There is plenty of excitement surrounding the May 3 clash between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Marcos "El Chino" Maidana, and the same can be said for their weigh-in on Friday evening.
Weigh-ins are more ceremonial than anything, but they still tend to capture the attention of boxing fans. There is always plenty of trash talk, and the potential is constantly present for the fighters to get physical with each other before they ever step into the ring.
Mayweather usually tends to keep his cool, so there may not be too many fireworks, but you never know what might happen when two competitors come face to face.
Here is everything you need to know about how and when to watch the welterweight weigh-in prior to the highly anticipated Mayweather vs. Maidana bout.
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
When: Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. ET
Live Stream: YouTube.com
What to Watch For
Mayweather's Verbal Barbs
It is a well-known fact that Mayweather can walk the walk, as evidenced by his perfect 45-0 record, but few can talk the talk better than him as well. Some boxing observers argue that Mayweather isn't always the most exciting fighter due to his defensive style; however, he never fails to entertain when it comes to building up and hyping his upcoming contests.
That was on full display during Wednesday's official press conference as Mayweather had plenty to say about how he intended to take care of Maidana. Although nothing Mayweather ever says is particularly surprising, he dropped what some might consider a bombshell at the press conference when he admitted that no opponent has ever forced him to perform at the highest level he is capable of, according to Lem Satterfield of The Ring:
If he brings his best, then he may be the first guy to actually make me dig into my bag of tricks and pull out my A-game. Hopefully, he makes me pull out my A-game because throughout my career, all that I've had to use was my B- and C-game to beat every guy. I've never had to use my A-game over my B-game, so we'll just have to see.
Whether Mayweather was being truthful or simply attempting to get into Maidana's head is up for interpretation, but that line certainly had people talking. Mayweather may have said everything he needed to at the press conference, however, he won't pass up an opportunity to take some parting shots.
Mayweather always loves to get the last word in prior to his fights, and boxing fans will be on the edge of their seats in anticipation of what he'll come up with for the weigh-in.
Maidana's Confidence Level
Maidana enters this fight coming off the biggest win of his career over Adrien Broner. Although few are giving the Argentinian star a true chance to win, he has more power than most of Mayweather's past opponents. With that in mind, Maidana has the potential to blemish Mayweather's perfect record with a single punch, so El Chino has reason to be optimistic.
Although Maidana seemed respectful and gracious during the lead-up to the fight, he took on a different tone during the press conference. According to Sean Crose of BoxingInsider.com, Maidana went so far as to take a shot at Mayweather.
"I want to thank my family, my team, and that's about it," Maidana said. "Nobody's given anything to me. And as for Mayweather? I don't give a (expletive) about him."
Some might view that as an act of desperation on Maidana's part in terms of trying to throw Mayweather off his game, but Mayweather is too focused and driven to let something like that bother him. One thing that is interesting to note, however, is that Maidana made reference to Mayweather having a rematch clause in the event of a loss, per ESPN's Dan Rafael:
If that rematch clause is at the forefront of Maidana's mind, then it suggests that he is confident in his chances. Maidana has one more chance to show the world that he doesn't consider himself an underdog when he takes center stage at the weigh-in, and he would be wise to take advantage of that opportunity.
Special Musical Performance
As if Mayweather and Maidana coming face to face on Friday isn't a big enough draw already, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have managed to land a big-name musical act for the special event as well.
According to rapper 2 Chainz on Twitter, he is set to add even more sizzle to the weigh-in:
As seen in this photo courtesy of his Instagram page, the promoters have gone to great lengths to set this weigh-in apart from any other:
In the even that Mayweather and Maidana simply go through the motions and don't provide a great deal of entertainment value, fans will at least be treated to a musical act. There is already plenty of buzz surrounding the event, but 2 Chainz's involvement takes it to another level.
Thanks to this added wrinkle, Mayweather vs. Maidana could very well be the most watched weigh-in of all time.
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