Maidana: Respect for Floyd Mayweather, a man of his word
By Dan Ambrose: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) was greatly pleased today in hearing the news that WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) has decided to keep his word and give him a rematch on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather had said after their May 3rd fight, which he had won by a contested 12 round majority decision, that he would give Maidana a rematch if he wanted one.
It wasn’t until after their post-fight press conference where things became a little less clear about whether Maidana would get the rematch or not. But last night Mayweather said “On September 13th, back to business. Marcos Maidana-Floyd Mayweather part 2.”
A happy Maidana said on his twitter today, “REMATCH in the talks. Respect for @FloydMayweather man of his word, yet only fist talk in the ring.”
This will be another nice payday for Maidana, and you’ve got to figure that he’ll retire from the sport if he loses the fight, because unless he’s offered a big money fight against the likes of Manny Pacquiao, his only option for million dollar paydays is against Adrien Broner, and that’s a mayday.
Boxing fans will still be interested in seeing Maidana fight Broner even if he gets dominated by Mayweather in their rematch on September 13th. The other important fight that Maidana could have is with Amir Khan, but that’s a rematch that has been elusive for Maidana, because he’s been interested in fighting Khan ever since their fight in 2010, but he’s had little luck in getting him back in the ring.
Maidana lost to Mayweather by the scores of 116-112, 117-111, and 114-114. Maidana felt that he should have been given the decision based on his aggressiveness and higher punch output. But the judges saw Maidana missing tons of shots in every round, and getting hit cleanly by Mayweather much of the time, and that was obviously the reason why he came up short. It generally took Maidana 6 punches thrown before he’d land one, and that hurt his chances of winning the fight.
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