Here Comes the Money!Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., called so because he is far and away the highest paid athlete in the world, has been teasing the boxing world for months as to who his next opponent will be. Finally, Argentinean stud Marcos Maidana has been named that man and will take on the pound-for-pound king on May 3 in boxing’s Mecca, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
There is no doubt that Floyd will be heavily favored, a notion supported by his astonishing 45-0 record and the fact that he has shown superiority to his former challengers in almost every way. For example, in Floyd’s last fight, he was nothing but flawless against an also undefeated Canelo Alvarez, who was more than 14 years younger than Floyd! Mayweather showcased a clinic of defensive genius, frustrating Alvarez with a mixture of ducks and counter punches to which Alvarez said, “I just couldn’t get to him,” in the post-fight interview. It has been that same story since first stepped into the ring in 1996, a win that came by TKO in only the second round. The fight generated an incredible $150 million in revenue, the biggest gross ever for any boxing event in history. His nickname “Money” makes even more sense now, yes?
Marcos Maidana is no spring chicken, however, and has an impressive record himself at 35-3 with a whopping 31 of those wins coming by way of TKO. That knockout power is going to be the biggest area of concern for the Mayweather camp and so Floyd’s defense will have to be just as sharp as ever to avoid a strong right hook. Floyd losing would be an upset, yes, but Maidana has been on the winning side of upsets before, most notably in his most recent fight against Adrien Broner. It seemed like everyone and their brother picked Broner to win that night, but steady counter punching and avoiding Broner’s big shots won Maidana the fight easily on all three judges’ scorecards.
It’s almost laughable to say that Floyd won’t pick up win number 46 in a few months, so the best thing you can do if you plan to buy the fight is to hope for an exciting one. Maidana is going to have to make speed his biggest priority and try to circumnavigate the brick wall that is Mayweather’s defense. If he can break through that Floyd could very well be in trouble, but as history has shown that is in no way a small task.
My prediction: Mayweather wins by unanimous decision. 45-0 don’t lie folks!