Saturday, May 3, Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. (45-0) will take on Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (35-3) in a title unification bout within the welterweight division. The bout will be televised on Showtime PPV and held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Nevertheless, the boxing world has been awaiting Mayweather's decision as to who he would fight next as he made it clear that he was considering two opponents, Maidana, or Amir Khan (28-3).
Even more, Mayweather created a poll in which he allowed the boxing fans to vote on who they felt should be his next opponent. The results of his poll favored a fight with Khan (57%), but with much backlash from the boxing community that Khan did not earn the fight many suspect Mayweather went ahead and rewarded Maidana with the fight. Furthermore, outside polls by ESPN and others favored a fight with Maidana.
Odds wise, according to bovada.lv, the sportsbooks have Mayweather as a heavy favorite at -1200 to +700 in favor of Mayweather. Consequently, it is seems that the only chance Maidana is being given in this encounter is a "punchers chance" to land a knockout blow. However, with 31 of Maidana's 33 victories coming by way of knockout, Maidana possesses the punching power to end the fight at any given moment.
It is no secret that Mayweather is the better boxer by far, but due to Maidana's performance with Adrien Broner (27-1), many Maidana fans will hope to repeat such a brilliant performance. Therefore, it will be imperative that Maidana and his team put together a game plan to get around the significant defensive skills that Mayweather has in his arsenal.
Promotionally, both fighters are handled by Golden boy Promotions and managed by Al Haymon, which made the fight relatively easy to make. Interestingly, Broner had a rematch clause in his fight contract with Maidana, but was likely convinced to step to the side and let the fight happen as he is handled by the same people of both fighters.
Monetarily, the fight with Maidana will mark the third of Mayweather's six fight deal with Showtime that is valued at over $200 million. However, there will be much concern as to whether this fight can generate the type of figures that Showtime had in mind when striking the deal due to the fact that not many people are giving Maidana much of a chance, which could result in boxing fans shying away from the cost of viewing the pay-per-view attraction.
On the other hand, Maidana will surely get the biggest payday of his life as he has been picked to take part in the Mayweather sweepstakes. Outside of a victory over Mayweather, which would likely demand a rematch with Mayweather, this is likely the most money Maidana will ever see from the sport of boxing.
Only time will tell, but one thing is certain which is that Mayweather will be taking on the hard punching Maidana for welterweight supremacy. Maidana certainly deserves the fight, but now it will be up to him to show the world that he belongs and can compete on such a grand stage. Maidana will be a severe underdog and a victory for Team Maidana would be one of the biggest upsets of all time in sports.
Can "El Chino" land the knockout punch that would be heard around the world? That will most certainly be the question leading into the fight!