Has Mayweather put Maidana in his black list?
By Yannis Mihanos: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) after his gutsy victory over Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) earlier this month, he now seems to be close sending the hard hitter from Argentina to the unwanted list of his personal choices. It’s looking like Mayweather will pass up on the idea of giving Maidana a rematch in September.
There are two main reasons why this is happening: First is the most obvious and it has to do with the money that their fight produced on Showtime pay-per-view. Even if the official results have not yet been revealed, it is evidence the financial failure. One vague estimation comes to around 800.000-900.000 PPV buys for the fight. Obviously that’s not a satisfying number for a guy like Floyd and TV channel Showtime. The poor marketing preparation for the fight (with only two and a half months to market the fight) had an impact on the sales. The fight needed more time to be marketed.
Mayweather’s previous fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was a huge big box office hit last September (highest-grossing pay-per-view fight of all time, generating $150 million in revenue from 2.2 million pay-per-view buys) but certainly not this one. Maidana didn’t have a very big fan base, and was mainly known as a formidable fighter.
The second reason that I found is the experience itself in the ring for Floyd: Maidana bullied Floyd and pushed him many times against the ropes. Marcos’s not so clear tactics also resulted to a cut in Floyd’s right eye. Unlike Mayweather’s 2 previous opponents [Canelo and Robert Guerrero], Maidana came with ferocity and with no respect and most importantly with a real intention to win the fight.
Floyd had one of his worst days in the ring ever, and he was far out from his usual comfort zone and gracious style.
So with 3 fights left in Mayweather’s contract with Showtime, it seems obvious that Maidana doesn’t fit anymore in his plans. I would be pleasantly surprised if Mayweather finally agrees to a rematch, because I honestly believe that Maidana has earned a second shot with his performance.
At this point in his career, I think that Floyd is reluctant to take any risks. Floyd is more of a chess player and uses his brain first when it comes to boxing.
Only of course the hardcore fans are left dissatisfied, but in the end of the day it’s them who decide and call the shots.
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