Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced on his social media accounts Thursday that he’ll fight a rematch against Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather (46-0, 26 knockouts) and Maidana (35-3) engaged in an entertaining bout on May 3
at MGM Grand that one judge scored 114-114, while the others gave Mayweather a victory by decision, 116-112 and 117-111.
“When we looked back at May 3, we collectively viewed it as an exciting, competitive, entertaining fight and to put it simply that’s why we wanted to do it again,” Showtime Vice President Stephen Espinoza said of a fight his network will broadcast on pay-per-view Sept. 13.
“We saw a Mayweather opponent that came to fight, connected on Mayweather more than any other opponent and made him work every second of every round. Everyone came away satisfied. Maidana learned some important lessons. Mayweather wasn’t particularly satisfied. It was a simple decision to do it again.”
There had been uncertainty about where Mayweather would box next after his ally Richard Schaefer left his position as chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions, but Espinoza said Oscar De La Hoya’s company will co-promote the fight in Las Vegas using the Golden Boy promotional license.
A news tour to publicize the bout is expected to start next week in New York, ending in Los Angeles, Espinoza said. The first bout didn’t have a press tour and reports were that pay-per-view buys were lower than typical Mayweather fights.
Espinoza would not disclose the first fight’s numbers but labeled it “a financial success.”
He said he had no information about undercard fighters, but added an Adrien Broner-Lucas Matthysse fight is not expected to be part of the show and could happen earlier than Mayweather-Maidana.
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