Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr., widely regarded as the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announced on Thursday that he will return to the ring in September for a re-match with Argentina’s Marcos Maidana.
“#Mayhem Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 September 13, 2014 MGM Grand in Las Vegas Live on Showtime PPV,” five-division world champion Mayweather tweeted.
American Mayweather improved his perfect professional record to 46-0 with a majority decision victory over Maidana to unify two world titles in their first fight in Las Vegas on May 4. With that win, Mayweather added the hard-hitting Argentine’s World Boxing Association belt to his own World Boxing Council title.
“Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory,” Mayweather said in a statement issued later on Thursday.
“His style is difficult at best, but with experience comes a way and will to win. I’m not one to give second chances in the ring, but I want to give the fans what they want to see.
“I will be as prepared as I always am when I step in the ring on September 13. I only see the outcome one way and that’s another successful night for me and my team.”
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Maidana made a fast start to their May 4 bout, launching a blizzard of punches and trapping his opponent against the ropes at every turn in the first few rounds.
Though Mayweather went on to dominate the second half of that contest, Maidana felt he had done enough to get the decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I definitely feel like I won this fight. Floyd did not fight like a man, like I expected him to,” Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) told reporters afterwards.
By AP (The Philippine Star)