Maidana hoping to make Mayweather pay for rare rematch

Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:51pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Floyd Mayweather Jr rarely hands anyone a rematch and Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana is hoping to make the undefeated welterweight champion regret giving him a second chance when the fighters meet again on Saturday.

For only the second time in his brilliant 18-year career, Mayweather will face an opponent he has met before when he puts his 46-0 record, World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) title belts on the line in Las Vegas.

"I'm calm, I'm in shape and hopefully can change history," Maidana told reporters on Friday after a raucous weigh-in at the MGM Grand attended by thousands of cheering supporters for both men.

"The first fight was very close," the 31-year-old from Santa Fe added.

"I made a couple of errors and I will rectify those and we will see a different result. My punches weren't that accurate, that is why I did not win the fight but this time they are going to be."

The hard-hitting Maidana (35-4, 31 knockouts) gave Mayweather what many regarded as the toughest test of the American's career when the two met on May 4, even though the champion earned the majority decision.

In announcing the rematch, Mayweather, widely seen as the world's leading pound-for-pound boxer, acknowledged Maidana's style was "difficult at best" and that the Argentine had a ferocious will to win.

Certainly Maidana gave the 37-year-old American all he could handle in the opening rounds of their previous clash, the Argentine slugger launching a blizzard of punches and trapping his opponent against the ropes at every turn.   Continued...

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and Marcos Maidana of Argentina pose with the WBC belt during their official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus