Press Release: After weeks of speculation, WBC welterweight champion and pound-for-pound leader Floyd “Money” Mayweather will face his WBA counterpart Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on Saturday, May 3rd, live on Showtime pay-per-view. Mayweather vs. Maidana, a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana’s respective 147-pound titles, will be promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), generally credited as the pound-for-pound best active boxer, is coming off of a 2013 in which he scored dominating victories over Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez.
“Marcos Maidana’s last performance immediately brought him to my attention,” said Mayweather, who celebrates his 37th birthday today. “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.”
Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), of Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, captured the attention of boxing and sports fans around the world with his thorough defeat of Adrien Broner on Dec. 14, 2013. The 30-year-old dominated Broner from the opening bell and registered two knockdowns. Maidana connected with a punishing 231 power punches in the bout en route to a unanimous decision by margins of 117-109, 115-109 and 115-110.
“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,” said Maidana, who will represent throngs of Hispanic boxing fans on Cinco de Mayo when he faces the pound-for-pound king. “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.”
“This is an extremely dangerous fight for Floyd as Marcos Maidana is a technical knock-out artist and continues to show us that he gets better with each fight,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Maidana showed so much in his last performance, he’s clearly at the top of his game and a great match-up for Floyd.”
More to come…