Floyd “Money” Mayweather has officially taken longer than ever to announce his opponent for the annual Cinco de Mayo weekend bout. And the clock is still ticking.
Last year, Mayweather announced his opponent Robert Guerrero on Feb. 19. Although it may seem that Mayweather is just taking his time to let the suspense build, he is most surely not. He and his team are struggling to find a worthy opponent that does not provide too much of a risk to his undefeated record, but still offers up an attractive promotion leading up to the fight.
The two names that have been in conversation as potential opponents are English fighter Amir “King” Khan and Argentinian Marcos “El Chino” Maidana. The two are accomplished fighters: Khan is a former world champion, and Maidana is a current world title holder coming off an upset victory over Adrien “The Problem” Broner.
Although the two are accomplished, the fight game is a business of “What have you done for me lately?” Frankly, Khan has done absolutely nothing the last couple of years. He has two wins in a row against suspect opponents following two consecutive losses.
Both potential opponents should not be too much of a problem for Mayweather, but it is clear that Maidana offers up more of an enticing sell to the fight fan. Maidana is a current titleholder at 147 pounds, as is Mayweather, hence a unification bout. Also, Maidana just finished destroying Mayweather’s “little bro” and heir apparent, Adrien Broner, in their December 14 bout. Khan does have the larger fanbase, but he does not provide a storyline aside from that, nor a title to put on the line — only a dismal two-fight win streak.
The clock continues to tick. We know that there will be a fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 3, and we know one half of it will be Floyd Mayweather — but we just don’t know who will fill the other half. We know who the opponent should be, but in the crazy world of prize fights, what we want and what should happen is not always what actually happens.