Mayweather begins promotion for next fight against Maidana.
Floyd Mayweather has explained why he chose to fight Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand on May 3, and moved to clear up the situation regarding Amir Khan.
Fans were recently allowed to vote on Twitter for the 37-year-old’s next opponent, with the two choices being Maidana or Khan.
Despite Khan appearing to have a significant victory in that poll and feeling as though he had won the right to fight Mayweather next, the undefeated fighter went on to officially announce Maidana as his next opponent.
Mayweather has since insisted that while Khan may have won his Twitter poll, he was down on various others with Maidana leading the way.
“He was the winner of my poll, but on the other polls he was being blown out,” he told the media.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe added further detail to the explanation, insisting that Floyd has 11m followers on different platforms, and Maidana proved to be the “overwhelming favourite” to fight him next.
Meanwhile, the 45-0 boxing superstar went on to discuss his excitement over his next fight and revealed why he feels Maidana (35-3) is a great opponent for the fans in their welterweight unification clash.
“Marcos Maidana is non-stop action. He comes straight ahead, cut the ring off and he loves to brawl. But he throws awkward shots from long distance that make things happen in fights.
“So it’s obvious. He’s world champion. I’m world champion, so we just have to see how this fight plays out on May 3rd, but this is a guy I know I cannot overlook.”
Mayweather was eager to play down his rival being “great” but after his win over Adrien Broner, he conceded that he will have to be prepared for everything in their fight.
Meanwhile, the veteran expects to make a significant pay packet for his latest sell-out night and dismissed the notion that he is scared of fighting anyone by claiming that he was left more impressed by Maidana’s last four fights as opposed to Khan’s.