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Floyd Mayweather Picks May 3 Foe; Marcos Maidana Gets The Gig

BY Michael Woods ON February 24, 2014
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Boxing nation, the wait is over.

You can finally breathe, secure in the knowledge that Floyd Mayweather, after months of dithering, has chosen his next victim, er, foe.

The 45-0 hitter, who turned 37 today, took to Twitter to announce that on May 3, he will be fighting Marcos Maidana.

That sound you heard was the Khan Armys' tears hitting the floor...

"I will be fighting Marcos Maidana May 3rd on Pay-per-View Showtime/CBS," the 'Money' man Tweeted at 7:54 PM ET. A site hasn't been announced. Brooklyn has been mentioned, though Las Vegas is Floyd's home base.

In a release, Mayweather said, "Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention. 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."

Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza checked in with TSS post-announcement. "Maidana is the best available fight," he said. "He's ferocious and determined, he has monster power and he never stops coming. He's the Argentinean Terminator."

When, I wondered, was the choice made that Maidana would be The One? "Awhile back, but it took time to get the contract signed," Espinoza said.

I asked about the site, and the boxing chief answered, "TBA," for the record.

Maidana is a strong banger, whose power and desire are his strongest traits. He brings a nice record, 35-3, with 32 KOs, to the party, and is getting the gig largely off his stellar win over Floyd Mayweather Lite aka Adrien Broner, on Dec. 14. The Argentine's WBA 147 pound crown will be up for garbs on May 3, against Floyd's WBC version.

Floyd, who will receive the Boxing Writer's Association of America's Fighter of the Year award at the forthcoming awards dinner, date and site TBA, was a lock to fight chinny Brit Amir Khan, many folks thought. That pairing was floated as a trial balloon back in October, in the (UK) Daily Mail. Writer Jeff Powell wrote that Money would meet Khan in Vegas, and that report was poo-poohed by suits, some of whom maybe deserve an I'm sorry from know-it-alls who assumed they were fibbing when they said Khan was not the guy.

Showtime contracted for six Floyd fights last year, and has four extravaganzas left to unfurl, and, some say, played their top foe card in September, when Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez did bangup business at the MGM Grand, and on PPV. But Floyd went to a higher level of renown last year, and, some argue, could fight Mike Woods and do 1.4 million PPV buys. So, even though the choice of Khan didn't blow away the social media crew, many others accepted that a Mayweather bout is a happening, and the B side is almost immaterial. The Khan vs. Floyd promotion seemed even more of a lock when Khan came in first, over Maidana, in a post Superbowl poll. But Floyd threw us all a curveball, as he teased out his choice, and then dissed Khan.

More from the release which went out at 8:07 PM ET: "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. "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 has a knack for prolonging the "ecstasy" of anticipation in the minds of fight fans who want to get the word on who will be the next victim to believe they can do something different than the rest of the poor souls who couldn't fathom the skills and focus of the Michigan-born boxer until they stepped in with him. It left us fans feeling like the long suffering galpal, promised an engagement ring for year after year..

Maidana comes in off more of a surge than Khan; he has wins over Jesus Soto Karass, Angel Martinez, Josesito Lopez and then Broner (via UD12) in his last four. He can be and has been out-boxed, though. Andriy Kotelnik in 2009 did it, as did Khan (in 2010) and Devon Alexander (in Feb. 2012).

He will have, many will say, the proverbial punchers' chance come May 3. I am guessing Floyd outboxes him in a near shutout, same as he did with Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez, three men who are not known for majestic footspeed and footwork, and out-of-nowhere explosivity.

The waiting game doesn't appeal to many folks used to more immediate gratification, but even those expressing animus toward the process, I'm guessing, haven't been able to ignore the mystery, even if they intended to do so.

Mayweather, who boasts 4.68 million Twitter followers, has been rather canny about milking the moment, which is other sports is a foregone conclusion, with the league office setting the schedule.

Readers, weigh in...you like this pick for Floyd's next? Weigh in, in our Forum.

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Radam G says:

As I said, "Lil" Floyd is going to always pick the easiest fight and promote it as the best. Maidana couldn't touch him with buckshots. Holla!

Radam G says:

Marcos Polo -- I mean Maidana -- got the gig, because Money May is a money-making pig. And Amir Khan could beat him and is worth moolah. You DIG! Holla!

SouthPawFlo says:

As much as I feel Chino will be Outclassed, Khan didn't deserve the fight...


He hasn't had a notable victory since Zab Judah 5 fights ago, and he's been inactive for over a year....


Chino has looked impressive in his last 4 fights (since he switched to Robert G), and he has dynamite In both hands....



I can't wait to see how the undercard unfolds!!!!

Radam G says:

Khan BEAT Maidana. Money May always fight the loser. Wow! Money May even fought Judah back in da day after Judah had just lost to Carlos Baldomir. Money May is a grandmaster of bullsyet fighting weaklings that he promote as the best. Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

Neither fight is the highest on my list, Maidana has done more in recent than Khan but the Khan is more intriguing with the speed factor. He'd just get knocked out late but it would still make for a more interesting fight. But who knows what Maidana can do come fight night, he's got heart.

Dan Rafael is hyping up this fight, Brian Campbell is doing a good job calling out Floyd, I forget the journalism term.

amayseng says:

Dan Rafael dont know **** about boxing.

At least Madaina looked good as of late.

We will see how the under card is.

SouthPawFlo says:

@ Radam


Khan beat Chino what like 4yrs ago, and he nearly got stopped in Rounds 10-11, and Floyd beat Zab, and also dominated Baldomir..

Radam G says:

YUP! And Lil' Floyd got dropped by Judah, but the ref missed it. Holla it! Holla!

Radam G says:

And Money May nearly got knocked out by Sugar Shane Mosley. "Nearly got stopped" doesn't mean syet. Amir Khan also nearly stopped Chino with a liver shot. Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

Honestly they should just have a rematch, make Lil Floyd sweat it out and find another opponent. Amir Khan should have stayed busy and fought Devon Alexander.

SouthPawFlo says:

@ Radam G


Khan got hit more cleanly in 2Rds vs Maidana than
Floyd did vs Mosley and Judah combined in 24Rds...

brownsugar says:

Wow its good to know someone was keeping vigil on the TSS so we didn't have to read the news off some crap-- err-- other site. Maidana is really the only choice among the limited selection.
He's also not the same fighter who clawed his way back from into an erect position after being nearly cut in two by a devastating liver shot.
Its not very often you see a fighter survive a solid tap to the liver... Just seeing that round makes me glad Im no longer boxing.
Now all that's needed is a solid undercard.

Radam G says:

That is a matter of opinion from a Money May's super fan -- YOU -- SPF. Money May nearly got KTFO by both Mosley and Judah, and Money May said: "It's boksing. It come with the territory.

He ain't no punk bytch and tries to weasel out. As great fighters do, he admits to reality at all time. And needs no defense. Holla!

TotoyBato says:

Easy Money. Needs Latino for cinco de mayo weekend. Wrong latino for the main event. Event needs Mexican stars for undercard.

ericfarrell85 says:

Floyd, as expected, took the more predictable fight. I only hope Maidana comes into this fight with the same anger and blatant disrespect for his opponents that he showed against his previous foes. Maidana has always been the underdog, always the punching bag (albeit a feared one) for a fighter traveling upwards towards greener pastures. Now Maidana has gained a measure of respect from the press and boxing community at large. Here's to hoping he doesn't lose his edge. The choice of referee is also very important. If they get someone who allows boxers to fight out of a clinch, ala Maidana v Broner, then the fight becomes mildly interesting. Otherwise, I don't see Maidana getting to Floyd with a ten foot pole.

Radam G says:

This bout is an Arturo Gatti/Rickie Hatton-like set up. Money May is going to tear through Maidana. This bout will be a stinkfest. I'm calling it now.

Maidana has no below turtle speed of hands and feet. And he will not be able to handle the Mayweather's shoulder-roll heat. Holla!

Skibbz says:

As I said, "Lil" Floyd is going to always pick the easiest fight and promote it as the best. Maidana couldn't touch him with buckshots. Holla!


This is all that needs to be said on this fight. Floyd has fought SOME of the top fighters of his generation, but if he chooses to remain in the sport then he has to fight the best of the new generation. There are many tough, technically skilled and powerful new gen fighters out there from welterweight to middleweight he could fight - but "TBE" chooses to fight the slow plodding swinger for his next fight. It's a huge disappointment. Floyd is a tremendous boxer and athlete, but when he so blatantly chooses a fight where his opponent doesn't have a hope in hell to win... He is practically match fixing. Floyd sr even said that the only way Maidana could beat Floyd is if he catches him with a shot that "aint nobody ever seen and aint nobody ever heard of in boxing history". Basically - it's not gonna happen.

Skibbz says:

Wow its good to know someone was keeping vigil on the TSS so we didn't have to read the news off some crap-- err-- other site. Maidana is really the only choice among the limited selection.
He's also not the same fighter who clawed his way back from into an erect position after being nearly cut in two by a devastating liver shot.
Its not very often you see a fighter survive a solid tap to the liver... Just seeing that round makes me glad Im no longer boxing.
Now all that's needed is a solid undercard.


There was a fight in the England only last week where the British champ Tommy Coyle took 4 liver shots. 4 devastating liver shots and every one of them dropped him. But he came back to win it. Many fighters are tough enough to get up and continue. A soldier can get up and continue. The selection is only limited by who can not beat floyd.

Skibbz says:

Wow its good to know someone was keeping vigil on the TSS so we didn't have to read the news off some crap-- err-- other site. Maidana is really the only choice among the limited selection.
He's also not the same fighter who clawed his way back from into an erect position after being nearly cut in two by a devastating liver shot.
Its not very often you see a fighter survive a solid tap to the liver... Just seeing that round makes me glad Im no longer boxing.
Now all that's needed is a solid undercard.


There was a fight in the England only last week where the British champ Tommy Coyle took 4 liver shots. 4 devastating liver shots and every one of them dropped him. But he came back to win it. Many fighters are tough enough to get up and continue. A soldier can get up and continue. The selection is only limited by who can not beat floyd.

amayseng says:

Who else is there for Floyd to fight...?

Rephrase... Who else WOULD Floyd fight?

a Cotto rematch....doesnt want it...
PAc......doesnt want it....
Sergio M at 154....doesnt want it...sergio can easily make this weight.
Thurman......not known enough...
Danny Garcia......deserved the shot....doesnt want it....
GGG at 154....good God does not want that one. I dont want GGG coming down losing muscle..

Khan is an idiot. For one you never go inactive for a year, ever, especially if you are gonna fight an elite fighter like Floyd. Khan should have whooped Alexander, who has NO power at all. Khan would have easily won that match and looked decent doing so. However he is an idiot, either allowing Floyds team to tell him to stay inactive for the Floyd fight or just choosing to be himself. Either way dumb *** move.

Khans speed would have given Floyd some trouble in the beginning but Khan can be timed as he has obviously by slower fighters. Plus Khans defense is not even average

At least Madaina earned the shot by an exciting fight even though Broner was overhyped and should have had at least 2 losses on his resume if not 3, or a draw from Paulie.

Madainas trainer better have him throwing punches while he is moving his feet not static. You have to move with Floyd while you punch, not be stationary.

JLC stayed with Floyd, Judah in 4 rounds nearly embarrassed Floyd with fast hands and feet.

Shane landed a few bombs that buckled Floyd into reality.

Madaina is a hard thudding puncher but RG is correct he is turtle slow.

Get out the speed agility ladder Chino and get that footwork improved so you dont get embarrassed.

Skibbz says:

Who else is there for Floyd to fight...?

Rephrase... Who else WOULD Floyd fight?

a Cotto rematch....doesnt want it...
PAc......doesnt want it....
Sergio M at 154....doesnt want it...sergio can easily make this weight.
Thurman......not known enough...
Danny Garcia......deserved the shot....doesnt want it....
GGG at 154....good God does not want that one. I dont want GGG coming down losing muscle..

Khan is an idiot. For one you never go inactive for a year, ever, especially if you are gonna fight an elite fighter like Floyd. Khan should have whooped Alexander, who has NO power at all. Khan would have easily won that match and looked decent doing so. However he is an idiot, either allowing Floyds team to tell him to stay inactive for the Floyd fight or just choosing to be himself. Either way dumb *** move.

Khans speed would have given Floyd some trouble in the beginning but Khan can be timed as he has obviously by slower fighters. Plus Khans defense is not even average

At least Madaina earned the shot by an exciting fight even though Broner was overhyped and should have had at least 2 losses on his resume if not 3, or a draw from Paulie.

Madainas trainer better have him throwing punches while he is moving his feet not static. You have to move with Floyd while you punch, not be stationary.

JLC stayed with Floyd, Judah in 4 rounds nearly embarrassed Floyd with fast hands and feet.

Shane landed a few bombs that buckled Floyd into reality.

Madaina is a hard thudding puncher but RG is correct he is turtle slow.

Get out the speed agility ladder Chino and get that footwork improved so you dont get embarrassed.


I agree there aren't any people who floyd actually would be willing to fight which is shameful to say the least. He can beat DSG & Thurman but he just doesn't want a tough fight and it's as simple as that. He's after Easy money as he says to himself every hour of everyday. He wants to ride out the remainder of his contract, take his hundreds of millions of dollars and retire from fighting side of the 'business'. Anyone who expects any GGG's DSG's or a Pac fight in the future has to be deluded at this point. Yeah Khan may not have deserved the fight, but does Maidana merit it either? He has a 4 fight winning streak... The fact is he has another belt for floyd to add to his collection and will probably come forward in a predictable manner.

it's not just moving with him, he will move back faster and step in in a right straight whilst you're still coming forward throwing your barrage. I think his chance is to tie him up and go to work. Make it an ugly fight. Floyd doesn't like it when it becomes ugly because he thinks it makes him look bad. Now i'm not saying floyd will hang around against the ropes forever but as long as you can get 4 6 or even 8 punches on him whilst he's crabbing it up against the ropes then he has a chance. If Robert can show him some more unorthodox methods of throwing his power punches and improves his ability to come behind a double or even a triple jab then he has a better chance albeit still slimmer than slim. He needs to finish his combos off with another jab to set himself up defensively and watch for those wide hooks that floyd threw vs cotto. Maidana at the end of the day isn't capable of doing any of this as was proven vs the broner fight. Broner made his performance look much better than what it actually was and no other people understand that better than TMT and Haymon. They probably thought Broner could beat maidana in a rematch if he dedicated himself to getting in mean shape and actually increased the pressure he applied on chino.

I won't be surprised if Floyd works more with roger in this fight than his previous two. Floyd by TKO around the 8th!

jzzy says:

No way Mayweather could've sidestepped Maidana and fought Khan at this juncture and retained any respect
with fight fans. So lets give Floyd credit for giving El Chino the shot. After reading the previous posts its refreshing
to see the new level of cynicism of the fans. They see the matchup for what it is. Another chance for Floyd to showcase his skills
without much risk and appease the Latin fans in May. But Floyd can't help the paucity of competition currently in his weight class.

Matthew says:

Congratulations to Maidana. He deserves a big payday. That being said, he doesn't have a chance in hell of winning this fight. He had to fight the fight of his life to beat "Floyd-light" in his last fight. Mayweather will win another boring, easy 12 round decision in a glorified sparring session. Another fight I won't pay to watch.

tlig says:

Maidana wins. Just remember who first told you.

leon30001 says:

Floyd can't help the paucity of competition currently in his weight class.


Is that a real comment? Does that actually represent your thoughts? Can you not think of any other welterweight out there it might be nice for Floyd to fight?

jzzy says:

Pacman is the only real welter with the skills and experience to be a threat to Mayweather, we all know that. But with
Floyd's reluctance to sit down with Arum, I don't have Pacman in the Floyd lotto at the moment despite that being the fight
we all want to see.

brownsugar says:

I feel a fight party coming on... Just need to determine who will be the host... The party keeps getting bigger and bigger every year...my place just isn't big enough. Maybe my daughter can host this time. After a viscious Polar Vortex king of winter, a Mayweather fight party comes at the perfect time for the winter thaw.... Here in the " Home of the Buckeyes" Mayweather is amazingly popular..... For obvious reasons... The Wolverines....not so much.

CPX says:

Please please please EVERYONE boycott this garbage, I'm so sick and tired of Floyd and his BS, we are the only ones who can put an end to his 'path of least resistance' fighting.. Honestly another $40M is truly not deserved..

brownsugar says:

NEVERRRRRrrrrrr! Lol... One mans' garbage is another mans' Gold.

dino da vinci says:

Team Mayweather and/or Showtime have made a mistake with this one. The Canelo timing was perfect. Perfect opponent at the perfect time. This is 180 degrees the other way. I like Maidana, but it doesn't change the fact that he will be shut out. There will be no moments, as they say. At least with Kahn, who Floyd would have stopped, there would have been some ebb and flow. I tell people, as it pertains to Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward, pick a fight, pick a round, and you will not be disappointed. Guess what I'm telling those same people about this one?

SouthPawFlo says:

I've been having this discussion since the fight has been confirmed, I actually like the Maidana choice, especially since he has a belt at 147


Ok Some People say Keith Thurman should've gotten the fight, and his most notable win was Soto Karass, who Maidana has also beaten, but I don't think Thurman is Ready or a big enough name yet...

Then I've heard E. Lara deserves the fight, and I actually like Lara, but the American Public couldn't pick him outta a line-up either.

Manny has a fight
Sergio has a fight
GGG is 20lbs bigger
Danny G has a fight and he wants to stay at 140 a little while longer


Which brings up to Amir Khan...

When it comes to Boxing Skills and Heart, Khan has the goods, and we know his chin is "unreliable" at best, but who has he beaten to deserve a title-shot against the P4P King. Yes he already beat Maidana in 2010, but as of right now Maidana has a belt and is coming off an impressive performance against an undefeated champion.... Who was Last "impressive" performance. I think Khans Speed, explosiveness and Heart would have made things interesting but he blew his chances not taking the D. Alexander fight.... If he would have won that fight in impressive fashion he would have been able to position himself better in the Mayweather SweepStakes...




But Hey, this is just my opinion, I could be wrong.

brownsugar says:

Will you be watching the fight SouthPawFlo?.

Skibbz says:

Pacman is the only real welter with the skills and experience to be a threat to Mayweather, we all know that. But with
Floyd's reluctance to sit down with Arum, I don't have Pacman in the Floyd lotto at the moment despite that being the fight
we all want to see.


I strongly disagree. Floyd is not invincible. Please do not believe all the mayweather propaganda that they put out. There are several fighters that could pose a 'threat' to mayweather in the ring; such as Showtime Shawn, the Siberian Rocky, Steel Cranium Bradley, Pacman - if Matthysse, DSG, Crawford & Khabib A move up they could trouble him too. Like I said previously, yes Floyd fought SOME of the best fighters of his generation, but there's a new generation coming up very fast and those guys are who he should be fighting.

I don't think Floyd will take that pac fight - the $200+M is more than enough for him. He has no intentions of losing that O.

jzzy says:

None of the fighters you've mentioned has the pedigree to compete with Floyd in the near future. Mayweather
toughest foe at this point is advancing age, but he still has enough left to deal with this bunch

jzzy says:

None of the fighters you've mentioned has the pedigree to compete with Floyd in the near future. Mayweather
toughest foe at this point is advancing age, but he still has enough left to deal with this bunch

amayseng says:

The cold war is perfect for Floyd to avoid Pac, Bradley and the Russian Rocky.

Floyd is a special fighter for sure, he embarrassed Alvarez, but instead of challenging himself moving up or fighting Cotto again, then Madaina is the best choice for him due to this cold war bull ****.

Having said that, I am not paying 70$ for it.

I will be buying Cotto and Sergio and perhaps Pac vs Bradley.

IF Alvarez is smart his ppv is 35$. His performance was unbearable against Floyd. He deserves nothing worthy of ppv money

Skibbz says:

None of the fighters you've mentioned has the pedigree to compete with Floyd in the near future. Mayweather
toughest foe at this point is advancing age, but he still has enough left to deal with this bunch


Modern day sports science makes age irrelevant. Just look at the philly alien. Floyd is in better shape than many other pro boxers irrespective of their age. If you believe what you just said then what will you do when floyd retires? He is not unbeatable. He can be caught. He can be hurt. He is more intelligent than almost (if not all) other fighters out there but when you get in the ring things don't always go to plan. He has 4 fights left - if he takes 2 or 3 of the fighters I mentioned then we will be in for a good finale to what then could be called a second to none career. Currently - he is far from that.

SouthPawFlo says:

@ BrownSugar


Of course I'm watching, I've seen every Floyd fight since he fought Chop Chop Corley, and that was a damn good scrap I must add!!!!

brownsugar says:

Ditto SP.. I could probably turn off the TV and hear it through the walls.

gibola says:

Khan's ridiculous decision not to fight the very beatable Alexander has cost him very dearly. Whoever advised him to stay inactive for nearly a year after several shaky outings needs replacing (I'm available). Amir is the more dangerous fight for PBF but people's recent memories of Khan are of him floundering against Garcia and struggling with Julio Diaz. As the bard might have said 'such things do not superfights maketh.' I'll give you your next three opponents Amir - Porter, Brook, Maidana - beat those three and you'll get the Mayweather fight and it'll sell cos you'll have earned it. By the way, Maidana may have earned the fight but is far too crude to even begin to compete with Mayweather. PBF wins every second of every round and stops Maidana in 8/9 rounds. I thought when Maidana beat Broner, 'I hope no-one thinks he'll do the same to PBF' (because of the similarity in Broner's and PBF's style). Enough people have apparently bought this idea and the fight is made. Ho-hum. I'll watch but it won't be competitive.

Skibbz says:

Depends where you live I guess

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

I am a Floyd Mayweather fan, but I think that Lara would whoop "Money" at 154 and GGG would give him a run for his "money." This Maidana fight is disappointing because there are some potentially great match ups north of 147 that would truly cement his all-time greatness.

brownsugar says:

I am a Floyd Mayweather fan, but I think that Lara would whoop "Money" at 154 and GGG would give him a run for his "money." This Maidana fight is disappointing because there are some potentially great match ups north of 147 that would truly cement his all-time greatness.


I can emphasize with that comment...compared to Floyd most of the welterweight contenders look worse than the babes I've been meeting at the online dating sites.

I think a win over Maidana will be an appetizer leading to greater things in September.
Floyd only weighs the same as the average lightweight on fight night ......fighting guys coming into the ring close to 170 and above presents a healthy risk.
Lara is the worst possible match up...not because of the financial angle but because Lara will move 90% of each round and only throw 2 punches.
If he were to go for the brass ring... I'd like that fight to be against Martinez.
After he finishes off Cotto.

SouthPawFlo says:

Ok so Floyd has 3 more opponents after Maidana, I wanna see a Cotto Rematch, Khan, (just for shits & giggles) and a Pacquaio fight as a Swan Song!!!!!

amayseng says:

I can emphasize with that comment...compared to Floyd most of the welterweight contenders look worse than the babes I've been meeting at the online dating sites.

I think a win over Maidana will be an appetizer leading to greater things in September.
Floyd only weighs the same as the average lightweight on fight night ......fighting guys coming into the ring close to 170 and above presents a healthy risk.
Lara is the worst possible match up...not because of the financial angle but because Lara will move 90% of each round and only throw 2 punches.
If he were to go for the brass ring... I'd like that fight to be against Martinez.
After he finishes off Cotto.


Haha.....time to find a new site...

Cotto rematch with Roach training is intriguing. If Sergio looks good and healthy and beats Cotto I would love that fight for Floyd. Only if he still has it. he is now 39 and over a year inactive from injuries.

Lara is solid but I dont see him beating Floyd.

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

I can emphasize with that comment...compared to Floyd most of the welterweight contenders look worse than the babes I've been meeting at the online dating sites.

I think a win over Maidana will be an appetizer leading to greater things in September.
Floyd only weighs the same as the average lightweight on fight night ......fighting guys coming into the ring close to 170 and above presents a healthy risk.
Lara is the worst possible match up...not because of the financial angle but because Lara will move 90% of each round and only throw 2 punches.
If he were to go for the brass ring... I'd like that fight to be against Martinez.
After he finishes off Cotto.


If Floyd went up to middleweight and beat the lineal champ, he pretty much would solidify his legacy as the GOAT. I agree, that match would more than likely be against Martinez, whom should beat Cotto. On the other hand, a fight against Lara would be his worst nightmare. It would be a high speed chess match against a guy with as high of an boxing IQ as his own, plus physical advantages in the size and strength departments. Lara is one of the true "master" boxers in the sport right now and is a perfect illustration of the Cuban "school" of boxing.

brownsugar says:

If Floyd went up to middleweight and beat the lineal champ, he pretty much would solidify his legacy as the GOAT. I agree, that match would more than likely be against Martinez, whom should beat Cotto. On the other hand, a fight against Lara would be his worst nightmare. It would be a high speed chess match against a guy with as high of an boxing IQ as his own, plus physical advantages in the size and strength departments. Lara is one of the true "master" boxers in the sport right now and is a perfect illustration of the Cuban "school" of boxing.


Absolutely...

Radam G says:

Lara is a soft-chinned hype. He was lucky that Angulo couldn't continue, because of Lara's trick of the trade thumbing. He'd would not be a nightmare for Money May -- not even close -- IMHO.

I think that Texan "Mandingo Warrior" James Kirkland would cliff Lara on the chin and put him into deep sleep for a count of 10. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Lara is a soft-chinned hype. He was lucky that Angulo couldn't continue, because of Lara's trick of the trade thumbing. He'd would not be a nightmare for Money May -- not even close -- IMHO.

I think that Texan "Mandingo Warrior" James Kirkland would cliff Lara on the chin and put him into deep sleep for a count of 10. Holla!


I disagree... Lara was never in danger of getting stopped. He went down twice and popped right up.....

Lara is the reason Angulo had "eye" problems.. Angulo was getting punished during the entire fight. He took a career shortening beat down.

Canelo should thank him.
Mayweather should avoid him.

I'd like to see Kirkland vs Lara.. I'll take Lara.

Radam G says:

All in the eyes and mind of the beholder. In another round, Lara would have QUIT. The game is full of optical illusions. Dude is acting all bad now. But he knows the reality of the actuality. Lara THUMBED Angulo. A spade is a spade. There is no sense in hiding in the shade.

Ronny Shields, Lara's trainer will not let him get into the same zip code with The Mandingo, less alone gloving up against him. Lara will be lucky to get outta round one against the Texas buzz saw. Holla!

Radam G says:

Money May is not going to dance with Lara because of pay. There is no moolah in Money May beating the snot easily outta this Columbian-Cuban defecting superhype. Holla!

amayseng says:

I agree with RG, although I see Lara as being a very good boxer, he sure was tracked down quite easily by a slow and linear Angula. Also, didnt Lara lose to Molina?
You have to be elite to beat Floyd, not just very good.

Radam G says:

I'm certain that I detect just about too much emotional infatuation about these Cuban boxers. In this day and time, Willie Rigo is the only solid gold Cuban defector. The rest are aight and/or too d@mn hyped.

There is nothing special that stands out about Lara. Dude is not even anywhere near an ancient-primed Joel Casamayor Johnson. Holla!

Radam G says:

Ditto, A-seng! Molina did eat up Lara like a lamb chop. And Lara was very lucky to get a gift-and-lift draw. Molina roughed him up and socked it to him. But how soon do people forget?

"They musta fo'got," in the words of Roy Jones Jr. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Think whatever you want.... Could care less.
Just expressing my opinion... Isn't that why we come here?.

Hopefully it'll become more than an opinion in the weeks and months to come.
Eventually the truth will be revealed.

Angulo isn't trying to get a rematch...Lara offered it but Angulo doesnt want it.....That fact alone speaks volumes

SouthPawFlo says:

Kirkland vs Lara would end Bad for the Cuban, Mandingo is more Relentless than Angulo, and throws way more punches, Lara would be under pressure every minute of every round, and if he gets cornered long enough that might be a TKO victory for Kirkland....

The Cuban can out slick and outbox a lot of fighters, but Angulo was getting to him, and getting to him a lot, and he was basically walking through whatever Lara was throwing, if it wasn't for the Thumbing Lara May have been TKO'd......

Radam G says:

Hehehehe! Ditto dat, B-Sug! Caring less is good. We don't want you have a stroke.

No way was the prizefighting Angulo rematching in a pride fight with a thumbing-you-in-the-eye Lara for a 100 grands, when he could get BIGGER PRIZEFIGHTS for a reported 750 grands plus that he stands to get with Canelo.

Lara is peanut-purse fighter. The dude has yet to get six figures for a bout. Holla!

brownsugar says:

After watching the fight several times it was clear to me that even though Lara got caught twice...he was still in control..... dealing out the same left hands that dropped Trout and caused considerable swelling on the side of P.Wills face.
Only Angulo got caught more cleanly and frequently.
Lara hand the momentum on his side as the fight entered the later rounds as even the broadcasters were calling for the stoppage.

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree but I don't see Angulo... Molina... Or Kirkland besting Lara.... GGG However is a different story.

Radam G says:

It is always the moolah that speak volumes in prizefighting. Holla!

Radam G says:

Molina already beat the Cuban's arse. Two blind mice just made it a cheating-arse majority draw. Holla at the fight on Youtube with unbiased eyeballs.

Kirkland puts Lara too sleep -- in deep, deep sleep somewhere over the rainbow -- in no more than three rounds. Holla!

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Wow, shame on the boxing gurus on this site that think James Kirkland would stand a chance against Lara. Are we talking about the same Kirkland that got knocked out by Ishida? I like Kirkland, but styles make fights. Kirkland has no defense, I repeat NO DEFENSE. Lara is a sharp shooter and would bust Kirkland up bad. The fact that Lara was floored and got up twice against Angulo is a positive instead of a negative. It proved he has a good chin and can bounce back from adversity. Simply put, he doesn't fold under pressure. Oh, on another note, Molina will lose his title to the Charlo twin next week.

Radam G says:

It doesn't mean jack that he got kayoed by Ishida when he was messed up in the head away from the trainer that he has perfect chemistry with him. That is boxing.

Iron Mike got kayoed by no-chance Buster Douglas when Iron Mike left his trainer Kevin Rooney and hooked up with condon-using gangstas on his swollen mug.

Texan James Kirkland would kayo Lara, just as Texan [Rev. Big] George Foreman did it quickly to the late, greats Smokin' [Papa] Joe Frazier and [Uncle] Kenny Norton way back in da day. Holla!

Radam G says:

But Molina exposed the Colombian Cuban. Hehehe! Holla!

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