Most expected Floyd Mayweather to to coast to a 46th victory last night (May 3, 2014) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, but few anticipated the trouble he'd have with Marcos Maidana in "Sin City."
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Maidana -- once written off as a legitimate Welterweight contender following his loss to Dveon Alexander -- gave boxing's pound-for-pound king his toughest bout in years, using madcap aggression and relentless forward movement to take "Money" to the limit.
Though Mayweather walked away with the majority decision win (see scorecard pic here), he showed a surprising amount of vulnerability in the process. His fights now have a layer of intrigue about them that he'd been missing, while Maidana's stock has only risen in defeat.
So, what now?
The obvious answer -- and one which both fighters and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer seemed keep on -- is an immediate rematch this September. Honestly, though, I would prefer that both men get another fight beforehand.
Showtime has a great lineup of fighters between 140 and 147 pounds. Mayweather's ideal next target would be Amir Khan, who walked through a very legitimate fighter in Luis Collazo last night (read full recap here). Danny Garcia lost a bit of luster in his close bout with Mauricio Herrera, so that's probably off the table at the moment. Otherwise, I'd still be pushing for "Swift" to step up.
I'm still not terribly convinced Khan earned the fight, but we're a bit short on options at the moment.
As for Maidana, he's part of a triumvirate of highly entertaining welterweights alongside Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Any fight between the three would be guaranteed action, though Thurman's huge power makes him the more interesting option of the two.
Either way, though, it's hard to imagine a boring moment between Maidana and either of the two. Whether we see these two battle once again or go their separate ways, last night's fight made sure that people will be watching.
We'll keep you posted.
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