On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather won a majority decision but Marcos Maidana probably earned himself a rematch. And while the two may square off again, you probably shouldn't expect a different result.
Maidana did just about everything right, at least everything he could do right. He swarmed Mayweather, pressured him, threw 858 punches (landing 221, the most Mayweather has ever been hit with, according to CompuBox), kept him on edge, if not uncomfortable.
And the whole time, you couldn't help but think that Mayweather was nonetheless under control.
Some may say that Mayweather showed his age a bit on Saturday night but, more likely, he simply decided to stand in and fight against Maidana to provide fans with a more entertaining bout if he wasn't going to provide them with a more worthy adversary.
Maidana did his part, surely, and he earned the initial fight by beating Adrien Broner. But if Mayweather pulled out all of his tricks, decided to put on one of his technical shows, dipped and ducked and dodged and jabbed his way to a precise, incisive victory, well, would anyone be talking about a rematch?
Probably not. At the end of the day, Mayweather is the superior boxer, and a rematch won't change that fact. Broner he is not, after all. Dan Rafael of ESPN certainly doesn't think a rematch would be any different, even if the probability of it happening is high:
Because there is no obvious fall opponent for Mayweather to fight (we don't include Manny Pacquiao because we've been there, done that), there was a lot of post-fight talk about a rematch. It seems doubtful the outcome will be any different, but if folks want to see it, so be it.
That, ultimately, is the key. Do the people care to see this fight again? Did Mayweather stand in there enough and let Maidana come at him enough and make the fight entertaining enough that a rematch would be profitable?
Maidana, for his part, advocated for the rematch, claiming he had won the fight after the match, even though he landed less punches despite throwing twice the amount Mayweather did. And Money May seemed like he might grant the challenger's desire for a rematch, via Rafael:
Maidana, of course, felt robbed and wants to do it again.
'Yes, I did go after him. He's a difficult fighter but I won,' he said. 'I would have to give him a rematch because I won the fight [because Mayweather had a rematch clause in his contract]. Yes, I would give him a rematch.'
Ultimately, the decision will rest with Mayweather, who talked about possible retirement in the days leading up to the fight. But he didn't sound that way after the toughest fight of his life.
'If the fans want to see it again,' he said, 'let's do it again.'
Maidana was a bit more forward at the post-fight press conference, via Bob Velin of USA Today:
Maidana said, 'Give me a (bleeping) rematch.'
Mayweather, standing at the podium while Maidana sat to the side, replied: 'We can take it back down there right now if you want. Put the ring back up. … It's not a problem. If he feels he won, we can do it again in September.'
What does Mayweather care if he can technically pick apart Maidana in the ring? One way or another, the bout will make Money May a ridiculous amount of scratch. Just take a look at this picture he posted on Instagram after the fight:
The caption below that picture read, "$32,000,000.00 for 36 minutes. I'm waiting for the PPV numbers to come in so I can make another $38,000,000.00 on the back-end... making it a grand total of $70,000,000.00."
It turns out, when Mayweather says, "If the fans want to see it again," he's really saying, "Hey, if it earns me an armored truck full of cash, let's do it."
Because Mayweather, like any boxing expert, knows the result will be the same. Not just the result in the ring—he'll win—but also the result in his bank account.
Yup, he'll win there, too. He always does.