It’s not quite a Gatti Ward II, a Durran Leanord repeat, a Sugar Ray Robinson-Carmen Basilio II and far from an Ali Frazer rematch.
Indeed, BETFAIR give odds of 1/8 on a Mayweather repeating the feat and beating 11/2 outsider Marcos Maidana for a second time in a manner of months. However, whilst Mayweather is probably the biggest ever big rematch favourite of all time, victory is certainly a not a forgone conclusion and is one fight fans should turn into watch.
Why? Well we let you know below.
1) Floyd Mayweather is a true boxing great. A legend of the game, a world champion since 1998 and the Pound for Pound World number 1 is a must see. Add the fact ‘Money’ has revealed his Maidana rematch will be his third last bout, fight fans have to take any opportunity available to see a puncher that will be remembered along side the all time greats trade leather before its too late.
2) Maidana gave Mayweather his hardest test for sometime. Some might argue Mayweather was more inconvenienced than troubled by the tough Argentinian, but the men that matter – the judges had it close. Indeed Michael Pernick carded a draw 114-114 and Dave Moretti had just four rounds between the pair at 116-112. Burt Clements saw Mayweather a wider victor and scored the fight 117-111 in the World champion’s favour.
3) There is always a chance when watching Mayweather you can witness history. Can Maidana become the first man to beat a fighter who hasn’t tasted defeat in his 46 previous bouts and write his name into the history books.
4) Maidana was competitive in the first bout and comes into the rematch with a little less ring respect for a man previously deemed untouchable. Not only has he claimed to have learnt from his first clash back in May, he claims he comes into this clash fitter and full of confidence. He is only the second fighter every to get a second chance against the cross over star since Jose Luis Castillo back in 2002. Can he use to first bout as a platform which to beat Mayweather.
5) Maidana is always value for money. He comes to fight and is rarely in a bad clash and if you don’t like his ‘dirty’ style you can always rejoice in hit and don’t get hit expert Mayweather. The Argentine can also be vulnerable to big shots and had visited the canvas on numerous occasions throughout his career. That vulnerability always adds excitement.
6) This one of the rare times in his career Mayweather has a point to prove and that could inspire a master class or indeed a more aggressive approach. Whilst the result of the first fight was never in doubt Mayweather didn’t quite get the plaudits he is used to post bout. Mayweather ‘on the slide’ talk even emerged and the man intent on securing his legacy may just be motivated to take out a fighter he out pointed in May. The 37 year old also wants to punish Maidana for being ‘dirty’ .