LAS VEGAS -- Whatever difficulties pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. had in his first fight against Marcos Maidana in May, they are ancient history.
Mayweather put on a boxing master class in their rematch, cruising to a unanimous decision to retain his welterweight and junior middleweight world titles before 16,144 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The judges had it 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112, all for Mayweather. ESPN.com had it 119-108 for Mayweather, who took much less punishment than he did the last time out, although, in a bizarre sequence, he claimed that Maidana bit his hand during the eighth round.
The rematch was a far cry from the action-packed first fight on May 3, when they met to unify welterweight titles and Maidana nearly pulled the upset. The wild-swinging Maidana relentlessly attacked him and gave Mayweather perhaps the most difficult fight of his brilliant unbeaten career, but Mayweather won a majority decision, also at the MGM Grand.
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