The Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr-Marcos Maidana bout is being billed as The Moment.
Whether it'll represent a moment that forever lives in history—meaning a loss for Mayweather—or just another moment that demonstrates his superiority in the sport is the question.
The undercard has some big names and two intriguing matchups. All in all, it should be an entertaining night of fights.
Here's how you can watch:
Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada
When: Saturday, May 3, card begins at 9 p.m. ET
TV: Showtime pay-per-view (contact your local cable provider for details)
Here's a look at the undercard bouts:
Light welterweights: Adrien Broner vs. Carlos Molina
Welterweights: Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo
Light middleweights: J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban
The Amir Khan-Luis Collazo matchup is interesting. Khan has the speed and pure boxing advantage, but his weak chin is always a concern,
Collazo is coming off an explosive second-round KO win over Victor Ortiz in his last fight. There's no doubt he has the power to test Khan's beard.
J'Leon Love is perhaps the prize prospect in Mayweather's TMT stable. He'll have his hands full with Periban. The latter boasts a 77.5" reach. It could create a problem for Love on the outside.
Broner is making his comeback after losing to Maidana in his last fight. However, almost no one expects the light-hitting Molina to give him any problems. Each of them will have their time within the moment to shine.
What's the Big Deal With the Main Event?
For Mayweather, everything he does in the sport is about his legacy and money. He wants to go down as the best in history—or at least in his era.
Retiring undefeated would give him a distinction unlike any of his contemporaries. He's also forever on a paper chase, and he's established a formula for raking in the dough and piling up victories.
Mayweather's flashy persona coupled with his extraordinary gifts has made him one of the few must-see boxers over the last 10 years.
The more he wins, the more his haters hate him, and the more his legend grows.
Maidana has already vanquished Adrien Broner, a man many see as a Mayweather wannabe.
If the Argentine can stop Mayweather, he'll become the hero of the portion of boxing's fanbase that doesn't care for the flashier personalities.
It might be a mistake for Maidana and his fans to think that stopping Money is the same as solving The Problem.
It’s all well and good having the power to trouble an opponent, but it’s rendered irrelevant unless you can catch him. Mayweather holds a great speed advantage over Maidana, and as soon as the Argentine drops the intensity by the tiniest amount, Mayweather will pounce.
Per this tweet from Willie Macho Classen Jr of Beta Boxing Fuel, Maidana isn't coming off as a guy lacking confidence:
Maidana: When I hit Mayweather with a brutal shot, I will finish him - http://t.co/9VZLrzc2Dm— Willie Macho Classen (@Willieclassen) April 14, 2014
Only time will tell if Maidana has what it takes to shock the world and beat Mayweather.
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