If you’re wondering why WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) selected Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) to fight again in a rematch on September 13th with just 10 weeks out, it’s because Mayweather had few appealing options for his fight.
This is what Dan Rafael of ESPN points out. Mayweather’s choices for his September fight were thin with him having to decide from this small bunch: Maidana, Keith Thurman, and Shawn Porter. Thurman and Porter brought nothing to the table due to them being little known fighters that still haven’t established a huge following, whereas Maidana has the ability to bring in a sizable number of Mexican boxing fans despite him being from Argentina and not Mexican.
A lot of Mexican fans like Maidana, and with Mayweather scheduling his fight on the Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend on September 13th, he set it up to where the chances of him bringing in a lot of Mexican fans were high.
“I’m pretty sure that everyone involved, Floyd, Showtime, Haymon, etc… know that they are dealing with a limited field,” Rafael said on his chat this week.
As much as Mayweather would have liked to have picked out a more appealing opponent for his September fight, there really wasn’t anyone available. Amir Khan can’t fight in that month due to Ramadan, and Miguel Cotto will be fighting in December and wouldn’t be ready by September.
Mayweather couldn’t pick Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to fight again, because it’s still too early yet after their previous fight in September of last year for them to fight again. The rematch, if it happens, will need to take place next year after Canelo picks up wins over Erislandy Lara and possibly Cotto. Wins over them would set up a huge Canelo-Mayweather rematch for September 2015.
Maidana will make it interesting with his power and his aggressive style of fighting. Even if the Mayweather-Maidana rematch doesn’t bring in monstrous pay-per-view numbers on Showtime, you can still count on the fight doing close to 1 million buys. If there was another option for Mayweather to fight then he clearly would have gone in that direction, but there really isn’t anyone. WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia will be fighting Rod Salka on August 9th, so he wasn’t available to take the fight with Mayweather.
The good news for Mayweather is that his fights in 2015 will be big ones for sure. His last two fights will very likely involve guys like Manny Pacquiao, Cotto and Canelo. You can forget about Amir Khan, because he won’t bring in the cash like Pacquiao, Cotto or Caneo and Mayweather knows this.