Marcos Maidana said he was "robbed" in losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a majority decision in a welterweight world championship unification fight. It looks as if both fighters will be returning to the scene of the crime in a few months.
The undefeated Mayweather, who was nearly beaten Saturday night by the 10-to-1 underdog, said he's willing to fight Argentina's Maidana again in September, providing the money is right.
"He's a rugged guy," Mayweather said after two judges scored in his favor, 117-114 and 116-112, and a third ruled it a draw, 114-114. "In September, if we fight again, will it be the same fight? Absolutely not. I could have made the fight a lot easier if I wanted to."
With his outstanding performance, Maidana probably denied welterweight Amir Khan the chance to be the next fighter to face the 46-0 Mayweather. Khan, an Olympic silver medalist from England, was disappointed he didn't get the nod over Maidana to fight Mayweather in the first place. Khan beat Maidana by unanimous decision in 2010.
But even if Mayweather were to choose Khan, it wouldn't be that simple. A Muslim, Khan will not fight in September because it would conflict with Ramadan, a month of fasting for the faithful. Mayweather has circled Sept. 13 as his desired fight date.
A day after California Chrome raced to a 1¾-length victory as the 5-2 favorite in the Kentucky Derby, 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman and his star horse received a stream of visitors at Churchill Downs.
"It's pretty cool, I can tell you," he said Sunday. "Beating all the big boys, and maybe they had their doubts that this horse wasn't a runner, but when you run against him you find out. He's the real McCoy, this one."
Now the oldest trainer to win the Derby and his horse are headed to Baltimore for the Preakness in two weeks, the next step on the Triple Crown trail. It will be Sherman's first trip to Maryland since 1959, when he was a jockey at the old Bowie Race Course. Sherman, who has worked at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields during his career, rode some races at Laurel during his 23 years in the saddle but has never visited Pimlico.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 71st minute to help the New York Red Bulls beat FC Dallas 1-0 and extend its unbeaten streak to four games.
Serena Williams brushed aside Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 6-1 to open her defense of the Madrid Open title, and Maria Sharapova beat Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.
In the men's tournament, Novak Djokovic withdrew before the start of the event because of a right wrist injury.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.