Floyd Mayweather Jr. will once again square off with Marcos Maidana on September 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, in defence of his WBC and WBA welterweight titles.

The undefeated 37-year-old Michigan-born superstar defeated his Argentinian foe via majority decision in May.

Following Mayweather's masterclass decision win over young Mexican sensation Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, nobody gave Maidana (35-4, 31KO's) any hope of springing an upset against the undisputed pound-for-pound king of boxing.

Impressive Maidana

It was an inspired and unexpected performance from the rough and tough Maidana, who attacked the outspoken favourite from the opening bell. Wild swings and roughhouse tactics saw the Robert Garcia-trained slugger have success early on, but 'Money Mayweather' showed his supreme skill and ring awareness to control the action down the stretch.

In all fairness, Mayweather was never hurt or shaken by the noted punching power of Maidana and he never really looked like having his winning streak ended. Nevertheless, he was made uncomfortable in the early part of the fight and Maidana's gallant losing effort was enough to earn him a second slice of boxing's most sought-after pie.


The rematch is likely to be yet another one-sided and utterly dominant display from the 46-0 (26KO's), five division champion.

A casual fan may think that because Maidana made things difficult for Mayweather in May, he is certain to do the exact same thing the second time around. Unfortunately, boxing doesn't work like that.

In 2002, Mayweather boxed Jose Luis Castillo with an injured shoulder and claimed a narrow unanimous decision to claim the WBC lightweight title. Some thought Castillo deserved more for his efforts that night, so Mayweather set the record straight by once again defeating the Mexican veteran just eight months later.

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You see, Mayweather is a great fighter - one of the greatest ever to have laced up a pair of boxing gloves - and great fighters learn from their mistakes and they come back better. Great fighters adjust to each situation and they find a way to win.

Maidana's best career performance was arguably his first shot at the main man, but the main man wasn't at his best on that night and he still won relatively comfortably.

Anticipate a genial display of boxing brilliance and a comprehensive whooping from the leader of 'The Money Team', and don't be surprised if he forces a knockout.

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