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Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana: 5 Fights We Would Rather See

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana Fails to Excite

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After months of speculation as to who he will be fighting next, Floyd Mayweather has finally announced that he will fight Marcos Maidana on May 3, 2014. The fight is the third installment of a six-fight, $200 million contract that Mayweather has with Showtime Pay-Per-View, and will be for the WBC welterweight title.

Although nobody is a sure bet any time two professional fighters get in the ring against each other, it is pretty obvious that Mayweather is going to take this one relatively easily. The 37-year-old is the undoubted best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He has the ability to force opposing fighters to wear down early, before going in for the proverbial kill later with his quickness and killer instinct. Suffice to say, his 45-0 record and title belts ranging from super featherweight to light middleweight belts make Maidana's career resume look like nothing.

For his part, Maidana does have a 35-3 record and is currently the WBA welterweight champion after beating Adrian Broner on December 14, 2013, but he doesn't carry much name recognition. Maidana is known to be a heavy puncher inside the ring, but there is little reason to believe that he has the finesse and quickness to deal with Mayweather for an entire fight, or even for a few rounds. At this point, he looks to be a filler so that the Mayweather machine can reel in a big check than to provide an actual opponent that will provide a tough fight.

Once the disappointment of this fight finally started to come down to a reasonable level, I started thinking of what other fights I would rather see than Mayweather vs. Maidana. And while dream scenarios involving Mayweather against different opponents would have provided much more excitement than the upcoming fight, there are also a number of intriguing fights that wouldn't involve the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

With that said, I have formed a list of five fights the casual fan would rather see than Mayweather vs. Maidana. Enjoy!

Tyler Leli is a Washington Capitals writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook or join his network on Google.

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5. Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather

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A Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight has been talked about for what seems like a decade now, although it has always been stopped by petty disagreements on things such as money and drug testing. During the time that this bickering occurred, Pacquiao took a momentary dip in form, losing two straight matches in 2012 while Mayweather continued to be the best fighter in the world. And while this fight may not be as competitive on paper as it would have been three years ago, there is no doubt that Pacquiao vs. Mayweather bout would be the most talked-about fight in many years.

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4. Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev

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It is not very often that boxing fans are given the chance to see a genuinely exciting heavyweight, but Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev would change that. Klitschko is a behemoth of a human being at 6-foot-6, 243 pounds, and has an absolutely dominant 61-3 career record which includes 18 straight wins since he last lost in 2004. Meanwhile, Pulev is also huge at 6-foot-4, 247 pounds, and he has a perfect 19-0 record including six consecutive wins defending the IBF international heavyweight title. This fight would be filled with mountain-moving punches.

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3. Adrian Broner vs. Floyd Mayweather

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Adrian Broner may have just lost to Marcos Maidana, but many chalked this up to the former not coming fully prepared. Still, Broner has a 27-1 career record, a close relationship with Mayweather, and is viewed as having the potential to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world in the future. A Broner vs. Mayweather fight would be a mix of two brash personalities and a fight the pits the current vs. future face of boxing.

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2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Ward

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While most people believe that Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter in the world, there is also a general consensus that Andre Ward is the second best. Ward has a perfect 27-0 record, holds the WBA and The Ring super-middleweight titles, and has the strength, quickness and fitness to compete in both fast-paced and drawn out matches. In order for this fight to actually happen, Mayweather would need to jump a weight class or two and Ward would need to fall one or two, but it would be worth it.

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1. DMX vs. George Zimmerman

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Okay, so neither DMX or George Zimmerman are professional fighters, but that doesn't mean that fans wouldn't love to see this fight. Everyone knows the storyline behind how Zimmerman gained national prominence, and DMX has been unabashed in going after his character over the last few months. Hardcore boxing fans may be repulsed by the talk of a DMX vs. George Zimmerman fight, but casual fans would watch it in droves.


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