US boxer Mayweather wants to erase doubts in rematch
By Greg Heakes ,AFP
July 19, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather says Marcos Maidana should be grateful for the rematch and there is no chance he will allow the challenger to choose the gloves for their September fight.
“He wanted a rematch and I gave it to him,” Mayweather said Thursday. “Don't complain about the gloves. He says he won the first fight so do it again with the same gloves.”
Undefeated Mayweather will face Argentina's Maidana on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas with Mayweather's 147-pound World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles on the line.
A disagreement arose on the eve of their first fight on May 3 when Mayweather objected to the 227 gram (eight ounce) gloves that Maidana wanted to use, saying they didn't have enough padding.
“This is not a street fight; this is not an MMA fight,” Mayweather said. “My health and my career after boxing is what's important. I could hit this guy without gloves and he could never walk again. We use gloves to protect ourselves.”
In their first meeting 10 weeks ago, Mayweather won a 12-round majority decision from the three judges, including one who scored it a 114-114 draw.
American Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) was criticized for not doing enough in the early going as Maidana swarmed him and won several rounds.
Mayweather and Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) met with reporters Thursday at a news conference at the downtown Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel as part of a cross-country promotion tour. Unlike his May fight, this time there was no talk of retirement which Mayweather used to hype the first one.
During the post-fight news conference in May, Maidana's trainer Robert Garcia got Mayweather to agree to a rematch and a handshake on the podium to seal the deal.
Mayweather said Thursday he didn't give Maidana this rematch because he wanted to honor that commitment. He went for it because he sees the first half of that fight as a blight on his career that he wants to wash away with a dominating victory.
“This guy won three or four rounds against me and that never happens,” he said.