Roach 'fell asleep' during first Maidana-Floyd fight

Posted at 09/01/14 3:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach sees no need for a rematch between American superstar Floyd Mayweather and Argentina's Marcos Maidana, considering that their first encounter last May bored him so much that he fell asleep.

"Why is he fighting a rematch? Why is there a rematch of that last fight?" Roach questioned during an interview with Boxing Scene. "I actually fell asleep during that fight."

Mayweather won a majority decision over Maidana when they fought in May, but the Argentine made a good account of himself and was able to challenge the pound-for-pound king more than his previous opponents did.

Roach, however, dismissed Maidana's chances of replicating his feat during the rematch on September 13.

"Mayweather figured him out after the fourth round, and out-boxed him in every round from that point," Roach said of Maidana.

"He (Mayweather) knows how to fight him now. This time, he'll do the same thing, for 12 rounds," he added.

It is only the second time in his career that Mayweather has given an opponent a rematch. In 2002, he gave Jose Luis Castillo a rematch despite winning their first fight via unanimous decision.

Mayweather answered all lingering questions in the Castillo rematch, as he dominated the Mexican over the course of 12 rounds to remain, at that time, the world lightweight champion.

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