For a moment, it seemed like Marcos “El Chino” Maidana could do the unthinkable – hand pound-for-pound champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather the first loss of his brilliant career. Only for a moment.
Mayweather, who is now the WBC and WBA Welterweight World Champion, prevailed with a hard-fought majority decision victory over Maidana in the main event on Saturday on SHOWTIME PPV in front of 16,268 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Continue reading
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By Lyle Fitzsimmons
Redemption is quite often in the last place you search for it.
And in the case of Adrien Broner, that just might have been the Bald Eagle Rec Center.
The city-owned gym in the gritty surroundings of Washington, D.C.’s southeast side doesn’t exactly fit the more-spectacular-than-thou persona that the young showman had cultivated for himself on the way to collecting championships in three weight classes before his 24th birthday.
In fact, while intermittently showing the stuff that great ones are made of in one-sided title wins at 130 and 135 pounds – alongside a more-punishing-than-it-was-scored vanquishing of Paulie Malignaggi at welterweight – Broner seemed equally if not more cognizant of the part in his hair, the tracks on his rap CD and the would-be balance in his “About Billions” bank account.
So, when the express train to Canastota was derailed in San Antonio last December courtesy of a grinding beat down at the fists of no-frills Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana, the knee-jerk reaction was that the soft loudmouth had gotten a hard comeuppance and would scarcely be heard from again. Continue reading
The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV® event, “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” is now complete with the addition of two stellar 10-round bouts. Opening the pay-per-view event will be a super middleweight matchup between unbeaten J’Leon Love and former title challenger and Mexican Olympian Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico City followed by a junior welterweight bout featuring exciting former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner against the hard-hitting Californian Carlos Molina. The scintillating fight card, headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo, will take place on Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in what many are calling the best top-to-bottom pay-per-view boxing event in many years.
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From Sports Illustrated: Inside Boxing Writer Chris Mannix
Mayweather is coming off a decisive win over 154-pound champion Saul Alvarez last September and has been weighing two possible options for his next fight: Maidana and Amir Khan, a former unified junior welterweight titleholder. Last December, Khan was believed to be a strong favorite to land the fight. Khan had pulled out of a proposed 147-pound title fight against Devon Alexander and talks between Mayweather and Khan’s camp had progressed to the point that multiple sources close to the negotiations believed it to be a done deal.
The landscape changed on Dec. 14, when Maidana (35-3) defeated highly touted — and immensely popular – titleholder Adrien Broner. Maidana’s performance against Broner, which drew 1.3 million viewers, the third largest audience on record for a fight on Showtime, thrust him into the potential pool of opponents for Mayweather. And after two months of negotiating — which included Mayweather posting a poll on his website asking fans who he should fight next — Maidana was selected.
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