Khan left out in the cold as Mayweather goes with Maidana

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Updated: February 25, 2014

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Floyd Mayweather celebrated his 37th birthday by picking hard hitting Argentine Marco Maidana instead of Amir Khan as his next opponent on May 3rd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Despite the undefeated WBC welterweight champion running an online vote with his fans who unanimously decided he should face Khan, Mayweather went with Maidana on the basis that he holds the WBC title which sets up the prospect of a unification bout

Khan will be extremely disappointed with the decision especially considering he pulled the plug on his December fight to open the door for the opportunity of stepping into the ring with Mayweather. He will also feel aggrieved knowing he has already beaten Maidana back in 2011 in what was awarded as the fight of the year by The Ring magazine.

Trainer Virgil Hunter and the Khan camp will now have to select a new opponent and hope they get the opportunity later in the year if the result goes in Mayweather’s favour although a crack at Maidana if he pulls off the upset could be more appealing and a great opportunity for Khan to become a world champion again for the 4th time.

Mayweather comes into the fight after a classy performance against the talented Saul Alvarez which saw him win the WBA and WBC light middleweight titles and one more victory will see him draw level with Joe Calzaghe and 46-0, 3 wins shy of Rocky Marciano’s 49-0.

Maidana’s record stands at 35/3 and has won his last 4 fights since his loss to Devon Alexander including a unanimous decision in his last fight against the much talked about Adrien Broner for the WBC welterweight title.