After a somewhat delayed announcement Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana is finally official.
Boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally announced that Argentinian slugger Marcos Rene Maidana (35-3, 31 KO) will be his next opponent when he returns to the ring on May 3 for his third fight under contractual obligation on Showtime 6-fight mega deal.
Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO) posted on social media and said that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana May 3rd on PPV Showtime/CBS.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 25, 2014
Marcos Maidana, thanked everybody that supported him and promise to give victory, in a post via twitter.
Thanks a lot to everybody who supported me around the world! I’ll give it all to give you a victory on May 3rd!
— Marcos René Maidana (@ChinoMaidana) February 25, 2014
Below is from the Show press release:
“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.”
“In Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather may be in for his toughest opponent ever,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Maidana is the type of fighter who will find out if Floyd still belongs on top of the pound-for-pound list. He’s strong, tough and aggressive. He in giving Adrien Broner his first loss, he showed that he won’t be intimidated by talk, a big fight atmosphere or an unbeaten record. I give Floyd a lot of credit for stepping up to the plate and testing himself once again. He is a true warrior, and the fans will be the winners on May 3rd.”
“The first two events in our partnership with Floyd Mayweather were incredible and SHOWTIME PPV is proud to present the next chapter in Floyd’s remarkable career,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®. “Marcos Maidana is a boxer whose fearsome power can change the trajectory of a fight with a single punch. Couple that with his ferocity and perseverance and you have the recipe for an incredible fight on the grandest stage of the sport.”