The 37 year-old, who has won all 46 of his contests so far, shared twelve pulsating rounds with the hardened Argentinian in May and took a majority decision prompting the an agreement to fight again.
Maidana pushed Mayweather all the way and scored punches more often than most who attempted to take the most recognised ‘0’ in boxing before him, although ‘Money’ was reluctant to put that down to any skill on the part of ‘Chino’ as he took the podium in LA.
“Marcos Maidana is a very, very dirty fighter. In our last fight he had over 10 low blows, head butts. He’s in the wrong sport if he wants to fight a bare knuckle brawl, this is boxing. We are both looking to have careers after boxing; I don’t want to risk my health,” said Mayweather.
“Even though we are in a brutal sport, if you beat me, do it the right way. I got here with hard work and dedication and a strong belief in my team. Please don’t cheat to beat me, if you are going to beat me, earn it the hard way.
Mayweather then continued by naming some of his previous foes as greater challenges than the former WBA title holder: “In past fights I would go out and win all 12 rounds. This is the first time my fans have seen someone win multiple rounds against me,” he stated.
“To be honest, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez are better fighters than Maidana. They are better, stronger boxers. With me and Canelo, it was more of a chess match as opposed to Maidana who came at me very dirty and reckless.
“I knew something crazy was going to happen in our fight, which it did, I got a headbutt,” added Mayweather.
Mayweather v Maidana 2 is live on Showtime PPV on September 13
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