(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) After his last fight against Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is coming into his rematch with the Argentinian wary of the tricks that he might try and pull on him in their rematch on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather stopped Maidana from using the gloves that he wanted for their previous fight, as Mayweather found the padding around the knuckle portion of the gloves to be too thin. While the gloves weighed the regulation amount for the fight, but the distribution of the padding in the gloves is what Mayweather objected to. Maidana still wants to be able to use that type of gloves for the rematch despite the fact that Mayweather already said no to them in the past.
Mayweather said, “First they [Team Maidana] want to use gloves with no padding, and then they want to use knees, elbows and everything else. My back is always against the wall with Team Maidana.”
The referee that worked their previous fight, Tony Weeks, will not be working their rematch after Mayweather requested that he not get a second shot to work the fight. Mayweather was upset that Weeks failed to deduct points from Maidana for the fouling that he did in their fight, and he wants to make sure that doesn’t happen a second time.
Maidana doesn’t have the hand speed or boxing skills for him to get in the center of the ring and beat Mayweather in a boxing match. He’s got to apply pressure on him, rough him up, and try to get him into a situation where he’s trapped against the ropes and taking punishment like what happened the last time. Maidana says he wants to relax more when he’s in that situation because he was too nervous and trying too hard when he had Mayweather trapped. This time he plans on taking his time, picking his shots, and looking for the perfect moment to connect with his punches.
“[Miguel] Cotto is a solid competitor but we saw what happened to him against Floyd Mayweather. When he fought me, they said he was washed up. Then, he fights again and wins, and apparently, he has been resurrected. Same with [Juan Manuel] Marquez.”
Mayweather doesn’t like the fact that fighters are considered to be washed up after he beats them, but then later on down the line, they suddenly look good when they beat someone that was perceived to be good. Mayweather doesn’t ever get the credit for beating these guys until long after he’s done it.
“There’s always testing. I’m the face of boxing and I want to clean the sport up,” Mayweather said.