Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s next fight will come against Marcos Maidana on May 3, according to the 37-year-old's official Twitter account:
As ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael points out, the venue for the fight has not yet been confirmed:
The announcement isn't shocking, but somewhat surprising after Amir Khan beat out Maidana in a recent fan vote Mayweather said he would use to determine his next challenger.
The results were met with plenty of criticism from boxing fans, and now it seems a long-awaited Mayweather-Khan showdown will have to wait.
For now, Maidana has Mayweather's complete and undivided attention, per Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen:
Marcos Maidana’s last performance immediately brought him to my attention. He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him – beat me.
Despite Mayweather's enthusiasm, it will be tough for the boxing community and the sports world as a whole to get excited for this fight.
With 35 wins in 38 bouts—31 coming via knockout—Maidana is a capable boxer, but he hasn't squared off against the same level of competition as Mayweather. Not to mention the 30-year-old Argentine has lost three times since 2009.
Mayweather will enter May's fight as a heavy favorite to advance to 46-0. His defense and quickness have been sensational in recent fights, and it's unlikely that Maidana will be able to overcome such a tall task.
Gaming analyst Todd Fuhrman breaks down the betting outlook:
If Mayweather opens anything less than -800 against Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, there's still going to be tremendous value on Floyd.— Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) February 25, 2014
It's clear that Maidana will have to turn in the fight of his life in order to become the first man to beat Mayweather. In addition to the elite opponent, the South American will have to overcome a monumental stage and a mountain of hype leading up to the fight.
Still, Mayweather is must-see television and will always draw a crowd.
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