When Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KOs) defeated Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) by majority decision on Saturday night in Las Vegas, it was the first time in years that the undefeated champion looked vulnerable.
With Maidana pushing Mayweather to his physical limit, boxing fans want to see this fight again.
There will undoubtedly be other challengers for both Mayweather and Maidana after such an entertaining in-ring battle, and the rumors and speculation about what’s next for each fighter will be through the roof over the coming weeks.
Here are some of the likely scenarios for each fighter and a prediction surrounding the possible rematch.
What’s Next for Floyd Mayweather?
One of the biggest names thrown around for Floyd Mayweather has been Amir Khan. After Khan beat Luis Collazo on Saturday’s undercard, he showcased why many fans feel he would give Mayweather a serious challenge in the ring.
As intriguing as the battle would be, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated explained why it’s not likely:
With the fight against Khan on the backburner and the hype around the battle between Maidana and Mayweather still fresh on the minds of boxing fans, promoters would be wise to announce a rematch as soon as possible to capitalize on the excitement.
Add in the fact that one of the judges scored the fight a draw and Mayweather took more damage on Saturday night than he has in any of his fights over the last several years, and a rematch against Maidana is what Money needs this fall.
What’s Next For Marcos Maidana?
Every fighter’s best option would be a bona fide draw like Mayweather, but if Maidana isn’t granted the rematch he deserves, taking on a talented fighter like Adrien Broner in a rematch from their first fight would be a good backup plan.
Maidana beat Broner in December of 2013 and earned his way into the fight with Mayweather with his stellar performance. After Broner beat Carlos Molina on the same card as Maidana on Saturday, the timing for a fall fight between the men is perfect.
Broner didn’t look overly impressive against Molina, but he has the name recognition to be the perfect opponent for a fighter like Maidana, who earned a lot of respect from boxing fans with his performance against Mayweather.
With Broner playing the role of bad guy and Maidana as the fan’s fighter, this would not be a terrible alternative if the rematch between Maidana and Mayweather doesn’t come to fruition.
The Rematch Will Happen
While there are always other options for both men, the best possible fight for hardcore and casual boxing fans would be the rematch of Saturday’s battle between Mayweather and Maidana.
As if the excitement surrounding a possible rematch couldn’t get any higher, the two men verbally sparred at the post-fight press conference, according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Dan Rafael of ESPN and David Mayo of MLive.com:
After an incredible fight that featured Mayweather landing 230 punches and Maidana landing 221 punches, a second chapter would likely erase all doubts that were raised by the mixed-decision victory.
One of the three judges scored the fight a draw, 114-114. This rematch must happen.
With Khan likely not an option and boxing fans legitimately entertained by Mayweather and Maidana’s battle, the second chapter in this battle must come to fruition this fall.
*Stats via BoxRec.com.