By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
WBC/WBA unified welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Argentinian slugger Marcos “Chino” Maidana met with the media late Saturday night to talk about their hard fought encounter earlier that night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “I want to thank God, and the media, the fans all around the world and of course TMT,” Mayweather said, calling up everyone on the Money Team to join him on stage. “Maidana is a true champion a competitor I have a few bumps and bruises but that comes with the territory. Today was a more competitive fight. I think tonight we gave everyone excitement.
Regarding a possible rematch, Mayweather stated, “I don’t dodge anybody but if he wants a rematch in September come get it.”
Mayweather talking directly to Maidana (translated by Naidana’s trainer Robert Garcia) stated “You’re a hell of a fighter, a very tough competitor. Congratulations on your new baby. You have a beautiful family but in the next fight don’t hit me in the dick.”
Maidana responded, “Next time let me use my gloves.”
During Maidana’s time at the mic, he commented, “I don’t know what to say. The truth is the fight was a good one. I did everything possible to win, but the work we did wasn’t enough for the judges. I don’t think anyone has ever attacked him and landed as much as I did. I pressed the action most of the fight. He’s a great boxer and he was able to manage a few moments in the fight…All I want is for this f–ker to give me a rematch!”
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Earlier, former world champion Amir Khan spoke about his dominant win over Luis Collazo.
“I did feel a little ring rust. Collazo I have a lots of respect for. I knew it was going to be a hard tough fight,” Amir Khan said. “Now we will go on to bigger and better things. I would love the fight with Floyd. If it happens it happens…a Mayweather fight would be amazing. I feel we will give him problems.”
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Unbeaten super middleweight JLeon Love talked about the fifth round knockdown he survived in his decision win over Marco Antonio Periban. “He caught me with a good shot on the side of the head, so the smart thing to do was to take a knee. I was OK…now we’re ready for whatever is next. We’re ready for anyone!”
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As the press sat around inside the MGM Grand media center waiting for the post fight press conference to begin, a stampede of people exiting the arena suddenly rushed into the room. From the looks of it, it looked like there might be a shooting in progress as some people were seen hiding and taking cover. It was reported that there was a loud gunshot-like bang from a sign that fell hitting the concrete in the walkway outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena which caused the panic.
An estimated 50-60 people were injured and 24 people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer commented, “If anything happened I’m sure that will be addressed with MGM security. The MGM is quite well-equipped, hosting the biggest fights on a regular basis, so I’m surprised to hear that,” Schaefer said.
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