Advertisement
Advertisement

Maidana Thankful Fans Pressured Floyd Mayweather Jr.

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Marcos Maidana is thankful that a large enough faction of consumers considered his May 3 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. competitive enough to warrant a Sept. 13 rematch at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Without them, in addition to Mayweather’s reluctance to consider certain opponents, Argentina’s Maidana is well aware he wouldn’t have received another seven-figure opportunity to dethrone boxing’s pound-for-pound king.

“I think I got the rematch because there was a little bit of pressure from the public,” Maidana said through an interpreter prior to a public news conference Monday in Times Square. “They pressured him into giving me the rematch. That was a big factor in getting the rematch.”

The 37-year-old Mayweather doesn’t think their first fight was particularly close, yet was more than willing to earn another $32 million for facing an opponent he already has beaten.

“I just want to give the fans what they want to see,” said Mayweather, who won a majority decision over Maidana (117-111, 116-112, 114-114). “The fans asked for it. Let’s do it again. Why not?”

Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) and Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) will conclude their five-city, three-day press tour with a public news conference scheduled for noon Thursday at Pershing Square in Los Angeles. They’ll then head to their respective training camps in Las Vegas and Oxnard, Calif., where they’ll each have a little less time than normal (seven full weeks) to train before heading to Las Vegas.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr. Punch-Out!! on 07-17-2014

[QUOTE=PacmanP4PLegend;14771753]Well I for one think the rematch is good, I still tab Floyd to win it but it'll be entertaining. Marcos has a very aggressive fighting style, dude is fun to watch, got good power in his hands unlike somebody…

Comment by radiotracer on 07-17-2014

[QUOTE=Mota Azul;14771338]All this talk about fans wanting him to fight pacquaio....What you all fail to realize is that Floyds HATERS want him to fight pacquaio, his fans just want to see as much boxing from him before he retires.... So…

Comment by Southpawology on 07-17-2014

The peoples champ! Millions around the world are backing you CHINOOO!!!

Comment by PacmanP4PLegend on 07-17-2014

Well I for one think the rematch is good, I still tab Floyd to win it but it'll be entertaining. Marcos has a very aggressive fighting style, dude is fun to watch, got good power in his hands unlike somebody…

Comment by mercenario on 07-17-2014

Like he said after the Ortiz fight. And when he left GBP, because Richard left or pacquiao you are next etc etc etc

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (40)
Top Headlines Joshua Gormley To Face Andy Ruiz on July 16, Detroit Anthony Joshua's Fall Options: Stiverne, Jennings, Pulev, Parker Keith Thurman Very Interested in Facing Kell Brook in The Fall Wilder Embraces VADA, Feels Drug Testing Should Be Year-Round Margarito: Canelo Will Not Be Able To Help His Brother! Golovkin's Promoter: Eubank in The UK Would Be Huge Event Luis Rosa vs. Luis Hinojosa Ends in First Round No-Contest Peter Quillin Mulling New Direction, Move To Super Middleweight Ricky Burns, Kirill Relikh Have 30 Days To Reach a Deal Soto-Karass vs. Kamegai II Eyed For Canelo vs. Smith PPV Telemundo Weights From Mexico City: Ruiz 130, Diaz 129 Jezreel Corrales-Jason Sosa Ordered To Collide By The WBA James Kirkland in Training, Reunites With Ann Wolfe Canelo Back on 'Regular' HBO? - Door is Open For December Rau'Shee Warren vs. Jamie McDonnell Ordered By The WBA Jose Felix Jr. Returns on August 27 on Marriaga vs. Robb Card Thurman-Porter Final Ratings: 3.1 Million Viewers, Highest of '16 Erkan Teper, Despite Suspension, Returns To Face Rossy Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola Take Part in VADA Testing Jarrell Miller vs. Fred Kassi on August 19th, Showtime Ogogo To Eubank Jr: After Golovkin Bashes You Up - I'll Be Ready! Sergio Martinez: Canelo Made Smart Business Move With GGG Nick Blackwell Blown Away By David Haye's Generous Donation Miguel Marriaga vs. Guy Robb WBO Eliminator on August 27th DiBella Thinks Female Pro Boxing Hits Major U.S. TV in 2016 Porter Plots Fall Return, Wants Immediate Thurman Rematch Hearn: Amir Khan Will NEVER Be The Same, NEVER Face Brook Whyte: Don't Be Shocked if Shannon Briggs Drills David Haye Wilder vs. Joshua Will Be Built Up as SHO PPV, Says Hearn Danny Garcia Hits Back at Keith Thurman With Sneaky Reply Haskins vs. Hall is Likely For Brook-Vargas or Golovkin-Eubank Koncz: If Pacquiao Returns, Crawford Not a Thought - Never Was! Mikey Garcia Names Terry Flanagan as Potential Target at 135 Froch Thinks Golovkin Will Struggle With Ramirez, 168 Power Arum: Manny Pacquiao Wants To Fight Again, Not Sure He Can Yet Klitschko Manager Wants Full Investigation on Fury Doping Claim Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras Trade Heated Words Oscar Valdez Ready For The Danger of Hard Punching Rueda Ryan Martin To Make Ring Return on Wilder vs. Arreola Card Povetkin Holds Meeting With WBC: Awaits Decision on Wilder
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement