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Floyd Mayweather feels he could have stopped Maidana, brushes off Pacquiao question

Floyd Mayweather talks Marcos Maidana, Alex Ariza, last night's win, and brushes off a Manny Pacquiao question.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

On Maidana being better the first time around

"I think that when he was with Alex Ariza, who was watching his diet, he was a lot better fighter. He threw a lot more punches the first time. This time around, I kept trying to use my pivot and keep the fight in the middle of the ring."

On Maidana being a dirty fighter

"Of course I said he's a dirty fighter. I'll say it again. He tackled me. He bit me. I guess that's the type of fighter that he is."

On adjustments from May

"The adjustments I made from the first fight, counter-punching a lot more. Using the pivot a lot more. Giving him different looks. Before, I was just going straight back, letting him throw his shots, and then I'd come back. Tonight I was going to the body, wearing him down, but he's a tough, rugged guy. He's a good fighter, I take nothing away from him."

On whether the first or second fight was tougher

"It was a good fight. It was a good fight. He's a solid competitor. He's a tough guy."

"Same thing. He's just a rugged guy. Rugged, dirty fighter. That's Maidana. That's how he fights."

On possibly stopping Maidana last night

"The round I hit him with the body shot, I could tell it hurt him. I went to the body again, then he retreated and said it was a low blow. And I know it was a body shot. He was buying time, so he can basically recoup. Buying time because he was getting fatigued."

"Yes. That round I saw once I went to the body -- I kept going to the body with the jab, and the right hand, and when I finally went to the body with the left, that slowed him down. Drastically."

"Using the check hook, being smart. Timing. Not rushing. Pacing myself. Being smart. Experience plays a major key."

On frustrating Maidana

"He was extremely frustrated, but that's what I do. My fight style is sometimes I can bang with a guy, sometimes I outbox a guy, sometimes I counter punch. We do what we gotta do to get the win."

On his critics

"I don't really worry about the critics. I've been criticized my whole career, and all I did was prove everybody wrong. Like I always say, when all is said and done, only God can judge me. Man can't judge me."

On Alex Ariza

"He showed me some stuff. He showed me some stretches that would help me. He gave me a diet plan. What to eat after the weigh-in, what to eat the day of the fight. And that's what it was."

On Maidana

"He's a rugged guy. He's a rugged guy. I don't take nothing away from him. He will be champion again."

"I was like, 'Man, this dude continues to fight dirty.' My finger is busted. This is the finger he bit through the glove, it busted open. I checked with the doctors in the back after the fight, they said everything is OK. I just can't believe this guy bit me."

On Floyd Sr's reaction to the bite

"I just told him my fingers was numb. He was upset. He was ready to go fight himself. I just said, dad, relax, I got this. Don't worry about it."

On adjusting after the bite

"Just be smart. Be smart. When my hands was numb, I couldn't really use them like I wanted to. That's why I got hit with a couple shots I shouldn't have gotten hit with. That's why I have the bump on my lip, but it comes with the territory."

On having a swollen lip

"It's alright. It's alright. This is the fight game. Things happen. I'm not perfect. I strive to be a perfectionist, but I'm not perfect. I went out there and did what I had to do tonight."

On his feud with Robert Garcia

"I think he takes it personal. It's just business for me. It's my job. ... I think he's upset. I think he's really upset with me. I think he takes that Diego Corrales fight to heart."

On going home after the fight or making appearances

"They're paying me a pretty penny, I gotta make a couple appearances today and tomorrow. You know, six figures for 30 minutes. So it's not that bad."

When asked about Manny Pacquiao

"Yeah, so, we had a tremendous show tonight. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we did good numbers. I want to thank everybody that tuned in and bought on pay-per-view, and everybody who covered this fight. Without you guys, Floyd Mayweather wouldn't be where he is today, so I'm very, very grateful."

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