It's official. The biggest attraction in boxing and without a doubt the most bankable athlete in the world known to mankind Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO's) announced via Twitter that his next opponent will be Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO's). This fight is scheduled for May 3rd and will be televised on Showtime PPV.
The location for this event is yet to be determined, even though more times than not Mayweather have always showcased his talent at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This time The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. is also rumored to be in the running. It really does not matter where the fight is housed, when Mayweather's name is on the ballot that usually means a sellout crowd. The Mayweather brand has become accustomed to record breaking numbers in the box office.
Why did Floyd Mayweather Jr. choose Marcos Maidana instead of Amir Khan?
What most boxing fans have come to realize about Mayweather is he generally gets what he want in the world of boxing. He put himself in that position some time ago. With the combination of a good solid team including trainers, managers and body guards, he has enjoyed riding at the top of the sport for quite a while now. Not to mention his work ethics. He trains like no other. And he usually stays in fighting shape year around.
Okay. Why Maidana? Mayweather has always been cleaver when it comes to picking his opponents. With the help of his right-hand man Leonard Ellerbe and his very witty advisor Al Haymon, making mistakes is something they just haven't done much of throughout his career. It must be a 'foreign' word to them. They just haven't made many—if any. It seems that everything in that camp is always carefully calculated. Mayweather could have easily followed through with Amir Khan for this May 3rd event, but instead he picked the more dangerous of the two, which is Marcos Maidana. Mayweather felt a victory over Khan would have been obscure.
Since the 'heavy hitting' Argentina based Marcos Maidana decided to change trainers, he's watched his boxing career elevate to new heights. A few fights ago, Maidana moved to the Los Angeles, CA area and started training at a gym in Oxnard. His trainer is the popular Robert Garcia who owns the gym. Maidana said, "Bringing Garcia to his corner was the smartest thing he could have ever done to rejuvenate his career."
"Garcia didn't completely re-invent a fighter, but instead he's helped him sharpen his boxing skills,” said Maidana. He taught him how important conditioning is to a fighter. That was something Maidana lacked. He's always been a brawler with one punch knockout power in both hands. Garcia has taken a brawler in Maidana and turned him into somewhat of a boxer; he's teaching him patience. Stamina issues were always a problem going down the stretch during any fight for Maidana. "His new trainer has concentrated on this issue and it's being resolved," said Maidana.
Maidana's first fight in the United States was against Mexican-American Victor Ortiz that took place in June 2009. Maidana was knocked down three times within the first two rounds, but he got back up and rallied back to beat Ortiz for the interim WBA super lightweight title with a six-round TKO victory. It was that fight that put him on the radar. After what seemed to be a rough start for Maidana quickly changed, when he started to trade heavy blows with Ortiz and hurt him badly in that fight. After that brutal comeback by Maidana, Ortiz was in question whether he should continue his fighting career during the post fight interview with HBO Boxing analyst Max Kellerman.
There have been a few bumps in the road since his meeting with Ortiz, but he has won four straight fights with the most recent being a unanimous decision win over the young popular undefeated welterweight champion Adrien Broner. Maidana shocked the boxing world with how easily he handled Broner. He's unquestionably known as a 'heavy hitter' with power in both hands. He dropped Broner twice in that fight—who had never tasted the canvas before. Broner is also known as Mayweather's lil' protege` and this fight could set the record straight in more ways than one.
When it comes to the fight game, Mayweather is as crafty as a fighter gets. He has a way of making it really hard for fighters who rush in throwing bombs. Mayweather has been known to make a fighter pay with that type of fight plan. Some feel that neither fighter Marcos Maidana or Amir Khan is on Mayweather's level. That this event will just be a lottery payout for Maidana and this fight only helps Mayweather to continue to fulfill his 6-fight mega-million dollar contract obligation to Showtime and CBS.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr., comes out victorious in this fight by a wide margin or wipeout, he will once again be targeted by his critics. If Manny Pacquiao gets past Timothy Bradley in April, no matter how close their fight is—a win is a win. Once again look to hear Mayweather vs. Pacquiao echoing loudly throughout the media and press. This event will be right back on the forefront of boxing. They both just need to get past their next opponent. Then, the echoes get louder. Maybe this coming fall a bolt of lightning will strike.