Mayweather vs. Maidana: Examining the Biggest Moments in Each Boxer's Careers

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 29, 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 14:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) hits Canelo Alvarez in the seventh round of their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by majority decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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May 3 will be here before we know it.

Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana continue to train for their upcoming bout, but both have taken extremely different paths to get to this point in their careers.

Mayweather, the 37-year-old pound-for-pound king, boasts a 45-0 career record and is already heralded as one of boxing's legends.

The 30-year-old Maidana, on the other hand, holds a 35-3 record and has had his fair share of ups and downs leading to this fight.

Examining the history of each fighter and looking over the highlights of their careers are great primers for what should be an interesting tilt at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Let's take a look at the biggest moments of each fighter's career while we await their highly anticipated bout.


Floyd Mayweather

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 14:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right at Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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It's tough to pick just a couple highlights from such an illustrious career.

Mayweather has had to fight his way out of some tough situations in the past, and those bouts best showcase his tenacity and intelligence in the ring.

Fights against DeMarcus Corley, Jose Luis Castillo, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto didn't entirely go in the favor of the reigning champion.

While Corley and Mosley landed some great shots against Mayweather, others seemed to win a fair share of rounds.

Regardless, in each of these fights, Mayweather emerged victorious.

One of Mayweather's crowning achievements was his victory against De La Hoya.

Early in the bout, De La Hoya found success working Mayweather on the inside, but Money's defense was superior, as De La Hoya landed more glancing blows to the arms and shoulders of Mayweather.

Later in the fight, Money took control, landing shots at will. He took the victory by split decision, but he certainly appeared to be the clear-cut winner.

After the fight, Mayweather contemplated retirement, as he thought he had nothing left to prove. However, as we now know, that didn't stick.

Cotto proved to be a very formidable opponent for Mayweather as well.

Even at an advanced age, Money continued to display his quickness and intelligence in the ring against a young opponent.

Early in the fight, Mayweather used his agility to move around Cotto in the center of the ring. Cotto quickly caught on and forced Money to the ropes. In true form, Mayweather used devastating combos and rolled with many of Cotto's punches, getting himself out of trouble on numerous occasions.

After Cotto appeared to get the best of Mayweather in the middle rounds, Money shifted the fight in his favor by keeping to the center of the ring and out-boxing Cotto from there.

One unanimous decision later, Mayweather finished one of the best fights of his career.


Marcos Maidana

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Maidana hasn't faced nearly as many quality opponents as Mayweather, and at a younger age, he hasn't seen close to the amount of action as the reigning champion.

El Chino has struggled at times in the ring, losing to Devon Alexander, Amir Khan and Andriy Kotelnik.

However, Maidana has fared nicely in several quality bouts.

By beating the likes of Josesito Lopez, Jesus Soto Karass, Erik Morales, DeMarcus Corley and Victor Ortiz before highlighting his career with a win over Adrien Broner, Maidana is certainly deserving of his fight against Mayweather.

Maidana produced some of his best stuff against Morales.

This fight was a tale of two varying styles. It featured the accuracy of Morales against the hard-nosed, tenacious Maidana.

Beginning with a furious flurry of hard punches, Maidana battered Morales around the ring, hurting his opponent over his left eye.

Toward the middle rounds, Morales began to land some clean punches on Maidana; however, the Argentine was relentless and refused to be knocked around. He continued his barrage of combinations, which proved to be too much for Morales to handle.

By the championship rounds, Morales was completely gassed. Maidana had the stamina to finish the fight strong, which ultimately resulted in a decision in his favor.

In a similar fight, Maidana's prowess was well on display against the heavily favored Broner.

By showing aggressiveness from the inside and landing heavy combinations to the body and head of his opponent, Maidana was able to drop Broner in the second and eighth rounds on his way to a unanimous decision.

This fight not only put Maidana well on the map, but it earned him his shot at facing Mayweather on May 3.