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Brave Maidana falls short against Mayweather

Santa Fe native Marcos 'Chino' Maidana gave unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. a scare in Las Vegas with an unstinting performance, but it was not enough to unseat the US star who took the fight by majority decision to unify the WBA and ABC Welterweight crowns.

The fight, dubbed by local press as the most important fight involving an Argentine boxer this century, went to the cards after 12 tight rounds.

Judges Dave Moretti and Burt Clements ruled in favour of Mayweather, 117-111 and 116-112 respectively, while Michael Pernick saw a 114-114 draw.

While lacking the technical mastery of his opponent, Maidana went on the offensive from the start in a respectable showing. The Argentine lived up to his vow before the bout: "I am not afraid of Mayweather, nothing about him scares me."

But his opponent showed his class in the middle rounds after an uncomfortable opening, when Maidana stuck to his guns and fought from the inside, nullifying Mayweather's lightning-quick hands.

'El Chino' showed admirable work-rate, but despite a greater volume of punches thrown the cleaner blows were always landed by his rival, helping to sway the judges' opinion in Las Vegas' MGM Grand casino.
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