Although the fight hasn't been officially announced, Floyd Mayweather said he'll have a rematch with Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13. He won the first encounter on May 3 with the powerful Argentine by majority decision.
Martin Domin of the Daily Mail passed along comments the five-division world champion made during an interview at a BET Awards-related event over the weekend: "September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana vs. Floyd Mayweather Part II. Then in May, I'll have a big surprise for you."
Here's video of the exchange from LATen Media:
The rematch certainly doesn't come as a surprise. Maidana, 30, was a legitimate challenge for Mayweather, 37, and both fighters will have something to prove when they go at it again in September.
Who's your pick to win the reported rematch?
Maidana wants to prove the first fight was no fluke and that he's truly capable of standing tall against the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. If he can take it one step further and pull off the upset, his career would skyrocket.
On the flip side, Mayweather is going to want a more dominant performance to showcase why he's still the top dog. He's 46-0 (26 KOs), but the last two wins have come by majority decision, which suggests the longtime champion is at least a little more vulnerable.
Shingi Mararike of The Commentary Box agrees it was the right fight to schedule:
Hooooo! Mayweather-Maidana II confirmed for September. That was the right way to go.— Shingi Mararike (@ShingzzMK) July 1, 2014
Since the rematch with Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) was somewhat expected, the more intriguing part of Mayweather's comments concerns the next bout in May. He calls it a "big surprise."
Could that mean progress is finally being made toward a bout with Manny Pacquiao? The fight wouldn't generate the same type of hype it could have a couple of years ago, but it's still a marquee bout fans would love to see.
Amir Khan would be another option. The matchup between the two was heavily discussed in the media before he chose Maidana. It wouldn't be on the same level as a Pacquiao fight, though.
That will draw plenty of interest moving forward. As for now, Mayweather is apparently getting ready for another brawl with Maidana.