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Rather than Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather selects Marcos Maidana

Speaking Sunday at the BET Awards in Los Angeles, Floyd Mayweather revealed that he will again scrap Marcos Maidana.

Considering Floyd Mayweather hangs with Justin Bieber, Marcos Maidana has a chance.
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Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) is tentatively slated to battle the 30-year-old Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In an enthralling prizefight, Mayweather earned a majority decision over Maidana to unify welterweight world titles on May 3.

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

“September 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana vs Floyd Mayweather Part II,” said Mayweather, 37, the sport’s pound-for-pound king. “Then in May, I'll have a big surprise for you.”

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.

According to CompuBox, Mayweather was struck by Maidana more times than by any other opponent in his fabled career as a defensive virtuoso.

Nevertheless, many pundits and onlookers had warmed to the idea of a rematch between Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.

During their original bout in May 2012, Mayweather universally outscored the 33-year-old Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs).

However, Junito managed to bruise and bloody the usually untouchable “Pretty Boy.”

Last month, in an extraordinarily dominant performance, Cotto stopped Sergio Martinez six seconds into the 10th round to capture the middleweight championship at Madison Square Garden.

Meeting at a maximum weight of 159 pounds, the 5-foot-7 Cotto sacrificed size, speed and power against the 5-foot-10 Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs).

Nevertheless, Cotto floored Martinez three times in the first and once more in the ninth and was ahead 90-77 on all three cards when trainer Pablo Sarmiento mercifully halted the beating.

Looking reenergized and throwing fists with a noticeable confidence, Cotto and Freddie Roach devised an aggressive plan to bully Martinez.

Under the tutelage of Roach, Cotto appears to be in the midst of a renaissance.

Cotto, the first Puerto Rican boxer to win crowns in four weight classes, is throwing more left hooks to the body with Roach and the duo will continue thriving in the rugged world of pugilism.

Regrettably, because Mayweather avoids fighters trained by Roach like anthrax, neither Cotto nor Manny Pacquiao were legitimate options.

Accordingly, expect Floyd Mayweather to get “back to business” and again outscore Marcos Maidana this Mexican Independence Day weekend in Sin City.

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