After 24 rounds of boxing with Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather is still the undisputed pound-for-pound champion.
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) successfully defended his WBC and WBA Welterweight and WBC Super Welterweight World Championships with a unanimous 12-round decision victory in a rematch with Argentine slugger Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) on Saturday in front of 16,144 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, live on SHOWTIME PPV®. Continue reading
From Showtime Boxing Analyst Steve Farhood
On May 3, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather outpointed Marcos Maidana by majority decision in a physically demanding welterweight title fight.
On Saturday night, and after four months of contemplation, rationalization, and preparation, the fighters will test skills and wills again.
Will the result be different? Or Will Mayweather win more easily this time?
A sampling of high-profile immediate rematches provides evidence to support either belief.
EASIER IN THE REMATCH
First Fight: Muhammad Ali KO 7 Sonny Liston (1964)
Immediate Rematch: Ali KO 1 Liston (1965)
First Fight: Rocky Marciano KO 13 Jersey Joe Walcott (1952)
Immediate Rematch: Marciano KO 1 Walcott (1953)
Marciano was behind on points when he landed arguably the most significant kayo punch in history. In the return, Jersey Joe looked every bit of his 39 years in lasting just over two minutes.
First Fight: Shane Mosley KO 10 Fernando Vargas (2006)
Immediate Rematch: Mosley KO 6 Vargas (2006)
The first bout was virtually even at the time of the stoppage. Five months later, Mosley utterly dominated in the penultimate fight of Vargas’ career.
First Fight: Evander Holyfield KO 11 Mike Tyson (1996)
Immediate Rematch: Holyfield W DQ 3 Tyson (1997)
“The Real Deal” pulled off a massive upset the first time around. In the return, Tyson unraveled in disgrace, twice biting Holyfield’s ear before getting disqualified.
First Fight: Montell Griffin W DQ 9 Roy Jones (1997)
Immediate Rematch: Jones KO 1 Griffin (1997)
In a close fight, Jones suffered his first loss after hitting Griffin while the light heavyweight title challenger was down. Jones struck like a hurricane in the rematch.
A VERY DIFFERENT RESULT
First Fight: Roberto Duran W 15 Sugar Ray Leonard (1980)
Immediate Rematch: Leonard KO 8 Duran (1980)
First Fight: Carmen Basilio W 15 Sugar Ray Robinson (1957)
Immediate Rematch: Robinson W 15 Basilio (1958)
In New York, welterweight king Basilio surprised middleweight titlist Robinson. But in Chicago, Basilio fought more than half the bout with his left eye swollen shut and survived only on instinct.
First Fight: Roy Jones W 12 Antonio Tarver (2003)
Immediate Rematch: Tarver KO 2 Jones (2004)
Southpaw Tarver proved troublesome in the first fight, but nobody–least of all Jones–anticipated the single left hand that ended the rematch.
First Fight: Micky Ward W 10 Arturo Gatti (2002)
Immediate Rematch: Gatti W 10 Ward (2002)
Brutal and beautiful: In winning, Ward dropped Gatti with a body shot. In gaining revenge, Gatti busted Ward’s eardrum.
Gatti won the third fight as well.
First Fight: Brandon Rios KO 7 Mike Alvarado (2012)
Immediate Rematch: Alvarado W 12 Rios (2013)
When warriors collide: Rios hurt Alvarado in the sixth and finished him one round later. Half a year later, Alvarado changed tactics and finessed his way to a close win on points.