Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Marcos Maidana hurt me in the third round
Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Marcos Maidana hurt him with a right hand that briefly wobbled him just prior to the bell ending Round 3 of his his unanimous decision victory on Sept. 13 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather made his statement during the opening segment of the All Access Epilogue on Showtime, which showed the RING welterweight champ as he viewed a replay of the return bout with Maidana.
“He hurt me with that shot,” said Mayweather of Maidana, whom he vanquished by majority decision in May.
Mayweather has completed four bouts in his exclusive six-fight deal with Showtime and its parent company, CBS Corporation. The previous bout were decisions over Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez in May and September 2013.
“I only got an hour and a half inside the boxing ring,” said Mayweather, during the All-Access Epilogue broadcast, “and then my career’s over. An hour and a half.”
The world’s highest-paid athlete, Mayweather earned at least a guaranteed purse of $32 million for the fourth time in the rematch against Maidana, who pocketed a career-high guarantee of $3 million.
Mayweather’s $32 million guarantee was the same amount, minus the upside for pay-per-view, that he took home for his initial win over Maidana, who earned at least $1.5 million for their first bout.
Mayweather earned a career-high guaranteed purse of $41.5 million for defeating Alvarez, and at least $32 million each for his unanimous decisions over Guerrero and Miguel Cotto, the latter in May 2012.
In other news, Mayweather has reportedly signed a two-year deal that will involve a working relationship with Alex Ariza, a former strength and conditioning guru for Maidana, Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios.