In one of the most anticipated fights of the year, Floyd Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KO) will step into the ring against Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31 KO) on Saturday, May 3 in Las Vegas.
While Mayweather vs. Maidana is the main event of the show, there are elite battles throughout the card. The amount of talent billed for the event will be overwhelming and should be enough to sway any boxing fan still on the fence to buy this event.
Here is the full card, predictions for Saturday’s pay-per-view 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||Predicted Winner|
|Floyd Mayweather||(45-0, 26 KO)||vs.||Marcos Maidana||(35-3, 31 KO)||Mayweather|
|Adrien Broner||(27-1, 22 KO)||vs.||Carlos Molina||(17-1-1, 7 KO)||Broner|
|Amir Khan||(28-3, 19 KO)||vs.||Luis Collazo||(35-5, 18 KO)||Khan|
|J'Leon Love||(17-0, 10 KO)||vs.||Marco Periban||(20-1-1, 13 KO)||Love|
Preview and Prediction for Mayweather vs. Maidana
The inclusion of stars like Amir Khan and Adrien Broner on the card makes this the clear-cut best-overall show of the year thus far, but the focus is already beginning to shift to the main event between Mayweather and Maidana.
While Mayweather comes in as the favorite, Maidana is one of the hardest-hitting opponents the undefeated champion has faced in his career. With 31 knockouts in his 35 victories, Maidana leaves a wake of destruction behind him like few others.
Despite having elite power for the welterweight division, Maidana will have the unenviable task of breaking through Mayweather’s impenetrable defense.
That’s a feat no fighter has been able to do thus far, though.
Mayweather has supreme confidence in his ability as a fighter, but he told Santos A. Perez of the Miami Herald that he won’t be taking his opponent lightly on Saturday night:
I know Maidana is going to come and bring his best, so I know that I cannot overlook him, so I’m in training every day and dedicating myself.
I think he’s more confident now than he was when he faced the kid from St. Louis, Devon Alexander. So I think he’s more ready and tough. If you have more confidence, it’s going to make you fight harder.
The key for Mayweather is focusing all of his attention to his defensive game plan. Avoiding Maidana’s heavy hands will be imperative to success, which means Mayweather must focus on his elite footwork, quick hands for blocking punches and head work.
Mayweather is known for his defensive abilities, skills which MMA fighter Derek Brunson cited while tweeting his respect for the champion:
If Mayweather shines defensively, it will open up his offense.
Not only is Money one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time, but he is also one of the most dangerous counterpunchers in the sport. Maidana is a notoriously wild puncher, and when he leaves openings for his opponent to take advantage of him, Mayweather won’t miss.
With more experience and ability as the superior fighter, Mayweather should have no problem dragging this fight the distance and winning via unanimous decision.
Predicted Outcome: Mayweather via unanimous decision
*Stats via BoxRec.com.