Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather defeated Marcos Maidana by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand.

Floyd Mayweather has hinted that he will face Manny Pacquiao in his next fight after the American defeated Marcos Maidana amidst controversy of a possible bite.

Maidana denied the bite took place but replays suggest it was the reason Mayweather finished the fight – and completed his 47th straight victory – with only one good hand.

With Mayweather facing his next opponent in May 2015 it looks likely that it will be Pacquiao after he told reporters: "I'm going to talk to my team and, if the Pacquiao [fight] presents itself, let's make it happen."

Mayweather won the fight over Maidana by unanimous decision with the judges' scorecards reading 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111 at the MCM Grand.

Maidana's protestations over the bite were weak at best, with the Argentine arguing: "He thinks I'm a dog, but I never bit him. I thought I won the fight but, if the judges want to give it to someone who runs, good luck to him. No, no, I didn't bite him. Maybe he put his glove in my mouth."

Mayweather looked to have been bitten by his opponent in the eighth round and referee Kenny Bayless had a stern word with Maidana in the corner before the fight continued.

The Guardian reported the victor saying after the match: "At first I didn't know what had happened but then I realised that he bit me. My fingers went numb after the eighth round. I could only really use the other hand.

"He's a tough opponent. I was sharper in the first fight, much better. I give myself maybe a C, a C-minus. I'm better than that. I got hit with shots I shouldn't have gotten hit with. I'm staying busy. In the past I fought once a year, now it's twice a year, a lot better."

Whether Mayweather will schedule a fight against Imran Kahn, after promising him a meeting last December, remains to be seen.