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Boxing: Mayweather rejects Khan for Maidana in May

Published on Feb 25, 2014 10:47 AM
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr attends the Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics NBA game on Feb 21, 2014, at Staples Centre in Los Angeles. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Undefeated welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather celebrated his 37th birthday on Monday by announcing he'll put his 45-0 record on the line on May 3 against Marcos Maidana.

The move comes after weeks of speculation as to whether Mayweather would fill his May fight date with Argentina's Maidana or England's Amir Khan.

The brash American even ran an internet poll in which fans voted for the Khan match-up, but World Boxing Council welterweight champion Mayweather instead will take on World Boxing Association champ Maidana in a unification bout.

"Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention," Mayweather said of Maidana's comprehensive defeat of the previously unbeaten Adrien Broner on December 14.

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