Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana will meet this Saturday night on Showtime pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Mayweather's WBC and WBA welterweight titles on the line, as well as his WBC junior middleweight title, with the sanctioning body granting him the opportunity to defend both belts at the 147-pound limit.
Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO) and Maidana (35-4, 31 KO) both say they'll go for the knockout this weekend, though how true that is certainly remains to be seen.
"It's all about excitement. Saturday is about giving the fans what they want to see. It could be round one or round 13, but it's all about the fans," Mayweather said.
"I'm pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout. I'm going for the knockout so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we'll see how it plays out Saturday.
Maidana confirmed Mayweather's suspicions. "I'm definitely going to look for the knockout like I always do but I will take the victory any way I can."
Maidana knows that he has an exceedingly rare second crack at dethroning boxing's pound-for-pound ruler, as this is just the second rematch Mayweather has fought in his illustrious career.
"I have 12 more rounds to finish the job, that's what I'm here for. I'm well prepared and ready to show that Mayweather isn't all that everyone thinks he is," he said. "When I first analyzed Mayweather I thought he would be too fast to hit. But that wasn't the case during the fight, I was able to hit him and keep him against the ropes and I plan on doing the same thing again."