Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) has no intention of just settling for an immediate rematch with Adrien Broner for his first title defense of his newly won WBA welterweight belt. Maidana is aiming high and wants to fight WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) next on May 3rd, as Maidana sees this as a much more appealing fight for him than a rematch with Broner. Mayweather seems to be thinking the same way too, as he’s also talking about a potential fight against Maidana.
“I will not have to give a rematch to Broner, but that must wait,” Maidana said to elitransigente. “Now I’d like to fight Floyd Mayweather.”
With the Top Rank – Golden Boy Promotions freeze, which rules out a Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao match-up, a Mayweather vs. Maidana fight might be the next best thing we can have. Mayweather has booked the Mexican holiday on May 3rd for his next fight, and while Maidana isn’t Mexican, it’s possible that he’ll be able to attract a lot of Mexican fans into purchasing a fight between him and Mayweather on Showtime pay-per-view.
Maidana’s probably not going to have much of a chance of beating Mayweather, but he’s got the power to hurt him if he lands something big. With Maidana, he can miss with his shots for most of the fight but when he does eventually land something big, it can be a game changer. We saw that with his fight against Amir Khan in 2010. Maidana was dominated for the first 9 rounds by the much faster Khan, but when Maidana finally did catch up to Khan and land a big right hand in the 10th, he had Khan staggering around the ring.
The fight could have been halted right then and there because Khan was out on his feet, but luckily for him referee Joe Cortez gave him a big break and let the fight continue. Khan was able to make it the rest of the way taking huge punishment to get the victory by a 12 round decision. But the fight showed clearly that Maidana is dangerous until the very end with his power. He could do the same thing to Mayweather late in the fight once he connects with a big shot.