SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2014 – The world’s best paid athlete will ensure another year at the top of the list when he steps in the ring tonight in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) faces Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31 KOs) of Argentina in a welterweight championship bout. Maidana is coming off an impressive unanimous decision against Adrien Broner in December, a fight in which Maidana put Broner on the canvas twice. It earned him Saturday’s opportunity against Mayweather.
Mayweather is overwhelmingly favored to win. You don’t bet against someone who hasn’t lost in 45 professional prizefights.
But imagine missing this fight and risking the outside chance it could be the first loss for the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Upsets happen, and serious fight fans would be crushed to miss it.
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Does Maidana have a chance against Mayweather? He’s got more of a chance than Mayweather’s last few opponents. But like anyone who faces Mayweather, Maidana will have to find the target before he can test his power against the world’s number one pound for pound boxer. He may get one, perhaps two chances to hit Mayweather hard, and those punches must count.
The undercard fights all feature boxers who have something to prove, although for different reasons.
Amir “King” Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) of Great Britain fights for the first time at welterweight against Luis Collazo 35-5, 18 KOs) of Brooklyn. Khan’s career has been in free fall with losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. Khan wanted to face Mayweather, but Maidana got the nod instead. With a smart performance, Khan may be Mayweather’s dance partner.
Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) takes on Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs) of California in a 140-pound super lightweight contest. Broner looked shaky in his last fight against Maidana. Broner is a natural talent inside the ring who often lacks the work ethic and focus necessary outside the ring. He sees himself as Mayweather’s heir apparent, but he needs to focus more on emulating his mentor’s work ethic instead of his social flash. Molina is a well-trained, steady fighter who would love to prove Broner isn’t all that.
Mayweather Promotions super middleweight boxer J’Leon Love (17-0 10 KOs) also needs to impress the audience in his fight against Marco Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico. Love scored a TKO win in his last fight, but his resume is still thin.
All fighters made weight with ease on Friday.