After the closer-than-expected fight this past Saturday between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, many fans and pundits have been calling for a rematch. They site the fact that it was the closest Mayweather fight in years, possibly since his pair of bouts against Jose Luis Castillo at lightweight over a decade ago. But will a rematch actually happen? The Mayweather camp has been very vocal about what they feel were dirty maneuvers by Maidana, namely low blows.
Mayweather's head trainer is now his father, who has recently taken over for Floyd's uncle, Roger. Floyd Sr. has never been one to hold back his true feelings about a subject, and despite claiming that he would be fine with a rematch a few days ago, he now says that Maidana doesn't deserve it in an interview with Hustle Boss.
"It was a superb fighter against an mma fighter. He (Maidana) hit him on the balls. He hit him on the hip. He hit him with his head, butted his eyes. Beat him in the back of the head.
"Maidana don't deserve nothin'. With all that stuff that Maidana did....if I was Floyd, I wouldn't fight him again."
So Floyd Sr. has changed his mind after a few days away to absorb what fully transpired on Saturday night. He seems to be totally against the idea of a rematch with Maidana because of the Argentinean challenger's roughhousing tactics.
It remains to be seen how much influence Floyd Sr. has on his son's choice of opponent, however. If it looks like the sales would be strong for a rematch, I doubt they would sidestep it to something less lucrative. Whether Floyd Sr. wants it or not, a rematch could very well happen if the money is right, no matter how many times Mayweather takes a shot to the balls.
I wouldn't mind a rematch. If Mayweather were to instead face Shawn Porter, for example, I wouldn't have a problem with that either. But his bout with Maidana was legitimately close, and while a rematch could turn out to be a huge letdown (I'd be shocked if Floyd doesn't move an awful lot), Maidana would at least receive the satisfaction of getting another chance to prove it was no fluke. When you give the best boxer in the world his most difficult assignment in over ten years, you deserve that.