Mayweather Jr. Vs. Maidana
Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a punch against Marcos Maidana during their fight at MGM Grand on May 3rd. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY

On Monday before the BET awards, we heard one of the greatest words in all of boxing: “rematch.”

Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. announced during an interview at an event in Los Angeles, that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana for a second time on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The announcement comes as somewhat as a surprise as many in the boxing world did not believe that Mayweather would give Maidana a second chance after their last fight was so close. Mayweather won that fight in May, but it was closer than Mayweather would have liked as the scorecards had it 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114. As a boxing fan I too had the fight for Mayweather, but this was the closest fight I’ve seen Mayweather be involved in for quite some time.

“Were still doing record breaking numbers on pay-per-view. On September 13th, back to business – Marcos Maidana – Floyd Weather part 2, and then in May I’m going to have a big surprise for you. Everybody tune in.” Mayweather said.

The surprise he alludes to has some fans hypothesizing a long overdue match with Manny Pacquiao. However, knowing Mayweather’s long dislike for both Pacquiao and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, the chances of that are unlikely. More likely is that the “surprise” is a much anticipated match with Amir Khan who many thought would be Mayweather’s opponent in September. Then again, you never know with Mayweather, he did say after the first fight with Maidana that he would never give the Argentinian a rematch.

Mayweather went toe to toe with Maidana in their first fight, and chances are he will not adopt the same strategy again. Most rematches in boxing go to the loser of the first match. Recently, Manny Pacquiao avenged his first loss to Timothy Bradley, and before that Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Pacquaio in their 4th fight.

Mayweather typically fights his own tactical fight which uses his superior speed, skill and defense to shut out his opponents; frustrating them and countering when available. With Mayweather’s undefeated record and legacy on the line in this fight, I anticipate a more boring fight than the first one as Mayweather will need a dominant performance to cement his legacy and set up the “surprise” bout in 2015.

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