By Rick Reeno: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer spoke with BoxingScene.com and explained the factors which influenced WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26KOs) to pass over Amir Khan in favor of Marcos Maidana as the opponent of choice for May 3rd, likely at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Khan (28-3, 19KOs), inactive since last June after he struggled to decision Julio Diaz, was viewed for months as the frontrunner to fight Mayweather.
However, Maidana (35-3, 31KOs) made a major statement, and quickly entered the Mayweather sweepstakes, after scoring one of the biggest upsets of 2013 with a twelve round unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Adrien Broner to capture the WBA welterweight title at the Alamodome in December. Besides handing Broner his first defeat, Maidana also scored two knockdowns in the contest.
“I actually talked to Floyd last night, I saw Floyd last night and talked to him about it. I think what it came down to, is that Maidana had such a strong performance, a statement performance against Adrien Broner, who a lot of people felt was going to be the next Floyd Mayweather, a superstar, and that still might very well be the case..no question about it,” Schaefer told BoxingScene.com.