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Maidana Looks To Build On First Fight

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Maidana looks to build on first fight

After pushing Mayweather to the limit in May, Maidana ready for Saturday's rematch

By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- On May 3, former two-division world titleholder Marcos Maidana came as close to becoming the first man to defeat pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. as anyone has in more than a decade, since he escaped with a decision win to claim the lightweight championship against Jose Luis Castillo in their first meeting in 2002.

Maidana, the Argentine slugger, swung for the fences with hard, looping right hands and did his share of damage against Mayweather, one of the great defensive fighters in boxing history, who was having a bad night on defense. For six rounds of their welterweight unification fight, Maidana looked like he might do the unthinkable: beat the best fighter in the world. But Mayweather adjusted, found his distance, shored up his defense and outboxed a tiring Maidana during the second half of the fight to win a majority decision on scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.

Now, four months later, with Mayweather having agreed to the second rematch of his career, Maidana has the opportunity to see if he can be the one to make the adjustments and close the deal this time around when they meet for Mayweather's welterweight and junior middleweight titles on Saturday (Showtime PPV, 8 p.m. ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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