Mayweather vs. Maidana: Odds and Round-by-Round Predictions for Saturday's Fight

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Mayweather vs. Maidana: Odds and Round-by-Round Predictions for Saturday's Fight
Eric Gay

When Marcos Maidana met Adrien Broner last December in San Antonio, the smart money said the rugged Argentine would be summarily dismissed as "The Problem" continued to stake a claim that he'd ultimately inherit boxing's pound-for-pound throne from incumbent kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the coronation.

Rather than playing an outgunned second banana, Maidana brutalized Broner for significant portions of their 12-round scrap, wrested away the champion's World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title and placed himself squarely in the running for a chance to succeed Mayweather without waiting for a voluntary exit.

That chance comes Saturday night in Las Vegas, where Mayweather aims for his third straight win since signing with Showtime and a 46th consecutive victory since turning pro after he won Olympic bronze in Atlanta in 1996.

The oddsmakers don't believe Maidana will provide much of a challenge, as evidenced by the $1,000 wager required to gain just $100 as of Monday afternoon on VegasInsider.com. Meanwhile, a $100 outlay on the underdog would bring back a $650 windfall in the event of an upset.

And for his part, the favorite is insisting Maidana is a force not to be trifled with.

"Adrien Broner's a good boxer and he roughed Adrien Broner up and he got to victory, so we can't say what this guy, what he can or he can't do," Mayweather said in a pre-fight conference call. "We cannot overlook the guy. I can't just say he's going to be an easy fight because he's not going to be an easy fight for me, I don't think so. What I have to do is I've got to make sure that I'm at my best. So May 3 I've got to go out there and take my time, keep my composure and be me. Everybody thinks he's just going to be a pushover, but I don't think so. That's why I'm training hard and I'm pushing myself to the limit every day."

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time: Showtime pay-per-view starts at 9 p.m. ET; main event after 11 p.m. ET.

Venue: MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

Odds: Mayweather (-1000), Maidana (+650)

Note: Odds provided by VegasInsider.com and correct as of 4/28/2014 at 5 p.m. ET; subject to change.

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