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Since at this point I no longer have much confidence Floyd Mayweather will ever fight Manny Pacquiao, a rematch with Marcos Maidana made sense. Maidana made the last fight closer than any Mayweather has had in years and will bring the same tenacity and aggression to the return bout.
Mayweather's many haters, and even some more objective fans, will claim that Maidana deserved the nod last time. The Argentine brawler's profile was elevated significantly by his close call in May. This fight should at least garner better pay-per-view sales than the last one.
But whether the sales will live up to "The Money Team" hype is another matter. The truth is most fans don't think Maidana actually did enough to win last time, and Mayweather is the sort of fighter who traditionally gets better with more time to study an opponent up close.
But, again, Maidana was the best available choice. The other leading candidate, Amir Khan, would have done well with English fans. A fight between Mayweather and Khan would sell out Wembley Stadium.
But North American fans would be unlikely to buy Amir Khan, who has been knocked out twice, as an opponent for the pound-for-pound best. And while Khan was waiting in line, fellow Brit Kell Brook has entered the picture. Brook is a newly crowned, undefeated champion who just upset a popular, young American champion in Shawn Porter.
So don't be surprised if Brook supplants Khan in the Money sweepstakes. Meanwhile, Maidana gets a second chance in September.
Showtime's All Access doesn't even debut until August 30, so the promotional blitz has yet to enter its final push. It's too early to really gauge how big the sales will be for this event.
But it's safe to predict that win or lose, Mayweather will once more be cashing a monster check.