Mayweather To Face “El Chino” Maidana on SHOWTIME PPV

Floyd MayweatherAfter weeks of speculation, including feedback from fans across an array of social media platforms, boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar, pay-per-view king and WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather will face the dangerous, power-punching WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on Saturday, May 3, live on SHOWTIME PPV.

Mayweather vs. Maidana, a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana’s respective 147-pound titles, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and is the third fight of a lucrative six-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc.

Mayweather vs. Maidana will pit the brilliance of Mayweather against the power of the Argentine slugger.

Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), undeniably the sport’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and a 10-time world champion, is coming off of a spectacular 2013 in which he continued to display his ring prowess with dominating victories over Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez.  In Maidana, Mayweather is arguably facing the most demanding and troublesome opponent of his heralded, 17-year Hall Of Fame career.

“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-victoryMaidana (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 the highly regarded and undefeated Adrien Broner on Dec. 14, 2013. The 30-year-old impressively dominated Broner from the opening bell and registered two knockdowns against the three-time world champion. 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. Watch recap video of Broner vs. Maidana »

The resounding victory over the heavily favored Broner was the fourth in a row for the crowd-pleasing, offensive-minded Maidana. A former WBA 140-pound world champion, Maidana’s hard-charging, aggressive style has earned him knockouts in 82 percent of his wins.  The remarkable ratio of knockouts ties the late Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo for the highest knockout percentage of any Mayweather opponent to date and is one of the highest of any current fighter at the world-class level.

“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.”

Mayweather set in motion a flurry of online polls following a message posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts (@floydmayweather) on Sunday, Feb. 2 asking fans to voice their opinion on his next opponent.  Through the accumulation of more than  100,000 votes on the various online polls, more than 100,000 comments on Mayweather’s Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as nonstop fan Tweets, Mayweather saw an overwhelming majority favor Maidana.

“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.”

Undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather, (45-0, 26 KOs), a 10-time world champion in five weight divisions, reaffirmed his worldwide popularity when he faced then- undefeated boxing phenom Canelo Alvarez last September. The mega-event, which set the record as the highest grossing pay-per-view event in television history with over $150 million in revenue, showed once again that Mayweather’s drawing power is unlike any other.  During Mayweather’s extraordinary career, he has amassed wins over numerous world champions, including Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Robert Guerrero and most recently Canelo, marking the 45th win.  Over the course of his pay-per-view career Mayweather has generated more than 12.8 million buys and over $800 million in revenue.  The Grand Rapids, Mich., native, who fights out of Las Vegas, averages more than one million pay-per-view buys per event, which is the highest pay-per-view buy average of any boxer in history, and is the only fighter to participate in two events which generated over 2 million pay-per-view buys each.  In 2007, Mayweather co-headlined a pay-per-view event with De La Hoya which generated the largest number of PPV buys in history.  Mayweather has also been listed by Sports Illustrated (2012, 2013) and Forbes (2012) as the world’s highest paid athlete in any sport.

Thirty-year-old Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) stunned the boxing world in December when he defeated up-and-coming superstar Adrien Broner with an unforgettable performance.  Hailing from Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, Maidana first emerged on the world scene in 2009, when he won the interim WBA Junior Welterweight World Championship with a stunning sixth-round technical knockout over Victor Ortiz.  After three defenses of his title, Maidana lost a 2010 Fight of the Year candidate to Amir Khan, but he regained the belt with another classic against future Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2011. In 2012, Maidana joined forces with renowned trainer Robert Garcia (2012 Trainer of the Year) and has since gone undefeated at 4-0 with 3 knockouts.

More details about the event will be announced shortly.

23 thoughts on “Mayweather To Face “El Chino” Maidana on SHOWTIME PPV

  1. Stop trying to hype up the fight mayweather is going to counter him all day and he will never get close enough to be hit by Maidana. Another easy win. With khan it would have been a boxing match. But khan would have lost too.

  2. Before the Broner fight, I would have said that this fight would be a walk in the park for Floyd, but that fight definitely got me thinking. Maidana is certainly durable, but his aggression could be his downfall.

  3. Maidana has earned the fight over Khan with four impressive wins at 147 and capturing the WBA strap v the overrated Broner. But my problem with this is mayweather down a poll on his own Twitter account Khan or Maidana which Khan clearly won so why has he went against his own poll.
    Maidana is a warrior but comes tailor made for Mayweather, flat footed come forward fighter with a lack of head movement. Khan schooled El Chino Matweather is going to pot shot him all night long to an easy 12 lopsided unanimous decision. It will be a snoozefest.
    If he fought Khan then at least can would of given him problems as he has real speed and great foot work and I’m sure the time in the gym working with Virgil Hunter has taking some of his flaws away and improved his ring I.q and defesnsive frailties but regardless Mayweather v Khan would have bean an exciting fight even if he got knocked out .

    I think people are going to start to be turned off by Mayweather as he continues to fight flat footed fighters who slug as appose to fast fighters who he will have to chase and be countered himself.
    If it’s not a stacked undercard with Thurman v. Porter Khan v Broner Garcia v Provodiknov then I won’t be buying this fight.
    Mayweather only cares about money not fighting a fighter that will actually give him problems in the ring.

  4. I am always for the underdog against Floyd Mayweather, because his corner is so foulmouthed!! There is no excuse to have to talk like that on National/world wide broadcast!! It portrays the American people as disrespectful and certainly not what young men and women who may have an interest in boxing should be exposed to!!!

    • @Bonnie, boxing comes whit territory, some as Roger Mayweather speaks Michigan Blues English : “Go to the body of that beatch that time, or that mother f*** is ready to quit…” Some of them speaks esoteric mumbo jumbo thing as Freddie Roach : “Manny, Manny, Manny, Manny, Manny…” Can you imagined a coach say to is fighter : ” It would be opportune to affect that antagonist whit a suite of control arpeggio in the face my dear.” ?

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  7. This will be twice as easy as the Canelo bout was, The Chinaman (El Chino) won’t be able to hit Mayweather and he’ll get more disrespect than Auturo Gatti got, after the 3rd round this will look like nothing but a very bad joke. ~~~ It just doesn’t stop~ One more example, guess why the Klitchko’s are retiring? Deontay Wilder, the Heavyweight belt is coming home to the USA as well….~~~I know I know, “Say it aint So right?” Well, it’s so and Manny’s new Steroid Formula “might” get him past Bradley but it won’t get him a Mayweather shot, he’s dirty and everybody knows it. I’ll bet he refuses to take the Olympic Style testing again if he gets past Bradley~~

  8. i would love to see danny garica fight FMJ because this guy is a power puncher as his past few fight shis had have been TKO i wouber what would happen if he did came up agaisnt the best pound4pounder fighter in the world

  9. What if El Chino win? Is look lake no one give him a chance. He face the best boxer who win against the Big Show on Wrestlemania XXIV. El Chino never fight Alberto Del Rio that night because no one know him at that time. Ahora es diferente clora que si ! as would say Alvarez :)

  10. I stil want to see Mayweather/Pacquiao!!!!! “Give the fan what they want to see” Floyd Mayweather. Begins by respecting your promise. But I can say is really master piece off communication that El Chino case, you earn everything on that, just brilliant. I will win against Maidana, easy. So a fight whit Broner is obsolete first and Khan will loose certainly, what ever I don’t care I never fight Khan anyway and who want to see that fight? Not me, did you? And that two mother F*** are in my under cards, because I’m the puppet master…

  11. So it will be another victory in Floyd Mayweather saga. Another fight whit big pay day. Why is so impossible to beat Mayweather? Is because is a performer who fight a certain kind of boxer which is made for? Slower then him, smaller, dumb as Ortiz. whit too much Jesus Christ issues as Guerrero… It is because he have the best training camp money can buy? Or simply because is better than them? Chino do not fight is fight, go to that puta, en todo sobre el cuerpo!!! Vamos! This is your only chance.

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