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Boxing: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to Fight Marcos Maidana on May 3
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Boxing: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to Fight Marcos Maidana on May 3

Feb 24 2014, 11:26pm CST | by

Undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced on Twitter that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana on May 3. The fight will take place either at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It's Floyd Mayweather, Jr. versus Marcos Maidana on May 3.  Mayweather made it official on his Twitter account on Feb. 25. He wrote, "I will be fighting Marcos Maidana on Pay-per-view Showtime/CBS...

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Boxing: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to Fight Marcos Maidana on May 3

Feb 24 2014, 11:26pm CST | by

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Undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced on Twitter that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana on May 3. The fight will take place either at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

It's Floyd Mayweather, Jr. versus Marcos Maidana on May 3. 

Mayweather made it official on his Twitter account on Feb. 25. He wrote, "I will be fighting Marcos Maidana on Pay-per-view Showtime/CBS."

ESPN's Dan Rafael notes the fight will take place either at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn:

"The 147-pound unification fight will be carried by Showtime PPV and take place at a venue to be determined -- either in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, the frontrunner, where Mayweather has had his last eight fights, or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., which came into the picture in recent weeks and is making a strong push for the fight. 

"Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schafer, who has worked with Mayweather since 2007 and also promotes Maidana, told ESPN.com that he hopes to have the venue locked in 'in the next couple of days along with the ticket information.' 

"The fight will be the third of the 30-month, six-fight deal worth $200 million-plus that Mayweather signed with Showtime and parent network CBS last February. Mayweather has said he plans to retire at the conclusion of the contract.

"Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) holds titles at junior middleweight and welterweight but will return to welterweight to make his second defense when he faces Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), the 30-year-old crowd-pleasing slugger from Argentina who will be making the first defense of his belt.

"Maidana, who landed the fight over fellow former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan, won his world title in dramatic upset fashion by scoring two knockdowns in a unanimous decision against Adrien Broner in their Dec. 14 brawl at the Alamodome in San Antonio." 

Mayweather told Rafael it was Maidana's showing against Broner which got his attention. 

"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."

For his part, Maidana vowed to do this, per Rafael. 

"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 or undefeated. I will bring some real Latino power to him on May 3rd."

Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times interviewed Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe, who said his fighter should not take a fighter of Maidana's stature for granted.  

"We're ready to go. Maidana's a terrific fighter, a devastating knockout puncher. It's a very dangerous fight. He's a guy that people have overlooked in the past. Floyd has got to be at his best. 

"Maidana's never in a bad fight. We know that from the opening bell, he'll try to knock Floyd's head off. He's non-stop, relentless, can punch with either hand. He won't let Floyd breathe."

According to Pugmire, Ellerbe expects to finalize the fight venue "later in the week."

Mayweather resorted to his social media accounts to ask his followers to vote on who his next opponent will be, The Los Angeles Times report adds. England's Amir Khan actually won the online poll by amassing 57 percent of the fans' votes.

However, Khan grew impatient and called out Mayweather and his team on Feb. 21 on Twitter. 

"No response from Mayweather or his team. Fights not happening. I should of taken the title fight last December against Alexander...

"Very disrespected by his team. Wasted my time

"Good luck to maidana, against mayweather."

Pugmire stresses Khan dropped out of negotiations for a fight against Devon Alexander in December. Ellerbe also told Pugmire that Mayweather wanting to fight Khan was "media speculation that comes with the territory."

On the other hand, The Ring's Lem Satterfield interviewed Madiana's manager Sebastian Contursi on Feb. 24. Contursi said Maidana was unaware of Mayweather's decision on Twitter to fight him until his manager informed him about it at the last minute. 

"Marcos knew that he had a really good chance of being chosen, but I wanted the news to surprise him. So I just talked to him about 20 minutes ago, and that's when he found out. 

"Marcos is a very special guy with a very special personality, so he didn't pay much attention to the stuff on the Internet. He's from a small town in the country in Argentina. So at the moment Floyd made his announcement, he was not aware of it. So he learned from me that Floyd Mayweather had picked him."

The Mayweather bout -- which Satterfield dubs the "biggest" of Maidana's career -- will put off a potential rematch with Broner.  

 
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Oct 20 2014 5:00am CDT | Source: bad left hook

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Pacquiao vs Algieri 24/7 premieres November 8

Oct 20 2014 3:43am CDT | Source: bad left hook

We're just over a month away from Pacquiao-Algieri, so let the hype train get rolling. Manny Pacquiao will face Chris Algieri in Macau on November 22, with HBO pay-per-view broadcasting the fight, and the three-part "24/7" series spotlighting the fight will premiere on November 8, right after the Hopkins-Kovalev card on HBO. Now that we've got that little factoid of TV s ...
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POLL: Pound for Pound: Floyd or GGG?

Oct 19 2014 1:01pm CDT | Source: fight news

By Karl Freitag Photo: Chris Cozzone/Big Joe Miranda WBC, WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather has ruled the pound for pound list for many years, but with 18 straight KOs and 12 world title defenses, m ...
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It’s Friday, And There’s A Story About Floyd Mayweather Teaching Justin Bieber To Box, So Watch This ‘Manny Pacquiao’ Video Instead

Oct 17 2014 3:32pm CDT | Source: SportsGrid

It’s Friday — Friday afternoon, at that — and the news cycle has slowed to a crawl. I know this to be true without even looking at Twitter or Google Alerts or le Reddit because I’ve seen other sites talk about this video of Justin Bieber getting boxing lessons from Floyd Mayweather (don’t click on the link, I just wanted to prove I wasn’t lying — maybe just hover over the text to confirm there’s a URL in ...
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Floyd Mayweather Sr. Promises That Mayweather & Pacquiao Super Fight Will Happen

Oct 14 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Pulse Wrestling

Another day, another story about the dream fight that has yet to happen. While Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, recently said that a super fight against Floyd Mayweather was possible for next year, it appears Mayweather’s camp also believes that the match will happen. In a recent interview with fighthype.com, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., father and on-again-off-again trainer to the champion, confirmed that the Mayweather/Pacquiao match is confirmed. “It’s go ...
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Floyd Mayweather Ready To Enter The MMA Game

Oct 13 2014 4:15pm CDT | Source: Pulse Wrestling

WBA and WBC light middleweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather says that he is ready to enter the MMA game… just not in the way that you would think. In a recent interview with Fight Hype, the boxer explained that Mayweather Promotions is looking to sign MMA fighters, and that he will personally going to host an MMA event sooner than later. “We believe in treating our boxers and our MMA fighters fair. I want a lot of MMA fighters to get in touch with you because Mayweather Pro ...
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Floyd Mayweather plans to promote MMA events

Oct 13 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Washington Post Sports

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a fine boxer, an avid sports bettor, now, an MMA promoter? If all goes as planned, yes. Mayweather revealed his mixed martial arts aspirations to Fight Hype this weekend: “I look forward to putting on my first MMA show also and having me some MMA champions. Like I said before, Floyd Mayweather loves to think outside the box. We’re not just one-dimensional. We are very versatile and we have an open mind.” Read full article >> ...
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Floyd Mayweather Wants to be Fair; Show MMA Fighters the Money

Oct 12 2014 1:09pm CDT | Source: mma weekly

World champion boxer Floyd Mayweather wants to "have me some MMA champions," because he thinks they're being treat unfair and wants to show them the m ...
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Arsenal Playmaker Mesut Ozil Is Desperate To Leave, Claims Respected Journalist

Oct 12 2014 8:52am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Crocked superstar will end Emirates spell... SEE MORE: Mourinho turned down PSG: Jose rejected the French - twice! Highest earning athletes in the world: Floyd Mayweather pips CR7! F1 pit girls: Stunning gallery Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil is no longer happy at the Emirates, and will ask to leave the club in January, writes Rob Shephard in the Daily Mail. The report claims: "Mesut Ozil wants to quit Arsen ...
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Floyd Mayweather Wants To Get Into MMA Because Fighters Are ‘Not Being Treated Fair’

Oct 12 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: balls

Balls.ie He may have been somewhat disparaging about MMA in the past but as we all know, Floyd Mayweather follows the money and it seems he has spied an opportunity to expand his business empire. Yes that’s right, ‘Money’ wants a slice of the ever expanding MMA pie. Not only is his interest in moving into MMA interesting in itself but his rationale behind the move is also quite revealing. For it seems, Floyd is doing it in an effort to get MMA fighters in t ...
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