When Floyd Mayweather (46-0-0) steps into the ring against Marcos Maidana (35-4-0) for the second straight fight, boxing fans will be hoping that the second chapter in this battle meets the high expectations set by the initial bout.
To build even more excitement around the blockbuster rematch, Showtime Sports is producing Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 All Access. During the build to the first fight, Showtime did a great job chronicling the journey to fight night, and the company will work its magic once again.
Episode 1 premieres Saturday, August 30.
Here is the full television schedule for the series, an episode guide and more.
|Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 All Access Viewing Information|
|Episode 1||Saturday, Aug. 30||9:30 p.m.||Showtime|
|Episode 2||Saturday, Sept. 6||9:30 p.m.||Showtime|
|Episode 3||Wednesday, Sept. 10||9:30 p.m.||Showtime|
Episode Guide and Fight Prediction
The first edition of All Access featuring Mayweather and Maidana was a showcase of the different lifestyles each fighter led. It helped many fans who didn’t care much about the bout get into the heads of the fighters and was a hit among boxing fans.
Maidana stunned Mayweather with his aggressiveness when the men met the first time in May, and the majority-decision victory for the undefeated champion didn’t sit well for many fans. Now the Showtime cameras will follow each fighter as he prepares for the rematch.
Episode 1 will air on Saturday and deals with the fallout from the first fight. While Mayweather will once again use the platform to show off his riches, it will be interesting to see how Maidana’s life has changed since standing up to Mayweather like few others had in the past.
Maidana made at least $1.5 million off the Mayweather fight, according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.com, and has received more attention from the media than ever before in his life. The Showtime cameras will show whether Maidana is still focused on defeating Mayweather or if the spotlight has clouded his focus.
With plenty of controversy spawning from the first fight, the conversations should heat up quickly in this battle. Whether it was controversy surrounding the gloves each fighter wore or the dirty tactics used in the bout, there is no love lost between these two fighters. The resulting tension should make for must-watch television.
There is no doubt the content of the show will be exciting for hardcore and casual boxing fans, but it makes for the perfect complement to the marquee main event. The final episode of the new All Access season will air just three days before Mayweather fights Maidana again.
The key in the first fight was how aggressive Maidana started. Mayweather doesn’t mind fighting a defensive style, but the challenger broke through his defense several times in the early rounds and did some serious damage, including giving the champion a cut over his eye.
Mayweather absorbed the blows from Maidana early and mounted his own offense in the latter stages of the fight. When the challenger began to show signs of fatigue, Mayweather began using his elite counterpunches to force his opponent onto his heels and into his ideal range.
This time, Mayweather will be ready for the aggressiveness of Maidana. Instead of taking abuse early, look for Mayweather to incorporate more counterstrikes that will deter Maidana from being too aggressive. Maidana will also be looking to save more energy for the last few rounds, so fans should expect a slower start to the fight.
While it may start more slowly, this could be an all-out slugfest from the 10th round on. Maidana understands he won't win a decision and will be looking to send Mayweather to the mat. That game plan could be Money’s key to earning a knockout win of his own.
Unfortunately for the fans, this will end up going to the judges’ scorecards again.
Predicted Winner: Mayweather via decision
*Stats and information via Sho.com.