Floyd "Money" Mayweather should welcome a rematch against Marcos "El Chino" Maidana with open arms, as it wouldn't be difficult for Mayweather to outlast Maidana and dominate him throughout the fight.
Not everyone shares that same opinion, however—especially not boxing legend Roberto "Mano de Piedra" Duran. Duran told BoxingScene.com exactly what he thought about the fight, and he didn't hold back:
Very Simple. If there is a rematch, Floyd will run from Maidana. He is just going to hold and run. He won't be able to stop Maidana and he knows Maidana will once again be looking for a war. ...
For me 'El Chino' won it [Saturday night's fight]. Indeed, the fight should have ended in a draw, but they didn't want to damage the record of Floyd, so what happened happened.
I wonder how Duran really feels.
Sure, the fight was a close one. Judge Michael Pernick called it a draw at 114-114. The other two judges, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, scored the fight 117-111 and 116-112, respectively, in favor of Mayweather, per Bob Velin of USA Today.
Maidana felt he won, however, saying "give me a (bleeping) rematch" in the post-fight press conference. Mayweather quickly responded with "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."
Yeah, so there's that.
So, in September, we'll likely see these two fighters square off yet again. The last fight was close, but don't expect this one to be the same. There will be fireworks and words exchanged from both sides, but expect this potential bout to be all Mayweather.
Mayweather will have to learn a lot from their first meeting to dominate the second. Maidana threw an uncanny number of punches (858, per Velin). This kept Mayweather on his toes all fight long. Not many of these assaults were calculated, however, as Maidana didn't land many of them. This kept Mayweather in a defensive mode, rather than in an offensive one.
Unless Maidana switches into a more calculated style in September, Mayweather will certainly adopt a new strategy to combat Maidana's brawler mentality. As one of the smartest athletes in his individual sport, Mayweather will learn from any errors he made in sizing up Maidana the first time around.
As per the usual, Mayweather was effective in landing accurate strikes and doing so with consistency. None were particularly powerful, however, and that's probably because he didn't have enough time to really rear back and fire. That's likely a result of Maidana's onslaught.
Expect a strikingly different outcome in the second fight.
Look for Mayweather to come out blazing in hopes of tiring Maidana out quickly. Money is likely past knocking opponents out at this stage in his career (given both his age and previous hand injuries), so it's going to come down to a decision. Expect this one to be unanimous, though—one without a chance of going Maidana's way.
Mayweather is already one of the most motivated fighters in the history of boxing. Maidana's comments will simply add more fuel to a fire that is already a borderline inferno. Money will be 47-0 after September rolls around.
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