After beating Marcos Maidana by the skin of his teeth on May 3, it was officially announced Thursday that Floyd Mayweather will take on Maidana once again on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather announced the fight on his Twitter account:
Mayweather earned a somewhat controversial majority-decision victory over Maidana to retain the WBC and The Ring Welterweight titles while capturing the WBA Welterweight title as well. Maidana bogged Mayweather down and frustrated him throughout and came closer to beating him than any of Money's previous opponents.
It would have been easy for Mayweather to back down and say that there was no reason to fight Maidana again, but he decided to take on the challenge and prove that he can win in a more decisive manner.
Perhaps nobody was more impressed by Mayweather's decision than Maidana himself:
This announcement has been expected for a while, as Mayweather first announced his intentions to grant Maidana a rematch during an interview prior to the BET Awards on June 29, per Josh Slagter of MLive.com:
Sept. 13, back to business. Marcos Maidana. Floyd Mayweather, part two. And then in May, I'm fighting in May (2015), I'm going to have a big surprise for y'all.
Back in May, Money alluded to his ability to dictate the difficulty level of a rematch (per Slagter):
Sometimes you get hard-headed and do what you want to do. If we fought again in September, would it be the same fight? Absolutely not. Absolutely not. I can make the fight a lot easier if I want to.
With a career record of 46-0, Mayweather's predictions have always come to fruition. He certainly cut things close during his first encounter with Maidana, so he has a tough task ahead of him in terms of winning this bout more clearly.
On one hand, the close call may motivate Mayweather that much more. Money is a dominant fighter under any circumstance, but with a chip on his shoulder he is even more dangerous.
At the same time, it is possible that he has met his match from a stylistic standpoint. Mayweather is known for his ability to dictate the pace of a fight masterfully, but it was Maidana who took charge in that regard back in May.
While Maidana proved in the first fight that he could potentially beat Mayweather, there are some mixed feelings within the boxing community when it comes to a rematch. Maidana probably earned it based on his previous performance, but some felt the fight itself wasn't great from an entertainment standpoint.
With that in mind, Eric Raskin of Grantland views it as a potentially necessary if uninspiring choice from Mayweather:
Boxer Jamel Herring is fine with the decision, although he doesn't expect the rematch to be nearly as competitive as the first fight was:
At 37 years of age, Mayweather may not have many more fights left in him. As much as fans would love to see him face someone like Manny Pacquiao, that probably isn't realistic at this point. Mayweather would rake in big money against literally anyone, so his willingness to take on Maidana is impressive.
He could easily ride out the remainder of his career facing fighters who don't stand a chance, but Mayweather seemingly enjoys the challenge. There is likely part of him that wants to get back at those who claim he didn't legitimately beat Maidana the first time.
Mayweather vs. Maidana II presents him with that opportunity, and everything Mayweather has done over the years suggests that he will make it count.
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