by David P. Greisman
You can understand Harold Lederman’s bias — he’s a New York native. But HBO’s longtime ringside scorer also has other reasons for wishing that Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming fight with Marcos Maidana would land in Yankees Stadium.
Lederman caught up briefly with BoxingScene.com on Feb. 28.
BoxingScene.com: What do you think about Floyd Mayweather choosing to fight Marcos Maidana instead of Amir Khan?
Lederman: “Obviously, Maidana’s the tougher guy. You can’t take it away from him. Sensational performance against Adrien Broner. He took it right to Adrien Broner, who you know, we all considered one of the really best up-and-coming fighters in the world. Adrien Broner not only talked a good fight, he fought a good fight. And he had that welterweight title, and Maidana came along and beat him up.
“On the other hand, Khan’s just been losing. I mean, he got knocked out with one punch by Danny Garcia. People always accused Amir Khan of not having a great jaw. So the truth probably is Marcos Maidana is the better fight, and I believe it is. I’m really looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a terrific fight. I only hope that Floyd Mayweather is going to come across and fight in New York for the first time in his career.
“I put something on Twitter that I honestly believe he should fight in Yankee Stadium. He’s never fought in New York, and if he fights in Yankees Stadium, he can get 60,000 people. This could be something like Sugar Ray Robinson fighting Joey Maxim in Yankees Stadium, or all the Joe Louis fights that he had in Yankees Stadium. You know, it could really do a lot for the city, and for Mayweather’s legacy. I mean, all the great fighters fought in New York. Mayweather has never fought in New York.”
BoxingScene.com: I know the rumor was that they were looking at an offer from Barclays Center.
Lederman: “I know, but Barclays Center, I believe, you’ll do a maximum of 18,000 people. Take the fight to Yankees Stadium and do 60,000 and it’ll sell 60,000 seats with Mayweather’s popularity, and with Marcos Maidana’s popularity after that performance against Adrien Broner. So I think it is a better fight than Amir Khan. With Mayweather promising Amir Khan a fight, he really should give it to him after the Maidana fight.”
BoxingScene.com: How do you see Mayweather-Maidana going?
Lederman: “I think it’s going to be a typical Floyd Mayweather fight. Mayweather’s not going to get knocked out. He’s got a good jaw. You know, he’s elusive with that shoulder roll. He’s going to do his thing and win a decision. That’s what he does. He out-jabs you, hits you with lead right hands all night. I like Floyd, a unanimous decision, 12 rounds.”
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