Well, it’s more like Tres de Mayweather, but the point remains the same.
Floyd Mayweather revealed his next opponent on his 37th birthday, Marcos Maidana on May 3. And like Money May, his opponent is also a welterweight title holder.
“Marcos Maidana’s last performance immediately brought him to my attention. 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.”
“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.”
The decision comes much to the displeasure of Amir Khan who hoped to land a date with payday destiny in the ring with Mayweather. Khan narrowly edged Maidana in a thrilling 12-round slugfest in December 2010. The evening saw Khan knock Maidana down in the first round and Maidana returning serve in later rounds with a ridiculous barrage of power punches. With three bouts left on Floyd’s historic six-fight, $200M deal with Showtime/CBS, the battle with Khan (and perhaps Pacquiao) looms as a possibility.
Remember, however, Maidana is the slugger who served Mayweather’s understudy Adrien Broner a cold slice of Argentian homemade humble pie with one punch, turning the immensely cocky Broner into a social media legend in the span of mere minutes.
So perhaps Floyd’s out on a revenge mission for his little homie. Or perhaps Mayweather chose Maidana over Khan due to the latter’s lack of championship hardware. As ESPN’s boxing analyst Dan Rafael suggests, too, the lack of “an impressive performance for the past few years” didn’t help Khan’s case either.
A few weeks ago, Mayweather unveiled a poll on social media for fans to vote on his next opponent, Maidana or Khan. Although Khan won Mayweather’s poll (57 percent to 43 percent), many other outlets conducted their own polls, including ESPN.com, and Maidana was the lopsided choice.
Nevertheless, despite not being expected to draw the astronomic numbers Floyd’s last fight against Canelo Alvarez drew, the fight is set in stone with its own expected lucrative payday. The only question left to be answered is the venue.
Floyd’s boxing home-away-from-home, Vegas’ MGM Grand, is the frontrunner. But in recent weeks Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has made an aggressive push to employ the likes of Mayweather’s drawing prowess.**
Anywho, sixty-eight days, ladies and gents. Sixty-eight days to organize fight parties or plan to attend one. I’m wherever the drinks are coldest and wagers are the craziest. I’ll bring liquor, too. Proper fight party etiquette demands such.
** – This supposes that the powers-that-be assume A) the Nets won’t make the playoffs, B) The Nets will already be eliminated from the playoffs, C) The Nets will be on the road in whatever series they’re playing or D) Adam Silver could make a home game Sunday or Monday in the event the first three options go to hell in a hand basket.