WATCH: When Floyd Mayweather Screamed in Agony As Marcos Maidana Bit His Hand During Their Iconic Fight

Published 05/22/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. tells referee Kenny Bayless that Marcos Maidana bit him during the 8th round in 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)


Floyd Mayweather has had several heated rivalries in his career, and Marcos Maidana was clearly one of them. Going back and forth with each other in two consecutive collisions, the pair had irked severe controversy in the mix. However, Mayweather was fortunate to walk away with the win on both occasions.

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Nevertheless, Maidana gave him a tough time and revealed a set of loopholes in Mayweather’s game. It was a close collision and both the contests were entertaining. But the rematch in September 2014 saw a bizarre moment when Mayweather accused his rival of biting.

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Almost seven years down the line, the incident continues to garner attention. Although none of the contenders are active now, they seem to have evoked a moment that will be a matter of debate throughout.

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Akin to the original bout, the rematch appeared pretty similar as both men dragged each other to the decision. However, Mayweather apparently cracked his Argentine rival. He appeared the aggressor and kept putting jabs on Marcos Maidana, which turned out to be a crucial factor in the fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on 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)

Meanwhile, it seemed to be frustrating for Maidana, who had a hard time decoding Mayweather’s defense. Starting from shoulder rolls to the head movements, Floyd Mayweather successfully ducked Marcos Maidana’s best shots, and it was a tactical display of boxing.

However, in round eight Mayweather screamed in pain and blamed Maidans for biting his arm. The pair were involved in a headlock and Mayweather was trying to create the gap. That’s when the unbeaten boxer began screaming and it was shocking to watch.

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The referee intervened, and Floyd Mayweather clearly threw dirt on Maidana’s name for trying cheap antics inside the ring. It turned out to be costly, but both men continued fighting. Ultimately, Mayweather continued the dominance till the final bell and claimed the win by 115-112. 116-111, and 116-111 in his favor.

Following back-to-back losses against Mayweather, ‘El Chino’ Maidana hung his gloves with a professional record of 35-5. Despite not being able to vanquish Mayweather, Maidana has made his place in the top-tier and is a legitimate elite of the sport.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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