Photos: Maidana Gives Mayweather a Run for His Money. Khan Decisions Collazo.

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LAS VEGAS (May 4, 2014) – For a moment, it seemed like Marcos “El Chino” Maidana could do the unthinkable – hand pound-for-pound champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather the first loss of his brilliant career. Only for a moment.

 

Mayweather, who is now the WBC and WBA Welterweight World Champion, prevailed with a hard-fought majority decision victory over Maidana in the main event on Saturday on SHOWTIME PPV in front of 16,268 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

 

Judge Michael Pernick scored the fight a draw (114-114) while Burt Clemens scored 117-111 and Dave Moretti 116-112.

 

Mayweather vs. Maidana and Khan vs. Collazo will premiere on SHOWTIME next Saturday, May 10, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana will premiere “Epilogue” at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT following the special SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast of the pay-per-view bouts.

 

Maidana, who said he needed to throw 100 punches a round to win, came out blazing, suffocating Mayweather against the ropes and doing just that – throwing precisely 100 punches in the opening round. But the difference was accuracy, as Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) landed 54 percent of his total punches thrown compared to Maidana’s 26 percent landed.

 

“It was a tough, competitive fight,” Mayweather said. “I gave the fans what the fans wanted to see. Normally, I box and move. Finally, I was in a tough, competitive fight. Tonight, I wanted to stand there and fight and give the fans their money’s worth.”

 

The thrilling encounter was rough from the start, with Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) bullying Mayweather against the ropes and Mayweather asserting his dominance in the middle of the ring. Mayweather suffered the most significant cut of his career after a clash of heads in the fourth round and, at times, seemed in danger of losing his first bout since the amateurs.

 

SHO Stats compiled punches landed in 38 of Mayweather’s previous fights. On Saturday, SHO Stats revealed that Maidana hit the pound-for-pound great more times than ever, with 221 punches making contact.

 

“I definitely think I won this fight,” Maidana said. “Floyd did not fight like the man I expected him to. He made me change the gloves. I had bigger gloves and everything and I still gave him a fight.

 

“He did win some rounds, but the majority of them I dominated. I did go after him, but he’s a difficult fighter.”

 

After the scintillating bout that had pundits and promoters alike calling for a rematch, SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray pressed Mayweather if he would grant Maidana another shot.

 

“If the fans want to see it again, we’ll do it again,” Mayweather said.

 

While Maidana disagreed with the judges, the feeling was mutual for the Argentinean when asked if he wanted a rematch.

 

“I have to give him a rematch because I won the fight,” Maidana said. “I’m not scared of him. Why not give him the rematch.”

 

“Let’s do it again,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer:

 

In the co-feature, British star Amir Khan floored Luis Collazo three times en route to a 12-round unanimous decision 117-106, 119-104, 119-104.

 

Khan (29-3, 19 KOs), in his first bout at 147 pounds, showcased his speed, footwork and precision from the opening bell. Khan landed 50 percent of his power punches and mixed in a dose of roughhouse tactics, which added up to a frustrating night for Collazo.

 

Both fighters were fined a point in the eighth at separate times by referee Vic Drakulich. With Khan holding Collazo’s head down, Collazo was fined for a low blow. Just seconds later, Khan was penalized one point for holding.

 

“It was tough because Collazo was very awkward, but we pulled it together and came out with the win,” Khan said. “It was a tough fight to debut at 147 pounds after a 13 month layoff. Not many fighters would take a fight like this. Especially with Collazo coming off of a big knockout win over Victor Ortiz.”

 

After the fight, Khan pleaded his case in the Mayweather Sweepstakes.

 

“People want to see a fight between me and Floyd,” Khan said. “Floyd hasn’t seen speed. He’s fighting people with explosive power. But styles make fights and I think my style will give him a lot of trouble.”

 

Khan seemed more comfortable at 147 pounds and was able to inflict damage on the naturally bigger Collazo. He hurt Collazo (35-6, 18 KOs) with a left hook to the body in the 10th round, attacked and floored him against the ropes. Khan continued the onslaught, hitting Collazo with a relentless attack and dropped him again seconds later.

 

“I had to hang in there. That’s how we do it,” Collazo said. “His style was really hard. He kept grabbing me and it was difficult. Things happen. We’ll see what happens next.”

 

In his debut in the 140-pound division, three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner bounced back from the first loss of his career with a unanimous decision win (99-91, 98-92, 100-90) over Carlos Molina.

 

Broner (28-1, 22 KO), who was fighting for the first time since his surprising loss to Maidana last December, started slow and was hit by a crushing overhand right from the confident Molina in the second round. While locked up in the third, Broner wrestled and tossed Molina (17-2-1, 13 KOs) to the ground, earning a hard warning by referee Kenny Bayless.

 

Broner picked up the pace in the middle rounds and took control of the bout with an impressive inside fight game.

 

“I feel good. It was a comeback fight,” Broner said. “I shook the cobwebs, looked good and got the victory.

 

“At the end of the day, I don’t make my fights. I’ll fight anybody. I’d like to fight (Manny) Pacquiao before he leaves.”

 

Molina admitted to being frustrated by the speed of Broner.

 

“I felt I stayed in there too much,” Molina said. “He’s a fast fighter with a fast jab. It was tricky for me to time the jab and I felt frustrated. I was trying to do what my corner was telling me to do, but it didn’t happen.”

 

Broner trainer Mike Stafford praised his pupil for his performance in a new weight division.

 

“I think he looked great,” Stafford said. “He didn’t get hit and he took the guy apart. He gave him a boxing lesson. People have to realize Adrien is still young. He’s in a new weight class and he has to figure this weight class out.”

 

In the opening bout of the PPV telecast, J’Leon Love kept his undefeated record intact with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Marco Antonio Periban, scored 95-93, 97-92 and 96-93.

 

Love (18-0, 10 KOs) was effective with the jab in the early rounds before Periban (20-2-1, 13 KOs) floored him with three vicious exchanges. After barely escaping the round, Love turned the tables a bit in the sixth, landed a jab that opened up a deep cup over the left eye and cruised to victory.

 

“Periban is a tough dude,” Love said. “It was a good fight. He has a very awkward style. He hit me with a tough shot and I knew it was smart to take that knee because he can be very aggressive.

 

“I worked hard and I knew the judges would see it my way.”

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Photos/Quotes: Floyd Mayweather & Mayweather Promotions Fighters Media Workout

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER, 10-Time World Champion

“In 18 years I haven’t brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I’ve boxed my whole life. I’ve never worked

“As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I’ve had enough fun.

“It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best.

“This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it’s time for me to go out and do what I do.

“Maidana deserves the opportunity. He’s a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. He deserves this fight.

“Everything isn’t about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I’m a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless.

“Boxing is like chess. Every move has to be thought about before you make it. I like to study my opponents first.

“I’m not going to do a lot of moving when I get in the ring. I’m coming straight ahead.

“Everyone is supposed to say they want to fight me. Right now Maidana is the guy that I can’t overlook.

“I love all my fans that support me from Argentina. It’s the sport of boxing, so the best have to fight the best.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“Mayweather is always ready for

“Maidana has tremendous punching power and can knock you out at any

“Maidana should be ready for a toe-to-

“THE MOMENT will be a tremendous fight. A must see event.

“Floyd has a unique talent that I’ve never seen before in my life. He’s better now than he was 12 years ago.

“Floyd’s preparation elevates him above

“J’Leon has matured as a fighter. This is going to be a very tough fight for him.”

“I have every bit of confidence that this is a challenge that J’Leon will prevail in and then be in a great position to challenge for the world title.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

“Floyd Mayweather did it again. He picked the most dangerous opponent he

“It’s going to be a thrilling fight. Maidana is ready and he’s going to come to try to knock out Mayweather.

“It is always amazing to be at a Mayweather workout. The turnout is something to see.

“As a boxing fan, I cannot wait for May 3. THE MOMENT is going to be an unforgettable night of boxing.

“The whole card from top to bottom is something that no one is going to want to miss and the pay-per-view portion is one of the best, if not the best we have ever put together.”

J’LEON LOVE, Super Middleweight

“I’m going to bring my A-plus game.

“I’m not scared of a guy Periban’s size.

“This is graduation season. I’m ready to fight for the world title.

“I know I’m going to beat Periban. I feel it in my heart.”

RONALD GAVRIL, Undefeated Middleweight Contender

“My opponent is not a problem for me.

“I’m preparing for a show. He better be

“It’s an honor to train next to Floyd. I learn from the champion in every way.

“Keep your eyes on me. The show is going to begin.”

ASHLEY THEOPHANE, Welterweight

“I don’t worry about my opponent. I

“Experience counts. I’ve been here before. I’m beyond ready.

“I’ve never been knocked out before. It’s going to be an action-packed fight.

“I’m one win away from the world title.

“It’s all about getting the W.

“I’m good for another few years. I’m still young and hungry.”

LANELL BELLOWS, Super Middleweight Prospect

“It’s just another day at the office. We do what we have to do.

“I’m working harder now. What happened yesterday is yesterday.

“I always strive to push myself further.

“He has to be fast enough to hit me. No mater how big or small.

“Expect a hungry man. Nothing but the

“If I touch you there’s a chance you may be going down.

ANDREW TABITI, Undefeated Cruiserweight Prospect

“Never give up. I didn’t think I would make it so that’s all I have to say.

“It doesn’t stop here. I’m trying to get to the next level.”

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Mayweather-Maidana PPV Card Finalized with Broner-Molina & Love-Periban

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ADRIEN BRONER VS. CARLOS MOLINA
10-Round Junior Welterweight LAS VEGAS (March 25, 2014) – The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV® event, “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” is now complete with the addition of two stellar 10-round bouts. Opening the pay-per-view event will be a super middleweight matchup between unbeaten J’Leon Love and former title challenger and Mexican Olympian Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico City followed by a junior welterweight bout featuring exciting former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner against the hard-hitting Californian Carlos Molina. The scintillating fight card, headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan vs. Luis Collazo, will take place on Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in what many are calling the best top-to-bottom pay-per-view boxing event in many years.
 
“This is a testament to the strength of a boxing event that involves Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions, said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. It will definitely be a moment no one will want to miss. Floyd gave his orders to make sure these fights were part of this show and we were able to make it happen. I think boxing fans are going to be extremely pleased with what we have put together for them. Mayweather Promotions’ J’Leon Love is training very hard for this fight. He knows a win over Periban brings him closer to a world championship. On May 3, I expect nothing less than a great night of boxing for everyone.”
 
“It would be easy for us to simply put a great fight like Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana on top of this card and leave it at that, but that’s not fair to the boxing fans that demand and deserve more,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “So with the rest of this pay-per-view card, we’ve stacked it with an important bout between former world champions Amir Khan and Luis Collazo, the return of one of boxing’s top young superstars as Adrien Broner faces tough Carlos Molina, and an opener between J’Leon Love and Marco Antonio Periban that could produce the next super middleweight world title challenger. It will be an unforgettable night for all boxing fans.”
 
One of the most talked about fighters in boxing today, Cincinnati’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1, 22 KOs), is also one of the most talented. A world titleholder in three weight classes with speed, power and heart, Broner owns victories over Paulie Malignaggi, Antonio De Marco, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Gavin Rees. The 24-year-old lost his WBA World Welterweight title in a thrilling 12-round bout against Marcos Maidana last December making May 3 a virtual must-win fight for the highly touted former champion.
 
“I had minor set back but I am back on May 3rd. Everybody needs to understand that I just took a loss. I haven’t lost it,” said Broner. “I’m still “The Problem” and anyone can get it, whether you are African, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban or Mexican.”
 
A talented boxer-puncher eager to get back in the title hunt, 28-year-old Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs) has the style and talent to hand Broner his second loss. A seven-year professional who has built a substantial fan following in Southern California, the Norwalk product has returned from a 17-month layoff refreshed and determined to win a world championship. That quest starts  against Broner.
 
“I am so excited to be able to fight on a card of this magnitude against Adrien Broner,” said Molina. “Sure he’s tough but we all saw what happened in his last fight when he was under pressure. I have the boxing ability and punching power to beat him and that is exactly what I plan to do on May 3.”
 
Dearborn Heights, Mich., native J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs) is a gifted fighter who impresses fans with each outing. Unbeaten as a professional, the 26-year-old member of Mayweather Promotions and “The Money Team” is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Lajuan Simon and Vladine Biosse. He will be looking for an impressive early finish against Periban as he fights in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.
 
“It is always an honor to be on the same card as my boss, Floyd Mayweather,” said Love. “I train with him in the gym everyday and see what it takes to compete at the highest level in boxing. I can’t thank Floyd and Mayweather Promotions enough for these opportunities. My opponent is a very tough competitor but I have no doubt that I will be victorious and move one step closer to a world championship. May 3 can’t get here soon enough.”
 
A top Mexican contender for world title honors, 29-year-old NABF Super Middleweight Champion Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs) can box or bang, making him a nightmare matchup for opponents and a favorite of fight fans. The Mexico City native won his current NABF title with a second-round knockout of Samuel Miller in 2013. While he lost a subsequent WBC title fight against Sakio Bika via a controversial decision, he knows a win over Love will put him at the top of the division again.
 
“This is a great opportunity for me and I will represent my country and Mexican boxing fans all over the world on this Cinco de Mayo weekend,” said Periban. “J’Leon Love might be a member of ‘The Money Team’ but that won’t matter on May 3, when he has to face someone like me. We’ll see who comes out victorious. I will not let my people or my country down.”
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