Mayweather: I’ll bet Maidana’s purse I’ll beat him
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is so confident that he’ll beat Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) in their rematch on September 13th that he’s willing to bet him his purse for their fight. It’s unknown how much cash that Maidana will be making for the fight, but you bet it’ll be somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million.
In contrast, Mayweather will be making in the neighborhood of $32 million, and that’s just the guaranteed green stuff. It’s definitely going to be a number well above that hefty figure.
At today’s kickoff press conference in New York to hype their rematch on September 13th, Mayweather said “The same thing that happened yesterday with Germany and Argentina is going to happen September 13. I’m still trying to figure out if I’m fighting a boxer or an MMA fighter. If Chino Maidana is so confident, I’ll bet him his purse that I’ll beat him!”
I think it’s safe to say that Maidana won’t take Mayweather up on that bet. There’s too much too lose for Maidana and the chances are just too high that he’s going to get beaten again by Mayweather, except this time far worse than in their previous fight on May 3rd earlier this year. Mayweather means business this time and he doesn’t plan on giving Maidana a second handicap by taking it easy on him by fighting against the ropes for 12 rounds like he did last time.
Mayweather’s reference to Maidana’s MMA fighting is from the fouling that Maidana did last time. Maidana tried to rough Mayweather up, and the referee failed to do anything about it to keep the fight under control. There will be a different referee working the rematch, and one can only hope that some of the rough stuff will be controlled so a full-fledged MMA fight doesn’t break out on the canvas.
Maidana said “We’re going 2 prove who won the first fight with this rematch! Thank u to all Latinos who support me. I think the reason he doesn’t want to let me wear my gloves is because he’s intimidated.”
It’s probably safe to say Maidana won’t be able to use his Everlast MX gloves for this fight, because Mayweather already objected to them due to his thoughts that there was too little padding in the knuckles of the gloves. But the glove types should have already been worked out during the negotiations for the rematch. If not, then Maidana is going to need to have his management discuss it with Mayweather Promotions sooner rather than later. The last thing we need is Maidana’s team surprised at the last moment with the gloves they wanted to use being ruled out.
This should be an excellent fight between them. Maidana gave Mayweather his best fight in the last decade, and he showed that he has the kind of fighting style to make it an interesting fight for the boxing fans. This is what the fans need right now after so many disappointing fights that have taken place recently in the boxing world.
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