The next Floyd "Money" Mayweather pay-per-view extravaganza is on the horizon. This Saturday from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, he will take on Marcos Rene Maidana with Money's undefeated record and his WBC and WBA welterweight titles on the line.
Maidana earned his way into this opportunity by beating up the previously undefeated Adrien "The Problem" Broner in Dec. 2013.
He'll be looking to become the first man to crack the Mayweather code.
Here's how you can watch the action.
Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas
When: Saturday, May 3; card begins at 9 p.m. ET
TV: Showtime pay-per-view
Live Stream: Box Nation’s LiveSport.TV (only in UK)
Will Maidana Catch Mayweather with a Big Shot Early?
Mayweather has been known to start a little slow at times in his career. "Sugar" Shane Mosley landed a big shot on Money in the second round of their bout, DeMarcus Corley stunned him in the fourth round, and Zab Judah got the best of him early.
But like every other opponent, those three lost their attempts to beat Mayweather.
Still, their relative success has to give Maidana some hope of landing a sport-changing punch early.
There's one thing to ponder, though. Even if Maidana lands a shot against Mayweather, it'll likely take more than just one to finish him. Though he's rarely had to show it because of his brilliant defense, Mayweather has a pretty good chin.
He's never been down in his career.
Mitch Abramson of The New York Times told Lem Satterfield of The Ring Magazine: "I see Marcos Maidana having success early on but as the fight goes into the later rounds, I see Floyd taking over, frustrating Maidana and maybe getting an easy unanimous decision."
That seems like a logical prediction for the bout.
Will Mayweather Look for the Stoppage?
Mayweather hasn't stopped an opponent since 2011. Speaking to Satterfield, the pound-for-pound kingpin said:
I love accomplishing certain things. That's a part of my legacy, of course, but I don't go in there just winning this belt. I want to look impressive and I want to put on a good show and we don't look for this fight to go the distance
Despite the fact that Maidana has never been stopped and that Mayweather isn't a knockout fighter, a stoppage win for Mayweather isn't out of the question.
This fight could unfold similar to the way his bout with Ricky Hatton did in 2007.
Maidana will put on constant pressure, but his aggressiveness might cause him to run into a well-timed counter that ends the night.
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