For those who don't want to invest in the pay-per-view for Saturday's fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, there are opportunities to catch live updates as the 12-round bout unfolds.
Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) is seeking to improve his impeccable record to 46-0 versus Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), as the two fighters battle it out for The Ring, WBC and WBA welterweight titles. Maidana is excited for the impending fight that's being called "The Moment" to be put on the silver screen:
The stakes are high, but Mayweather is heavily favored to come out on top and tally another win onto his perfect record and brilliant career. The fighters have a strong contrast in styles, though, so there is at least some logic to the notion that Maidana could make this night interesting.
Read on for more information with regard to where you can catch live, round-by-round updates on the showdown at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, in addition to a preview of the marquee bout.
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While Mayweather is a classic technician and makes the sweet science look like poetry in motion with the way he outsmarts opponents, Maidana should be pulling no punches in this one. "El Chino" has proved he is a dangerous knockout threat, with 31 of his 35 victories coming by way of KO.
One punch could change the course of boxing history. However, with how savvy Mayweather has proved to be over the years, he knows better than to leave himself susceptible to a potential devastating blow from Maidana that could send him to the canvas for good.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, along with other experts, believes that this will be a rather one-sided affair in Mayweather's corner:
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
Nevertheless, Maidana is coming off an impressive victory over Adrien Broner, who was previously undefeated, so the Argentine has to be brimming with confidence. He'll need every source of inspiration to be spirited enough to topple Mayweather in what would be one of the biggest upsets ever, not just in boxing.
What are the chances of Maidana pulling the upset?
A similar scenario played out for Mayweather when he put the first dent in Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's record, as the young Mexican star dropped to 43-1-1 for his career with a majority-decision loss.
It's hard to put much stock in records, because the quality of adversaries isn't always the highest, especially toward the beginning of a boxer's career. Mayweather is an exception, as he's taken on many of the best in the sport and has emerged victorious every time.
That is likely to be the case again, and so long as Mayweather takes care of business Saturday night, the hype will only grow for a prospective dream matchup with Manny Pacquiao.
ESPN's Skip Bayless feels as though Mayweather should take Pac-Man on after the Filipino's brilliant win by way of unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley:
Hey, @FloydMayweather: Pacquiao says he wants YOU and that he's available by phone 24/7. Dare you to make him a credible offer.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 14, 2014
A win would do wonders to bolster Maidana's profile, but again, it does not seem feasible. Mayweather has too much at stake to lose to a clearly inferior foe. Even though he isn't getting any younger, there's no question Mayweather can still call himself the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Whether he puts that to the test versus Pacquiao remains to be seen. For now, what there is to look forward to is Mayweather's ongoing career, which should be appreciated and cherished while he's here, regardless of how the Pacquiao situation plays out.
May 3 shouldn't offer anything new from Mayweather, yet that's the beauty of how great he is. The characteristic prowess will be on display as he rolls to another landmark victory.