Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in a little trouble after getting punched by Marcos Maidana in the 8th round of their fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, and he complained to the referee that Maidana bit him in the hand.
After Mayweather backed away like a cobra bit him, referee Kenny Bayless separated the two fighters. He examined Mayweather’s gloves first, and then Maidana’s gloves second. He didn’t see anything unusual and let the two continue fighting.
"He bit me! He f'n bit me!" pic.twitter.com/Ay865hTfiv
— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) September 14, 2014
Mayweather had been placing his hand to cover Maidana’s face to keep his opponent from breathing comfortably when they were huddled, so the bite may have been Maidana’s way of retaliating, if it happened. In fact, Maidana seemed to say as much in his post-fight interview. He denied biting Mayweather, but complained that Floyd kept rubbing his eyes.
“After the eighth round I really couldn’t use my left hand,” Mayweather told interviewer Jim Gray after the fight.
Here’s another view of the alleged bite: