Mayweather-Maidana 2 confirmed

10/07/2014 19:15

Undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is to have a rematch with Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13 at the MGM Grand.

American Mayweather, 37, won a majority decision -- 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 -- over Maidana, 30, and unified the 147-pound world titles in a very tough fight, one of the most competitive and entertaining of his career.

With that win, Mayweather added the hard-hitting Argentine's World Boxing Association belt to his own World Boxing Council title.

Maidana made a fast start to the 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.

"Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory," said Mayweather .

"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."

On the day of the first fight a controversy arose over the kind of gloves Maidana would wear. Mayweather objected to a pair and the Nevada State Athletic commission agreed, but even when the commission signed off on a replacement pair of gloves -- a model considered better for punchers, which is what Maidana is -- Mayweather still objected.

Ultimately, they made a side deal engineered by Al Haymon, the adviser for Mayweather, under which Maidana was paid an additional $1.5 million to switch to the kind of gloves Mayweather approved.

Ellerbe declined to discuss what the contracts for the rematch say as relates to the gloves but added, "We have a document and if Maidana wants to talk about it, fine. They won't be using no horse hair gloves, but I don't want to get into specifics."