The choice has finally been made! Undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather has decided to defend his WBC welterweight title against newly-crowned WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana. The bout will take place on May 3, the coveted weekend of Cinco de Mayo, and will be televised live on Showtime Pay-Per-View. A venue, however, has yet to be finalized. Though we expect the fight to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, we're told the Barclays Center is also in play as well. Mayweather made the announcement official when he posted a picture of himself, using his Shots of Me app, along with the following caption: "I will be fighting Marcos Maidana May 3rd on Pay-per-view Showtime/CBS www.themoneyteam.com"
Mayweather is coming off of a dominant majority decision victory over previously undefeated former jr. middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Although that fight took place in the jr. middleweight division, where he holds both the WBA and WBC 154-pound titles, this time, Mayweather is returning to the welterweight division to defend his WBC 147-pound title.
Maidana is coming off of a career-defining upset victory over the previously unbeaten former champion Adrien Broner, who he dropped two times en route to winning a unanimous decision. Prior to losing, Broner was considered by some to be the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather's throne. His use of the shoulder-roll defense drew comparisons to Mayweather, and the fact that Maidana was able to find a solution to "The Problem" will have many fans wondering if he can also crack the "MayVinci Code".