana I and 166 in rematch.
Castillo outlanded Mayweather 203-157 in total punches and 173-66 in power shots in their first meeting. Fighting at a Mayweather induced slower pace in the rematch, Castillo landed just 137 total punches and 101 power shots . Mayweather landed 162 punches in the rematch and 157 in the first fight.
MAYWEATHER - FEWEST PUNCHES THROWN IN A 12-RND FIGHT
326 W 12 Maidana II
399 W 12 Castillo II
426 W 12 (maj) Maidana I
441 W 12 Judah
448 W 12 Castillo I
Maidana landed 44% fewer punches in rematch
Maidana landed 34% of his power shots in first fight and 26% in rematch
Castillo landed 33% fewer punches in rematch
Castillo landed 46% of his power shots in first fight and 24% in rematch