Mayweather Names Next Opponent
Floyd Mayweather Jr. declares he has a September opponent and it’s not rapper T.I.
Speaking in an interview at the BET awards over the weekend, Mayweather said “September 13th back to business, Marcos Maidana vs Floyd Mayweather Part 2. Then in May I’ll have a big surprise for you.”
If Mayweather was indeed serious about fighting Maidana again, it will only be the second time in his career that he will face an opponent twice. Mayweather fought Mexican lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo in an immediate rematch back in 2002 after a controversial first fight which Mayweather won via a close unanimous decision. Mayweather silenced his critics after another close but decisive unanimous decision win over his erstwhile nemesis.
In Maidana, Floyd will be hoping to do the same, after the scoring in their May 3rd bout was close. Mayweather beat Maidana by majority decision with the scores of 116-112,117-111 and 114-114. Compubox numbers showed that Mayweather out-landed Maidana 230-221 in total punches and 52-36 in total jabs. But the big surprise was that Maidana connected on more power shots than Mayweather 185-178.
The compubox numbers also showed that Maidana landed more punches on Mayweather than anybody has ever had. This led to the belief of many boxing observers that apart from Castillo, Maidana was the closest opponent to beating the spotless Mayweather.
Man of His Word
Maidana was obviously pleased to hear the possibility a second consecutive big payday. He immediately tweeted:
“REMATCH in the talks. Respect for @FloydMayweather man of his word, yet only fist talk in the ring.”
A clearly upset Mayweather immediately offered Maidana a rematch in the post-fight press conference last May, after reporters kept on pressing the question. Maidana contested that his aggressiveness and power punching output should have given him the victory over Mayweather. On the other hand, Mayweather acknowledged the toughness that Maidana brought to the fight but insinuated that Maidana fought dirty to get close to him in the ring.
Each man will have a chance to prove his point come September 13th.
Skeptics though are saying that Maidana fought the best fight of his life last May 3rd and yet lost to Mayweather. There was nothing more that Maidana could have done inside the ring on that night. So if a fighter lost with all he had, he may have nothing new to offer on September 13th and the results would be the same.
Other experts are saying that the only reason why Maidana came close to beating Mayweather was because Mayweather chose to fight Maidana’s fight. Mayweather freely brawled with Chino in the middle of the ring and stood toe to toe with him at times. Clearly, that was far from the defensive boxing that we are accustomed to seeing from Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But should Mayweather choose to box Maidana on September 13th? Plus will the flat footed Maidana miss more punches than he did last May. That may be what Floyd is aiming to do to get a definitive victory and closure over the Argentinian slugger.
But the big part of Floyd’s statement at the BET was not the confirmation of the Maidana rematch but the “surprise on May.” Although Mayweather refused to elaborate, he could be talking about a big fight. And the only surprise that we can expect from Mayweather would be fighting Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather has always said he’d fight everybody, but he’s always said recently that Pacquiao’s is a has-been who doesn’t deserve to fight him. But the poor showing of his May 3rd bout against Maidana in the PPV arena might have made him reconsider fighting Pacquiao in what could be a blockbuster PPV show.
Speculation also grew when Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum hinted that Pacquiao may be fighting Provodnikov conqueror Chris Algieri in Macau on November. Although Algieri beat Pacman sparring mate Provodnikov, he is not considered as a threat to Pacquiao.
Public clamor for the fight has dwindled in recent years due to various reasons including the age of both boxers, but Mayweather’s “May surprise” could hype it up once again.
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