According to a May 4 report from USA Today, Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) is interested in a rematch with Marcos Maidana, sometime later this year. Mayweather, 37, has some unfinished business with Maidana because many fight fans felt the Argentinian striker was robbed of victory during their fight on May 3 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who banked $32 million for the fight, said at the post-fight press conference that he would like to duke it out with Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) again this September. Maidana is all for it, and he hyped up the battle by bashing Mayweather at the post-fight presser. Maidana criticized Mayweather for not letting him use the gloves he normally wears.
Maidana wanted to wear Everlast gloves, but Mayweather didn't allow that because he believed that brand did not provide enough padding. Maidana then asked about different gloves, and Mayweather rejected those as well. The glove fiasco wasn't settled until just a few hours before the fight.
At the post-fight presser, Maidana still wasn't over it. He said he'll knockout Mayweather in the rematch, if he's allowed to wear Everlast gloves. Maidana believed he beat Mayweather, so he spoke with lots of confidence at the post-fight press conference.
Mayweather responded by claiming Maidana hit him several times below the belt. Maidana gave Mayweather a much tougher fight than what most fans were expecting. The fight was so close that one judge scored it a draw. The second judge, Burt Clements, saw it 117-111 for Mayweather. Dave Moretti also scored it in Mayweather's favor.
Most of the 16,268 fans on hand for the Mayweather vs Maidana fight booed when the result was read. Mayweather landed more punches than Maidana, but threw less than half as many. Maidana landed 221 punches, while Mayweather connected with 230. That's an interesting stat, because Maidana threw over 800 punches, while Mayweather threw less than 500.
Mayweather was obviously the more accurate striker, but Maidana was more active. Maidana, 30, was originally a 12-to-1 underdog, but the odds dropped to 6-to-1 as fight night got closer. Many boxing fans knew Maidana possessed one-punch knockout power, so the odds began to shift in his favor as fight night arrived.