LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather took his time before choosing his opponent for the battle of May 3 and it took even more time before formally make the announcement.
At least he had an excuse to explain the delay of one hour at the press conference Saturday.
“I was here at the casino last night and we had fun, said Floyd Mayweather. What can I say?”
Floyd Mayweather, who waited until there are two weeks to announce his opponent Marcos Maidana would, ascend the ring at the MGM Grand Arena for the ninth consecutive year and for the first time since last September. Belt welterweight Floyd Mayweather will be at stake and the title won by Adrian Broner against Maidana in his last fight.
“You can not take a boxer lightly. Anything can happen, said Floyd Mayweather. Marcos Maidana is a great competitor. I have to focus on him.”
Floyd Mayweather, who has just played the more profitable battle in the history of the PPV face Canelo Alvarez, will fight for the third time on the Showtime network. He preferred Maidana Amir Khan, he said, because Maidana had better recently beaten.
“People ask why I chose Maidana instead of Khan said Floyd Mayweather. Look at his last four fights and watch those of Khan. I had to go with the best.”
Maidana has signed a big win against Broner he knocked twice to inflict a first defeat of his career. The Argentine is known for its militancy while Floyd Mayweather has built his career through his impeccable defensive.
Floyd Mayweather has had 37 years last month, but he says it does not slow down. He plans to fight at least three times after the fight against Maidana, but he leaves the door open if other opportunities arise thereafter.
“I’m still in the game, has he added. I do not correct me.”
Floyd Mayweather is undefeated in 45 fights while Maidana shows a record of 35-3 and 31 knockouts.