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 Last update:  3/3/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Merchant: Mayweather-Maidana is the Right Fight to Make
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by David P. Greisman

There had been plenty of discussion and debate in recent weeks about who Floyd Mayweather should face in his next fight, and why. Mayweather ended up choosing Marcos Maidana as his May 3 opponent pay-per-view opponent instead of picking Amir Khan, and longtime boxing commentator Larry Merchant says that was a good pick.

“I think it was the smart thing to do and the right thing to do in that Khan had been so idle and that there was a lot of cynicism about the fight,” Merchant told on Feb. 28.

Khan hasn’t fought since April 2013, when he had to come off the canvas to take a too-close-for-comfort decision over Julio Diaz. Khan opted against facing welterweight titleholder Devon Alexander last year, hoping that he was about to land the Mayweather fight instead. Khan is coming off two wins, but those follow a split decision loss to Lamont Peterson in late 2011 and a technical knockout loss to Danny Garcia in July 2012.

And given the criticism of Khan’s chin and whether he had earned a Mayweather fight, Merchant also noted that Maidana is riding the wave from his conquering of Adrien Broner this past December.

“With Maidana’s performance against Broner, I think that it’s a more buzz-worthy fight for the American audience,” Merchant said. “And I think that’s important because a few weeks before [Mayweather-Maidana] is Pacquiao-Bradley. A few weeks after that fight is Martinez-Cotto. Both of which are of high interest. So I think Maidana was the right choice.”

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Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Larry Merchant , Marcos Maidana , Mayweather-Maidana , Mayweather vs. Maidana


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comment by Wyvceo, on 03-04-2014
[QUOTE=JBell11]I agree with you 100%, but lets be honest, Mayweather won't ever go anywhere north of 154. Martinez has gone on record to fight Mayweather at 154 - Now, will he be effective at that weight? THat's another story. But I've always said that Martinez had the goods to beat Mayweather. S...

comment by Wyvceo, on 03-04-2014
[QUOTE=Wyvceo]Anyone calling this guy a cherry pick is just dumb who has PAC fought really fought who can beat this guy...he called bradly out years ago he was ripped off on Devon fight the boys a beast ,.. Can he beat 37 year old floyd ...prob who can ...not unroided PAC that's a fantasy his fan...

comment by Wyvceo, on 03-04-2014
[QUOTE=kurt0411]No it's not Larry and neither is khan[/QUOTE] Anyone calling this guy a cherry pick is just dumb who has PAC fought really fought who can beat this guy...he called bradly out years ago he was ripped off on Devon fight the boys a beast ,.. Can he beat 37 year old floyd ...prob w...

comment by JBell11, on 03-04-2014
[QUOTE=MJ406]^agreed, Mayweather-Khan would be a joke I still don't see the sense in Mayweather fighting Martinez @ 154. Sergio is the recognized #1 Middleweight in the world and a current title holder. why not fight him at Middle, instead of bringing him down in weight? **I know, ...

comment by Muscles72, on 03-03-2014
Maidana was definitely the right choice much tougher than Amir he's a great boxer and all but this guy dosen't have a good chin if he would do his thing and just box he would be fine and probably would've got the mayweather fight but dude tries to trade with these big punchers and gets his but ha...

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