In one of the biggest fights that will take place in 2014, undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KO) will square off against Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31 KO) on Saturday, May 3 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather is the biggest draw in the sport today. While Maidana doesn’t have the mainstream notoriety of his opponent, he does possess the raw skills in the ring that could potentially give the champion issues.
Regardless of which fighter is victorious, this promises to be an entertaining main event.
Here is the vital viewing information for the pay-per-view, the stacked fight card and a preview of the marquee battle between Mayweather and Maidana.
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|
Previewing Mayweather vs. Maidana
Mayweather’s unblemished record has most boxing fans believing that this fight will be an easy victory for the veteran, but Maidana is too strong of a fighter physically and mentally to let an opportunity this big pass him by.
While Maidana may not be victorious in this matchup, he and his team have done everything in their power to give Mayweather the fight of his life. With Maidana possessing 31 career knockouts, boxing fans should expect him to come out fast and consistently through a high volume of punches.
Mayweather is one of the best defensive fighters in the world, but a steady onslaught of heavy punches from Maidana will wear Mayweather down over the course of a 12-round fight and could result in open punches.
Even UFC fighter Derek Brunson can attest to the defensive success of Mayweather:
Maidana spoke to the media on a conference call, via Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook, about training with Robert Garcia and the impact that has made on his in-ring ability:
I better now that he's been working with Robert Garcia. I feel much better. My punches are connecting even stronger now because the punches are being thrown in a better location and with precision. I feel a lot better. I feel much, much better now that I've been working with Robert Garcia.
I'm fighting and beating great fighters. Most of them have the same style, very similar style and defensive, but I already beat Broner the way I did and I think I can do the same with Mayweather, but until I'm in the ring, and we'll look at things that no one has seen.
There is no doubt that Maidana has fought well over the course of his career and deserves the spotlight of a main-event fight, but Mayweather has kept his place on top of the mountain for a reason.
As Mayweather shared via Twitter, he is still working hard to get better as the fight approaches:
Early in his career, Mayweather would use his speed and unmatchable power to knock out his opponents, but as the years progressed, Mayweather adapted his style to that of a lethal counterpuncher who allows his defense to breed offense.
Maidana will try his best to break though Mayweather’s elite defensive game plan, but just as all the others have failed, the Argentinean fighter will fail to land heavy shots on the elusive champion.
There is no doubt that Father Time will slow Mayweather’s pace a bit as it has over the years, but as long as his head movement is crisp and his feet are fast, Money should have no problem collecting the decision victory.
Prediction: Mayweather via unanimous decision
*Stats via BoxRec.com.