Here we go again.
Floyd Mayweather is set to enter the squared circle yet again, this time to dance with Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on May 3. But just like Money's last bout with Canelo Alvarez, the threat is minimal as he continues to work his way toward a perfect record and more than 49 victories.
This one has the look of a stinker, too.
Granted, there was something special about Alvarez, at least from a storyline standpoint—even if he too feasted on weak competition. Maidana's claim to fame? Strong punches and a victory over Adrien Broner back in December.
Maidana has hit the jackpot. He'll rake in the cash, as do all opponents who step in the ring with the aptly titled Money. It's sure to be a pay-per-view hit, and this one is taking it a step further and will be offered in more than 500 movie theaters nationwide for $20 a pop.
The main event just so happens to be the worst fight on the card to date.
Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo? Great match. Broner vs. Carlos Molina? Broner is a clear favorite, but he's out to avenge his last loss and should put on an entertaining show. Even J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban has some intrigue.
Let's hand the reins to ESPN's Myron Medcalf for a second:
The Mayweather-Maidana card is the best boxing card in years. Stacked.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) March 26, 2014
Sans the main event, of course.
For those who don't know Maidana, he's 30 years old, strictly a home-run hitter and ranked the No. 8 welterweight in the world over at Ring Magazine. There aren't many who talk this up as a great fight, but Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions sure attempted to do so, via Lem Satterfield of Ring Magazine:
"In my opinion, Maidana's the biggest puncher that Floyd's faced. Maidana's the biggest puncher that Floyd has faced until this point. He has the highest knockout percentage that's out there. Like I said, he's never ever not in an entertaining fight."
The same was said before the Canelo fight. That too proved to be a snoozefest as Canelo simply couldn't connect on enough punches to even make it close.
Mayweather's style has a tendency to put spectators to sleep. He's calculated and on the move with evasive maneuvers, and he picks his spots wisely. His speed hasn't deteriorated with age. Maidana stands about as good of a chance as Alvarez did. Remove the hype of a typical Mayweather bout, and this one is simply a sparring match.
Or as Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum put it, a "tuneup" fight, per Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:
Arum says instead of Maidana, Mayweather should say he is fighting a tuneup fight and sign to fight @MannyPacquiao in the fall.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) April 13, 2014
But as Mannix goes on to point out about Arum's comments, made in a tangent after Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley, it's not like there are a lot of options for a fighter of Mayweather's caliber:
This is where Arum's argument goes off the rails. Is Mayweather-Maidana a blowout? Yes. But given the options, who should he have picked?— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) April 13, 2014
Not Pacquiao. That's a mismatch at this stage of his and Mayweather's careers.
Maidana was the choice, but as is readily apparent, it won't be much of a contest. It will be hyped to the moon and back—it's in everyone's best interest to make it seem like a competitive fight—but Maywether-Maidana won't sniff the top fights of the 2014 calendar year.