The boxing world is still reveling in Manny Pacquiao’s decisive victory over Timothy Bradley, but that was far from the final course in this incredible stretch of bouts.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas will play host to a thrilling lineup of fights again May 3, as Floyd Mayweather puts his undefeated record on the line against Marcos Maidana in the main event.
Here is a look at the entire lineup card for that night, a schedule that should thrill boxing fans looking to tune in, and predictions for the entire event.
|Floyd Mayweather||Marcos Maidana|
|Amir Khan||Luis Collazo|
|Adrien Broner||Carlos Molina|
|J'Leon Love||Marco Antonio Periban|
*Stats courtesy of Showtime’s official website.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana
Clearly, the headline event will be the showdown between Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), who has to be considered the current king of the sport, and Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs).
However, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum wasn’t thrilled with the matchup, which was evidenced by quotes he made to reporters, via Chris Williams of Boxing News 24:
“The Mayweather fight [versus Marcos Maidana] is bad for the public, who are being talked into spending good money on nonsense, and it’s bad for the MGM, which continues to peddle non-competitive matches.”
Arum certainly suggests Maidana will not be able to put up a fight against Mayweather, but the Argentine has won his past four bouts, including his most recent showdown with Adrien Broner, which he won in impressive fashion.
Still, he shouldn’t provide much of a challenge to Mayweather. For one, Mayweather’s reach checks in at 72", while Maidana’s is only 69". What’s more, Mayweather simply has too much power and speed for Maidana, and his footwork is superior. It would be surprising if this is a closely contested match.
Mayweather showed off some of those skills when he gave fans a glimpse of his training:
Of course, a Mayweather victory would bring the usual Pacquiao questions up again, especially since Pac-Man just handled Bradley. Whether boxing fans finally get that matchup remains to be seen, but Mayweather would be wise not to overlook Maidana.
Predicted Winner: Floyd Mayweather
Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo
Amir Khan checks in at 28-3, while Luis Collazo sports a 35-5 record.
There is little difference physically between the two fighters. Collazo has a slight advantage in reach (72” compared to Khan’s 71”) and height (5'9" compared to Khan at 5'8.5"), but neither is significant. That means that whichever boxer executes better, demonstrates superior speed and connects on timely flurries of punches will likely be victorious.
Collazo recently impressed when he knocked out Victor Ortiz in January, and Khan counts two recent victories over the likes of Julio Diaz and Carlos Molina to his resume. Given the momentum each has and the physical similarities, this will be a tightly contested bout throughout, with Khan ultimately prevailing.
Predicted Winner: Amir Khan
Adrien Broner vs. Carlos Molina
The last time the boxing world saw Adrien Broner (27-1), he lost a unanimous decision in the WBA welterweight title fight with Maidana. “The Problem” will be making his debut at light-welterweight against Molina, which adds a layer of intrigue to the match.
Molina (17-1-1) also comes into this matchup off a loss. He retired in the 10th round against Khan and will look to establish some of the momentum he had before that defeat when he goes against Broner.
Molina expressed his excitement for this showdown in comments that come via Dan Rafael of ESPN.com:
I am so excited to be able to fight on a card of this magnitude against Adrien Broner. Sure he's tough, but we all saw what happened in his last fight when he was under pressure. I have the boxing ability and punching power to beat him, and that is exactly what I plan to do on May 3.
Molina isn’t wrong about his power and overall ability. However, there is a reason Broner is considered a notable favorite in this matchup.
Broner has the reach (69.5" to 68") and height (5'6.5" to 5'5.5") advantages and brings more power to the table than Molina. Molina can compete in this fight if he uses his quickness and dodging ability, but all it will take from Broner is a couple of offensive flurries to control the bout.
Broner will find a way to bounce back from his last fight and hand Molina a second-straight loss.
Predicted Winner: Adrien Broner
J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban
The bout between J’Leon Love and Marco Antonio Periban may not jump off the page like some of the others on this card, but it should be entertaining.
Love sports a 17-0 record, while Periban checks in at 20-1-1. Perhaps the most interesting thing to watch in this fight is Periban’s borderline ridiculous 77.5” reach. The only way Love will be able to elude those punches is by orchestrating timely blocks and going on the offensive when the time is right.
Love will be eager to keep the positive momentum going after being suspended and fined for using a banned diuretic against Gabriel Rosado. He has two stoppages since then and can certainly notch his third if he's focused against Periban.
Because Love trains with Mayweather, he should be accustomed to powerful punching. That training will pay off in this fight. The extended reach won’t be an issue because it will be Love connecting on the timely punches.
Predicted Winner: J’Leon Love
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