Floyd Mayweather Jr. had two opponents narrowed down for his next challenge: Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana. Over the weekend Khan vented on his Twitter account that Mayweather was "running scared", indicating that Maidana had been chosen:
Can I apologies to the thousands of people who are let down. You me and everyone wanted the Mayweather fight. He's running scared.— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) February 21, 2014
Earlier tonight, Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions confirmed that he will fight Marcos Maidana on May 3rd in a main event that will air live on Showtime PPV.
On the line for these two is Mayweather's WBC welterweight title (147 lbs) and Maidana's WBA welterweight belt. Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) last fought in September in a globally anticipated bout with Saul Alvarez, which was officially contested at junior middleweight (154 lbs). In the highest grossing PPV event in history (a reported $150 million on 2.2 million buys), Floyd won a majority decision, although by now most boxing fans have done their part in relentlessly mocking CJ Ross' preposterous 114-114 draw.
Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) posted the highest profile win of his career last December over Adrien Broner, knocking him down twice and otherwise dominating the previously unbeaten Broner to a unanimous decision victory. The Argentine is no stranger to upset wins, as he finished then-unbeaten Victor Ortiz in the 6th round of their 2009 encounter despite being floored a total of 3 times in the first two rounds.
If you want Mayweather to get his first finish since KOing Victor Oritz in 2011, don't bet on it. Maidana has been knocked down multiple times, but he's not been stopped in any of his defeats. This as opposed to Amir Khan (who beat Maidana and knocked him down with a massive 1st round body shot), whose reputation for being chinny has been known since his shocking loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008. All that being said, I personally don't see any way Maidana wins this or keeps it competitive. He was handily outpointed by Devon Alexander 2 years ago and looked completely outclassed, and while he's been much better in recent outings I don't see his style, which is tailored towards heavy pressure and power punching, to be anything too difficult for Mayweather to handle. Not that I think Khan would fare much better (and he could very well be stopped) despite having the faster hands and better pure boxing, but the entertainment value of Mayweather/Maidana is likely to be lower than that of Mayweather/Khan.
From a UFC point-of-view, UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is exactly one week before Mayweather vs. Maidana. Last year, Mayweather vs. Canelo was held the week before UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson, which pulled in a reported 310k buys, the lowest of any Jones fight since he became champion in 2011.
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