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Mayweather vs Maidana 2: 'Money' compares return bout to Castillo rematch

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In May's WBC/WBA welterweight unification showdown, Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) was pushed to the limit against a tough Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather narrowly escaped with a majority decision victory in a fight that could have conceivably gone either way. Mayweather was tested... and that is exactly what boxing fans were looking for.

Official scores were 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112, and FightSaga scored it 115-113 for the 'Money Man'

With the rematch less than two weeks way, Mayweather believes he'll be stronger in the return bout and compares his upcoming fight to his rematch against Jose Luis Castillo in 2002.

“I think I have gotten much stronger in this training camp [for Maidana rematch]," Mayweather recently told Steve Farhood.

"I’m making sure that my body is stretched the right way. Every camp is different but I feel comfortable and I’m pretty sure my opponent is ready to fight because I am. All I try to do is to stay positive and get good work in."

An aggressive Maidana pounced on Mayweather from the opening bell, unloading wild shots from odd angles to fluster the pound-for-pound king who spent a fair amount of time with his back to the ropes. He bullied Floyd at times and surprisingly landed nearly as many punches as Mayweather.

But in the end, Floyd would make adjustments in the second half of the bout and do just enough to earn the victory on two of the three judges' cards.

“If you look back at the fight, I think it was very exciting for the first three or four rounds and out of 12 rounds, I would say he won three rounds, but I dominated for nine rounds."

“I am able to make adjustments and adapt very, very easily. I’ve made adjustments before, even with my last rematch almost 12 years ago against [Jose Luis] Castillo."

"I’m in tip top shape and am a lot stronger this fight than when I first fought Maidana. My conditioning is also exactly where it needs to be."

While some believe Floyd was the beneficiary of a poor decision in his first bout with Jose Luis Castillo, the rematch was not controversial. In that bout, Floyd refused to get in the trenches with his foe and used jabs and right leads to keep Castillo off balance to win a unanimous decision in a competitive but uneventful affair.

Castillo said afterwards, "I never figured him out. I think he fought a more intelligent fight this time. I never felt I did anything this time."

Was age a factor in Mayweather vs Maidana?

Some insist Marcos made Floyd look old because he was able to do things other fighters haven’t. And yes, Floyd wasn't able to execute like we've seen in the past but was it due to age or Maidana's tenacity?

“I feel good, every time I go to training camp I feel good. I think this time I am going to display something totally different from the first fight. I don’t think that age plays a factor."

“All I can do is go out there and win and be the best that I can be. I can’t look for any help from the referee. I strictly believe that there will be an even playing field. I want the referee to do his jobs on both ends.


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