Mayweather Jr. vs. Maidana 2 on Sept. 13 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) July 10, 2014
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) has just announced on his twitter that he’ll be fighting Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. We already knew that Mayweather planned on fighting Maidana a second time in September, but we didn’t know the venue until today with Mayweather Jr revealing that the fight will be at the MGM Grand.
Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole says that he had a conversation with Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and he says that Golden Boy Promotions will be promoting the Mayweather-Maidana II fight along with Mayweather Promotions. This too is new, because there was speculation that Mayweather would promote the fight himself now that his company has a promoter’s license in New York. However, they still don’t have a promoters’ license in the state of Nevada.
Iole said on his twitter, “Just spoke briefly with Leonard Ellerbe. @GoldenBoyBoxing is promoting Mayweather-Maidana 2 with @MayweatherPromo More to come”.
Had Mayweather opted to stage the fight in New York rather than Nevada there would have been a hefty state tax of 8.82% along with an additional 4% city tax, according to the Daily Mail.
If the venue in New York that Mayweather would be staging his fight card wasn’t interested in offsetting these costs, it would potentially cost millions in state taxes to stage the fight over there rather than in Nevada. It’s one of the good things about states like Nevada, Texas and Washington, they don’t have state income taxes.
Golden Boy should help in theory beef up the Mayweather-Maidana II undercard by adding a couple of decent fights. Hopefully that’s a possibility, but it’s not a definite thing. The last Mayweather-Maidana undercard had Khan fighting Luis Collazo and Adrien Broner facing Carlos Molina, and neither of those fights were even remotely competitive or interesting on paper.
If Golden Boy is going to add names to Mayweather’s undercards, it’s got to be competitive fights. They need to focus on quality, not quantity, because fans want to see at least three strong fights involving big names for fight cards that they’re being asked to pay $75 on pay-per-view. It’s no good if the undercard has three big names involved with mismatches.
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