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Marcos Maidana dropped his WBA welterweight belt in a unification fight with WBC champ Floyd Mayweather on May 3. Few people outside of his own camp even expected Maidana to be competitive in the bout.
Instead, the hard-nosed Argentine forced the pound-for-pound king to fight for 12 grinding rounds, earning a draw on one judge's card and ultimately losing by majority decision. A detailed report by BoxingNews.com's Bobby Hunter found nearly 20 percent of boxing media felt Maidana either won or deserved a draw.
Considering the lack of other compelling opponents for Mayweather, a rematch for this fall seems likely. Obviously, fans would like to see Mayweather finally face off with Manny Pacquiao, but if that's not going to happen, Mayweather vs. Maidana II would be the next best thing.
I consider it unlikely that Maidana would prevail in a rematch. Mayweather adjusted to his brawling style and was clearly on top in the second half of the first fight. My feeling is that after studying Maidana for 12 rounds, Mayweather would be able to separate himself even more quickly in the rematch.
Then again, I didn't think Maidana could make the first fight competitive.
If Maidana doesn't fight Mayweather, another option I could easily imagine for him would be a move up to junior middleweight to face the winner of Saul Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara. Maidana is one of the hottest fighters in the sport right now, so expect Golden Boy to cash in.