By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
In a WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight, Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) had to dig deep to win a twelve round majority decision over a tenacious Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on Saturday night in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Maidana came out very aggressive in round one and unleashed a barrage of punches at Mayweather from all angles and had some success. Mayweather did more in round two, but took some hard body shots. In the middle of the ring, Floyd was in total command. When Maidana was able to force Floyd to the ropes he had success, especially to the body. Maidana was warned for pushing by referee Tony Weeks in round three. Mayweather was cut over the right eye in round four by an unintentional headbutt. Maidana just relentless in his unconventional attacks in round five. Mayweather was able to keep some distance in in round six and dominated. Maidana seemed to be slowing down in the seventh. Maidana did well in round eight, punishing Mayweather on the ropes. Mayweather changed his tactics in round nine and outboxed Maidana in the middle of the ring. Round ten was close, Floyd might have edged it in the late seconds. Another close round in the event, Mayweather again may have stole it with late punches. Floyd’s movement gave Maidana problems in the twelfth. The bout ended with both working hard on the ropes.
Scores were 114-114, 117-111, 116-112. Floyd is now unified WBC/WBA champion at both welterweight and super welterweight.
In a welterweight clash of former world champions, Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) scored three knockdowns against Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) en route to an impressive twelve round unanimous decision. Khan boxed well from the opening bell, dropping Collazo in round four. After the knockdown, Collazo stalked Khan with his arms down for the rest of the round to prove he wasn’t hurt. Khan continued to outbox Collazo. Collazo was deducted a point in round eight for a low blow. Khan was deducted in the same round for holding. Khan dropped Collazo with a body shot in round ten, then put him down again moments later. Collazo hit Khan low in the twelfth and Khan needed time to recover. Scores were 117-106, 119-104, 119-104.
In his first fight since losing to Marcos Maidana last December, former world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) in a bout fought at jr welterweight. Things got going in round three when the now clean-shaven Broner threw Molina to the canvas and got a warning from referee Kenny Bayless. Broner pretty much took over the fight after that, but never came close to stopping Molina. Margins were 99-91, 98-92, 100-90, all for Broner.
Unbeaten super middleweight J’Leon Love (18-0, 10 KOs) overcame fifth round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs). Periban went back to his corner bloody in round two, but came back in the third and landed some good punches. Periban rocked Love in round five and battered him to the canvas. Love somehow survived the round. Love had a good round six and cut Periban over the left eye. Periban was much more tentative after that and Love went on to win 95-93, 97-92,96-93.