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Mayweather to fight Maidana
It's official. Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s next opponent is Marcos Maidana. The 37-year-old star announced the May 3 fight (location TBD) on Monday. Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) is fighting Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) in the third of a six-fight deal he signed with Showtime, after which he says he will retire. While whispers of a Manny Pacquiao fight seem to be quieting, this one against the welterweight titleholder should be intriguing.
Most everyone who watched Floyd Mayweather fight Canelo Alvarez agreed that Mayweather won the fight easily, unless you count all those punches Alvarez threw that hit Mayweather's shoulder or gloves to be somehow worth something. Judge C.J. Ross, however, had the fight as a draw -- a decision so out of line with reality that she's stepping down from being a judge indefinitely. Good officiating is paramount in boxing, where anything less than objective judgment can damage fans' perceptions of the entire sport. Given the reaction to Ross' decision, it might be difficult for any fight she judges in the future to be taken seriously.
This isn't the only time Ross was involved in a controversial decision. She was one of two judges who gave Timothy Bradley a win over Manny Pacquiao last summer.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
What's next for Floyd Mayweather?
Saturday night's matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez went a lot like pretty much every other fight Mayweather has fought -- Alvarez was unable to make anything resembling contact with Mayweather while Mayweather landed enough combinations to make it clear to everyone (save for one judge) who won the fight. Mayweather has his pick of who to fight next as his career enters its next phase, but at this point, it doesn't seem like anyone in his weight class could offer him a challenge.