Marcos Rene Maidana will try to do what 45 others have failed to do: beat Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather puts his undefeated record on the line once again in a match in which he will be heavily favored. While he is getting up in age at 37 years old, he has not shown any signs of slowing down in his final few bouts.
Of course, Maidana is no slouch either, posting a 35-3 record in his career with wins over some tough challengers. Most recently, he handed Adrien Broner his first career loss in a unanimous decision that featured two knockdowns.
Either Maidana will shock the world or Mayweather will once again show why he is the greatest fighter of his generation. In either case, this is a bout you do not want to miss.
Here is all the information you need to know to make sure you catch every second of the action.
Bout: Floyd Mayweather (45-0-0) vs. Marcos Maidana (35-3-0)
Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: Pay-per-view starts at 9 p.m. ET
Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Watch: Showtime PPV
Odds (via OddsShark on Friday, May 2 at 2:55 p.m. ET): Mayweather (1-10, -1000) Maidana (8-1, +800)
|Welterweight||Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo|
|Light Welterweight||Adrien Broner vs. Carlos Molina|
|Super Middleweight||J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban|
Mayweather is looking to continue his reign as the best fighter in the sport while bringing in a nice bit of profit in the process. It was recently announced that "Money" is the highest-paid athlete in the world:
For a Sport they say is "DEAD" Mayweather did well to top the 25 Highest Paid Athletes list, with Wlad also on there! pic.twitter.com/fUl70dX1mf— LaceupBoxing (@LaceUpBoxing) April 18, 2014
He got to this point by simply dominating everyone he has faced to this point. He is currently No. 1 on ESPN's list of the best pound-for-pound boxers and should be in that same spot for anyone else making the list.
The veteran fighter is looking to turn this competition into yet another easy victory to move to 46-0 in his brilliant career.
While Maidana might be the underdog in this bout, he is not going to feel sorry for himself. In fact, he seems to have a lot of confidence in coming out and doing well, as he explained to Luis Sandoval of BoxingScene.com:
Every time I come into a fight with a good opponent, I'm always the underdog. I'm never the favorite. But that doesn't matter because I like to give surprises.
We all know he's a great champion but I'm preparing well and every time I fight a good opponent and I catch him with a good shot I hurt him and I could knock him out. With Mayweather, I expect to catch him with a good shot and I feel I'm going to hurt him too.
Maidana has certainly shown the ability to force a stoppage. He has knocked out 31 opponents in his 35 wins, including Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez. His hard punch is exactly what should make Mayweather nervous in this bout.
Throughout history, we have all seen good fighters get caught with a huge counterpunch that leads to a shocking knockout. Most recently, Manny Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez thanks to one huge hit.
However, Mayweather's style does not really allow this to happen. He is one of the best defensive fighters ever, always dancing around the ring and preventing his opponent from getting any sort of big hit against him.
According to CompuBox, Money only allows opponents to land an average of 22 percent of their power punches, which is the best among active fighters. This has led to a world's best plus-24 when comparing his total connection percentage to that of his opponents.
This should help him avoid a big hit against Maidana and secure another unanimous decision to add to an impressive career.
For those who do not think the main event is worth the pay-per-view price, the good news is the undercard should be fun to watch as well. ESPN's Myron Medcalf is certainly excited:
The Mayweather-Maidana card is the best boxing card in years. Stacked.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) March 26, 2014
Amir Khan will be intriguing to watch against Luis Collazo, while Adrien Broner will hope to bounce back with a strong performance against Carlos Molina.
There is a little something for everyone in this card, making it one of the top events to watch in years.
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