Did Marcos Maidana Really Knockout Floyd Mayweather’s Tooth and Turn It Into a Pendant?

Published 05/27/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 03: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on while taking on Marcos Maidana in their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather is most famous for being one of the best defensive boxers in the last two decades. The undefeated superstar never lost a fight, and most of his opponents could seldom hurt him. However, Marcos Maidana was one fighter that hurt Mayweather the most.

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The two fought twice in 2014, and both fights were blockbuster events. Mayweather narrowly won the first fight on a controversial majority decision. However, a big talking point came in the second bout even though Mayweather won more convincingly.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in corner during a break between rounds while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The 50-0 boxer showed his class and beat Maidana with a unanimous decision. However, it was not smooth sailing, as Maidana hurt ‘TBE’ several times. He even infamously knocked out a tooth. This showed how close the bout was.

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The incident came in the third round when Maidana had Mayweather backing up to avoid an onslaught. While ‘Money Mayweather’ tried to bob and weave his way out of trouble, ‘El Chino’ landed a powerful overhand right, and something flew out of Mayweather’s mouth. It appeared to be his tooth.

Marcos Maidana kept Floyd Mayweather’s tooth as a pendant

This incident sparked a lot of talk between fans and the fighters. It was one of the few times ‘TBE’ found himself under such pressure. However, the drama did not end there as both fighters continued their feud even after the fight ended.

The Argentinian claimed he kept the tooth and turned it into a pendant. When fans and critics started doubting these claims, the former champion even posted a picture to his social media to prove he had it.

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Unsurprisingly, Mayweather denied losing a tooth and said, “He didn’t knock my teeth out. Not at all!” he also added, “He’s a strong guy, he’s a good puncher, but no, as far as my teeth missing, absolutely not.” (h/t Insider)

To this day, there is no way to know if Maidana really knocked out a tooth from Mayweather. Moreover, there is no confirmation that the pendant he posted was from the superstar boxer. However, it will always be one of the most bizarre stories about Mayweather in the ring.

Do you think Marcos Maidana really knocked out a tooth from Floyd Mayweather?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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