Floyd Mayweather has insisted that the "knockout power" next opponent Marcos Maidana brings to the ring is the driving force behind his decision to pick the Argentine for a May 3rd showdown in Las Vegas, rather than Amir Khan.
Maidana and Khan have both been waiting anxiously for over a month to see who will get the biggest payday of their career against 'Money' Mayweather later this year, with a decision finally made earlier this week.
Khan is the man left out in the wilderness despite beating Maidana in a tremendous clash more than three years ago, but Mayweather believes the Argentine scrapper's destruction of Adrien Broner last time out proves he deserves top billing in the showpiece boxing event of 2014.
Mayweather told ESPN: "Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention.
"He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him, beat me."
The shock decision has left Khan's career in limbo, with the former world lightweight king turning down a scrap with Devon Alexander to pursue a dream clash with Mayweahter.
Mayweather has decided otherwise though after Maidana announced his arrival in the sport's elite by emerging victorious against previously unbeaten Broner last December, knocking the 'problem' down twice and famously smashing the arrogant star through the ropes on his way to a superb win.
The 30-year-old faces a more daunting prospect on May 3rd though, with Mayweather a master at nullifying big-punching brawlers in a career which remains flawless.
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