When WBC and The Ring welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (45-0-0) squares off against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3-0) on Saturday, May 3, the boxing world will be on the edge of its seat with anticipation over the marquee main event, as Money puts his unblemished record on the line once again.
The battle between Mayweather and Maidana should be a fierce test for the undefeated champion and is rightfully the focus of most fans. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that the undercard for this bout is one of the best in years. With Adrien Broner and Amir Khan fighting on the same card, boxing fans will be treated to an exciting night from start to finish.
Here is all the vital viewing information, the full fight card and a preview of the main event.
Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
When: Saturday, May 3
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Showtime Pay-Per-View
|Mayweather vs. Maidana Full Fight Card|
|Fighter 1||Record||Fighter 2||Record||Weight Class|
|Floyd Mayweather||(45-0, 26 KO)||vs.||Marcos Maidana||(35-3, 31 KO)||Welterweight|
|Adrien Broner||(27-1, 22 KO)||vs.||Carlos Molina||(17-1-1, 7 KO)||Welterweight|
|Amir Khan||(28-3, 19 KO)||vs.||Luis Collazo||(35-5, 18 KO)||Welterweight|
|J'Leon Love||(17-0, 10 KO)||vs.||Marco Periban||(20-1-1, 13 KO)||Super Middleweight|
Breaking Down Mayweather vs. Maidana
While many boxing fans are writing this fight off as an easy victory for Money, this is Maidana’s chance to cement his legacy. Many have tried to dethrone Mayweather, but few have possessed the raw knockout power of Maidana.
Mayweather is in for a serious brawl.
El Chino is coming off a huge unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner, but it is the 31 career knockouts that Mayweather should be concerned about. With a powerful left hand and a devastating right cross, Maidana has proven to be one of the division’s top power punchers.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told Lem Satterfield of The Ring Magazine about the power Maidana possesses and the issues he could raise against Mayweather:
When he touches people, he hurts them. Go back and look at the Broner fight. I think that it was in the second round where he doesn't even hit Broner with a shot that he turned over. The shot is like a grazing shot, and, obviously, Broner was f___ed up after that and he didn't recover after that. Maidana's a tremendous fighter, and that's what we're preparing for. We know that we're in a fight.
As strong as Maidana has been leading into this fight—he won 10 of his last 12 bouts—Mayweather has become an undefeated legend in the sport without knowing how to handle the power of hard-hitting challengers.
Many athletes appreciate Money’s raw ability, and MMA fighter Derek Brunson took to Twitter comment on Mayweather’s uncanny defensive abilities:
Mayweather has been chastised for his inability to finish fights early, but he fights a defensive style that invites the challenger to attack. Using his superior counterpunching, Mayweather is able to break down even the best offensive game plans.
The champion’s ability to stifle an offensive flurry is infuriating to fighters, and it acts as another manner in which to throw his opponents off. The old adage claims that a good defense is a fighter’s best offense, and Mayweather lives that motto.
There is no doubt that Maidana will come out swinging, but Mayweather will be ready with a mind-numbing defensive game plan. After Maidana shows signs of wearing down, Money will capitalize and flash his unmatched dominance.
Predicted Winner: Mayweather via unanimous decision
*Stats via BoxRec.com.