Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says Marcos Maidana capable of making 'war'

Marcos Maidana, Jesus Soto Karass
Marcos Maidana, left, punches Jesus Soto Karass during their welterweight fight in Las Vegas in September 2012. Maidana went on to win the bout. (Isaac Brekken / Associated Press)

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. came to sell his May 3 welterweight title fight at MGM Grand on Saturday, hyping the idea his opponent, Marcos Maidana, has a chance to stain Mayweather’s spotless 45-0 record.
If that’s not enough reason to know his confidence is brimming despite Maidana’s impressive 2013 knockouts of Josesito Lopez and Adrien Broner...

Fight promoter Richard Schaefer said more than 14,700 tickets were sold Saturday as sales began at 10 a.m. Schaefer said there’s more than $12 million in the bank, with the potential to reach $15 million in sales.

Mayweather is coming off what he said was his sharpest year in his career, as he routed Robert Guerrero and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in unanimous-decision victories and was named the Boxing Writers Assn. of America fighter of the year.

The 37-year-old joked he’s getting better with age.

For months, it appeared Mayweather was going to select England’s Amir Khan as his opponent, but then Maidana knocked out Broner and a series of events inspired a change.

"He’s made a big impact on the sport of boxing in his last fight. He hits with both hands. He looked tremendous [against Broner].
With three fights left on his Showtime contract, Mayweather’s September date might be the most optimal time to finally make the fight that has eluded him for so long, if Pacquiao can beat Timothy Bradley on April 12.
 Since 2007, that has meant selecting an opponent promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

Mayweather’s advisor Leonard Ellerbe said, “We’re fighting the biggest fights out there.


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