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Leonard predicts rematch between Mayweather and Maidana will ‘be a better fight’

Speaking Sunday with Fight Hub TV, International Boxing Hall of Famer “Sugar” Ray Leonard predicted that the upcoming rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana is “going to be a better fight.”

Ray Leonard would have beaten either Floyd Mayweather or Marcos Maidana.
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The 37-year-old Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) will again battle the 31-year-old Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In their original prizefight in May, Mayweather earned a majority decision over Maidana to unify welterweight world titles.

“Pretty Boy” officially outscored Maidana by counts of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 in front of 16,268 electric fans.

A powerful and beloved Argentinean backed by thousands of raucous supporters, Maidana fought aggressively, muscled Mayweather against the ropes, and relentlessly launched wild overhand rights.

Unfortunately for Argentina and “El Chino,” who entered as a 12-to-1 underdog, Maidana rarely landed flush shots and Mayweather consistently countered and connected with solid left hooks and lead right hands.

Still, according to CompuBox, Mayweather was struck by Maidana more times than by any other opponent in his fabled career.

"This fight is a very intriguing one,” said Leonard, 58, who captured five belts in five different weight classes and was rightfully named Fighter of the Decade for the 1980s by Ring Magazine.

“I think now both fighters know each other, so it's going to be a better fight, because they'll be better prepared. They'll know what to expect. I think you'll see more punches and probably a knockdown.”

Leonard (36-3-1, 25 KOs), one of history’s premier pugilists who emerged victorious against ring icons Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler, admitted he thought Mayweather would outclass Maidana.

“I expected Mayweather to blow him away. But Maidana's a force to be reckoned with. We'll see,” said Leonard.

Mayweather will not brawl or allow Maidana to chaotically throw fists in the sequel.

In fact, Mayweather will “be better prepared” and he’ll quickly gain command of the squared circle.

Accordingly, expect Floyd Mayweather to utterly befuddle Marcos Maidana and secure an emphatic triumph on points next month.

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