Welterweight champion and boxing cash cow Floyd Mayweather Jr. has finally picked his next opponent. Mayweather took to Twitter on his birthday to announce that he will be squaring off with Marcos Maidana in a welterweight unification bout on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas:
I will be fighting Marcos Maidana May 3rd on Pay-per-view Showtime/CBS http://t.co/mtj7H8WVxu pic.twitter.com/Rc2N87zcjP
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 25, 2014
“Marcos Maidana’s last performance immediately brought him to my attention,” Mayweather said. “He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him — beat me.”
Said Maidana, “I am extremely happy to be facing Floyd Mayweather because it will give me the opportunity to show the world that I am the best welterweight in the division. I just handed a great defensive fighter his first loss and I plan to do the same to Mayweather. I don’t care whether he’s the best and undefeated. I will bring some real Latino power to him on May 3rd.”
Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) is coming off of a convincing victory over Adrien Broner in December to claim the WBA Welterweight title, handing Broner his first loss as a professional. Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) defeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September to claim the WBA and WBC light middleweight titles. Mayweather and Maidana will need to both weigh in max 147-lbs a day prior to the bout.
Mayweather has made it an annual occurrence to face a Hispanic fighter on Cinco De Mayo weekend, which he has dubbed “Cinco De Mayweather”. He easily defeated Robert Guerrero May 4th in 2013 a year after dismantling Miguel Cotto on May 5th in 2012.
Maidana is a powerful puncher than proved he can box as well is his victory over Broner. He may have an outside chance of handing Mayweather his first career loss, although Mayweather’s quickness, speed and precision punching despite his age (37) should give him the age and another unanimous victory at the end of the day.