Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) and his trainer Robert Garcia were both trying hard to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) to agree immediately to a rematch next September following their fight last Saturday night, but Mayweather was clever enough to realize that he needed to step back after initially saying he’ll give Maidana a rematch in order to think it through carefully. Maidana wants the rematch, and the big payday that will come with it, as he’ll likely never see the kind of big money again for the remainder of his career unless he suddenly raises his game another level.
It’s going to be tough for Maidana to try and get a rematch, because he was a huge 12-1 underdog in the fight, and Mayweather likely won’t be interested in facing an underdog like that a second time unless the pay-per-view totals end up being out of this world high. That’s not very likely, even though Mayweather picked Cinco de Mayo weekend for the fight.
The judges scored the fight 114-114, 116-112, and 117-111. That’s another reason why Maidana likely won’t get the rematch. He gave Mayweather far too tough of a time with the pressure that he put on him in the fight. Mayweather isn’t going to be eager to face that kind of pressure a second time. Additionally, Maidana was following constantly in the fight in terms of rabbit punches, low blows, holding and hitting, and kneeing. Why would Mayweather want to fight someone like that a second time when he can fight an opponent who plays it a lot cleaner with less pressure put on him.
The problem that Mayweather has is that the top welterweights that he would be expecting to fight – Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman – are pressure fighters with good power. They’d no doubt go after Mayweather to look to score a knockout and put him under the exact same pressure that Maidana did last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.