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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Marcos Maidana Rematch Preview

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In the first fight in May Marcos Maidana came dangerously close to beating Floyd Mayweather Jr, perhaps closer than anyone has in the last decade.

Maidana was relentless throwing, looping right hands from all angles against Mayweather, one of the best defensive fighters in boxing history.

However, Maidana couldn’t finish the job and Mayweather went back to being Mayweather in the middle of the fight and came away with a majority decision on scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.

That one judge had it tied tells you all you need to know about going into the rematch tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Maidana knows how close he came to winning the first fight and will take a similar tact during the second tonight and in the words of his trainer Robert Garcia has trained like never before.

“I just know that I have to win. I’m focused on winning,” Maidana said through a translator at Wednesday’s final news conference. “I am going to take out any doubts in my mind about the first fight. I’ve adjusted now and I think I’ll be ready. I noticed that being aggressive and attacking him is what makes him uncomfortable.

“I think I did get tired in the first fight. I have to pace myself a little better and this time around I will be better. If the knockout comes, great, but I’m ready to go the distance, as well. I’m ready to make history.”

With a full training camp this time around, Maidana and Garcia believe it will be a benefit and that Maidana won’t fade the way he did in May.

The 37-year-old Mayweather knows he will have his hands full just as he did last time and will adjust his strategy accordingly.

I expect to throw more combinations this time. I can’t say if the rematch will be easier. I won the first fight, [so] it’s up to him to change. The champ can make adjustments and I can be especially smart about it. Nobody can solve the May-Vinci code.

“I always find a way. Whether I am 26 or 37, I still find the way to win. I guess when you win all 12 rounds, or 10-plus rounds so many times, fans and the media get spoiled. The bar is set so high.”

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