Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is expecting a difficult showdown against Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana even though he is the favorite in their May 3 welterweight showdown.
Mayweather announced last week that he has chosen to fight Maidana over Britain’s Amir Khan, ending weeks of speculation.
In a Boxing Scene interview, Mayweather explained his choice, suggesting that Maidana has done more to deserve the fight than Khan.
“Maidana came back very impressive; (he’s had) a lot of great wins lately, whereas Amir Khan is 2-2 in his last four fights,” Mayweather pointed out. “That’s all there is to it.”
Maidana entered Mayweather’s radar when he routed the erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner – a protégé of Mayweather – last December. He has won six of his last seven fights.
“This is a very difficult fight for me,” Mayweather said. “This is a guy I can’t overlook.”
Mayweather is coming off a sensational 2013 that saw him rout Robert Guerrero in May and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September, but insists he cannot take any chances against Maidana, who will surely be highly motivated for their fight.
“Marcos Maidana is always going to be at his best,” he said. “I’m going to be at my best, sit down with my father, and go over a game plan.”
“Hopefully, everything goes well in training camp, and we look forward to a great fight on May 3.”