Welterweight

Mayweather vs. Maidana Fight: What Athletes Say About Highly Anticipated Bout

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 30:  WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and WBA champion Marcos Maidana pose during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on April 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a WBC/WBA unification fight in Las Vegas on May 3.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts his WBC and The Ring welterweight titles on the line on Saturday as the world turns its gaze to Las Vegas' MGM Grand, where "Money" will clash with Marcos Maidana.

In return, Maidana will defend his WBA welterweight title in what promises to be a boxing spectacle boasting a global audience. So it seems only just that some of sport's biggest stars give their two cents on the matter.

A bout of such massive profile has unsurprisingly reached further than just its own brand, with members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship floating into the debate.

One particularly big name from the UFC to have voiced his opinion on Mayweather's talents is reigning light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, who believes women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey could take the 45-0 fighter:

And it's unsurprising that after missing out on this opportunity himself, Amir Khan, now in alliance with Mayweather Promotions, has found the time to comment on the fight.

Khan was being tipped to take on Money himself but is now a part of the undercard on Saturday, where he'll go up against Luis Collazo. The Brit says Maidana was "an easy option" for Mayweather, per Boxing News Online:

I’m here to steal the show and I think I will steal the show by putting on a great performance, give a good beating to Collazo and so the fans themselves say we want to see Khan-Mayweather.

Whoever they put in front of Floyd he beats. You have to respect him for that. But he’s not fought anyone like me yet. He’s a great fighter. He’s a technician, he knows when to throw a shot and when not to throw a shot. He’s smart like that. He doesn’t waste much energy.

That's not all the fighting industry had to say about the bout, as one of boxing's most experienced and most seasoned active fighters, Bernard Hopkins, analysed Maidana's chances of taking the matchup:

Hopkins states: 

The only chance that Maidana has [...] if the distractions or any other thing finally catch up, with us, with him, or anybody—which is not a lot of us—on this level at this age, and on these big moments. For him, it's bigger, obviously than me, I'm not going to fake the game.

As David Anderson of the Mirror recently reported, a fight between Hopkins and Mayweather could be in the cards after the former became the oldest-ever unified champion last month at 49 years of age.

Adrien Broner suffered the first loss of his career against Maidana in December of last year, and he too is fighting on the undercard of Mayweather/Maidana. The flamboyant youngster gave his own dissection of the bout while in preparation for his own matchup:

The general feeling surrounding the bout is that this will be another exhibition for Mayweather on Saturday. Maidana will bring enthusiasm and a fast pace, but his style plays to Mayweather's strengths on the counter.

Victory for the underdog would be a giant shock, and the likelihood is that the main intrigue comes from the undercard, when Khan and Broner will attempt to prove themselves worthy future contenders.

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