Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Mayweather, Maidana Set for Rematch

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Mayweather, Maidana Set for Rematch

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Mayweather, Maidana are ready for rematch

Floyd Mayweather Jr. saw enough of Marcos Maidana the last time around to know what to expect when they meet tonight in Las Vegas in a surprisingly quick rematch.

That's the big reason he spent a lot of time before the fight talking about the respect he has for referee Kenny Bayless, and the job he thinks Bayless needs to do if Maidana uses the same roughhouse tactics he employed in their first fight in May.

"I'm pretty sure (Maidana) is going to be once again extremely dirty and wild, and my job is to keep everything under control the best way that I can," said Mayweather, who won the first fight by majority decision. "I was able to make the adjustments in the first fight and we'll see if he can make the adjustments this time."

Maidana is only the second fighter to get a rematch against Mayweather (Jose Luis Castillo lost a close decision in their 2002 rematch), and the Argentine has vowed to be even better than he was in what was a close first fight.

"I think Floyd got pressured by the press and I think that he knows the first fight was close so he's giving me the rematch," Maidana said. "And I have to take full advantage."

There are two titles up for grabs, the 147- and 154-pound belts held by Mayweather. The biggest thing at stake is an 18-year perfect professional record of 46-0 for Mayweather. Maidana is 35-4.

Serbia wins, will play U.S. team in final * Milos Teodosic scored 24 points and Serbia reached the championship game of the Basketball World Cup by beating France 90-85 on Friday night in Madrid.

The Serbians will face the defending champion and unbeaten U.S. on Sunday.

Teodosic helped Serbia lead by as much as 18, but Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers nearly brought the French all the way back, finishing with 35 points.

Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs added 13 for France, which will play Lithuania today for the bronze medal.

Hawks' Ferry takes leave * Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence after making racially charged comments about a potential free agent. …

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