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Mayweather vs Maidana Live on Showtime pay-per-view

Mayweather vs Maidana Live on Showtime pay-per-view

These five questions will be debated and discussed in barrooms and on message boards wherever boxing fans come together in the days leading up to the fight on September 13.

Mayweather vs Maidana Live on Showtime pay-per-view
Boxing: Mayweather vs. Maidana II – LIVE

Boxing: Mayweather vs. Maidana II – LIVE

Boxing: Mayweather vs. Maidana II – LIVE

1. Will Marcos Maidana’s Popularity Continue to Grow?
When a fighter faces Floyd Mayweather, a certain percentage of fans will always cheer for him, simply because he is fighting Mayweather. And among serious fans, Marcos Maidana was already a popular performer due to his take-no-prisoners, all-action style.

Maidana raised his popularity and earned his first shot at Mayweather when he beat the crap out of the insufferably cocky Adrien Broner last year. His relentless, mauling style against Mayweather took his stardom to the next level.

Maidana made the last fight exciting and relatively close. It might be too much to ask him to do it again, but I do expect him to demonstrate the same tough-guy persona that has been steadily winning him fans.

2. Will the Earlier Start Time Lead to Better Sales?
In a move that is great news to all early-to-bed East Coasters like myself, Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions announced last week that they would be moving the start time for this event up to 8 p.m. ET.

Traditionally, most pay-per-views have started at 9 p.m. or later. The biggest part of the boxing audience has always been blue-collar, so events sometimes ended a little more than 24 hours before viewers had to get up to go to work on Monday.

For a lot of fans, it’s tough to even stay awake for the main event. For young fans trying to break into the sport with their parents, it’s often too late at night.

I’m old school and keep grandpa hours most of the time. I’d love to see a return to the days of major fights happening in the afternoon.

That’s obviously very unlikely. But the move to 8 p.m. is at least a nice accommodation to make for the 80 percent of the U.S. population that lives in the Eastern and Central time zones.

3. Will There Be a Shake-Up to the Mayweather Entourage?
It makes me feel a bit like a gossip columnist to be writing about this before one of the biggest fights of the year. However, promoting fights has always been partly about show business, and Floyd Mayweather understands this as well as anyone ever has.

Speculation over who will walk into the ring with Mayweather on fight night is always part of the chatter in advance of a Mayweather fight. Rap superstars, teen heartthrobs and entire circus troops have accompanied him to the ring in recent fights.

For his past few fights he’s fallen into a steady lineup of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. Even my eight-year-old niece hates the Bieb at this point, but Mayweather has kept loyal with his own case of Bieber fever.

Still, it’s hard to imagine a showman like Mayweather won’t finally shake things up this time around. In his 2012 HBO interview with Michael Eric Dyson, Mayweather actually boasted he could get Barack Obama to walk in with him, if he made the call.

Mayweather vs Maidana Live on Showtime pay-per-view

4. Are the Wheels Coming off the Money Team?
Even while battling Marcos Maidana in a tough fight last time, Floyd Mayweather proved that he’s still the pound-for-pound best in the sport. So this question isn’t about Mayweather. Even at 36, he very much looks to have quality years ahead of him in the ring.

But the greatest fighter of his generation has found that transitioning to the promotional side of the sport is not such a simple thing to do. His Money Team has yet to develop a true rising star, and his best prospects have gone down hard over the past year.

Last weekend, Mayweather’s main protege, J’Leon Love, was knocked out in three rounds by Rogelio Medina. To me, this wasn’t a complete surprise. Love has looked great against plodders like Marco Periban, but he got a gift decision against light middleweight journeyman Gabriel Rosado. That was later turned to a no-contest when Love failed the post-fight drug test.

Mayweather’s other top undefeated fighter, Badou Jack, was stunned by a first-round knockout against Derek Edwards last February. Jack’s stiff, upright European style allowed Edwards to easily slip and counter.
Boxing: Mayweather vs. Maidana II – LIVE

Boxing: Mayweather vs. Maidana II – LIVE

Boxing: Mayweather vs. Maidana II – LIVE

Boxing is a tough sport. Only one man can win in each fight. There is a lot of talent out there, and the talent only grows as a fighter moves up the ranks.

Mayweather grew up in the sport and has a great boxing mind. I wouldn’t count him out as a future success as a promoter. But unlike what he does in the ring so often, he’s not making it look easy.


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