On last night's edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, which was a triple-header promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Floyd Mayweather spoke publicly for the first time since signing to face Marcos Maidana in a welterweight title fight on May 3, a choice that left previous front-runner Amir Khan out in the cold.
Showtime's Steve Farhood asked Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO) why he chose Maidana (35-3, 31 KO), and Floyd made it clear: he simply felt Maidana was the better and more deserving fighter at this time.
"Maidana has a lot of great wins lately, whereas Amir Khan is 2-2 in his last four fights. That's all there is to it," he said, adding, "I chose the better man."
Maidana is a massive underdog, as expected, but Floyd is doing his best to sell the Argentine brawler as a a major threat.
"This is a very difficult fight for me. This is a guy I can't overlook," said Mayweather. "Each and every time Marcos Maidana goes out there he gives it his best. I know I have to go out there and be at my best.
"I will sit down with my father and go over a brilliant game plan and hopefully this training camp goes well. He's tough. He's a champion just like I'm a champion, so when you bring the two together you get nothing but excitement. I must push myself to the limit, and May 3, The Money Team will be ready."