Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana is a special fighter that Floyd Mayweather Jr. cannot afford to underestimate, the unbeaten American said.
Maidana becomes the latest fighter to try and hand Mayweather his first career loss on May 3, when they meet in a welterweight showdown in Las Vegas.
In a feature on Haute Living, Mayweather explained why he chose to fight Maidana, touting the Argentine as a true challenge, thanks in part to his fearsome punching power.
"Maidana earned the opportunity to fight me. He gained my attention from his last fight, where he showed that he is a true champion, and is getting better with each fight of his career," said Mayweather.
Maidana, in his most recent fight, upset the erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner, whom many considered a potential successor to Mayweather’s throne as pound-for-pound king of boxing.
"As I always say, 45 have tried, and 45 have failed," Mayweather said, referring to his flawless boxing record. "But Maidana is a special case, coming off that big win."
"He is a special fighter who can knock you out with one punch. I have to fight strategically against a guy like Maidana, someone I cannot overlook," he added.
Mayweather said he will come up with a game plan with the help of his uncle, Roger, and father, Floyd Sr.
Mayweather's other choice of opponent was British boxer Amir "King" Khan, but the American is confident that he made the correct decision by picking Maidana.
"He is a great champion, and so am I. When you put that combination together, you get a fight for the fans, a fight they want to see, which is my goal every time I fight," said Mayweather.
"I'm an entertainer, and everything I do when it comes to my career is with the fans in mind. This is the best fight for them, and I’m confident fighting Maidana was the right decision."