Machine can smash Money

Floyd “Money” Mayweather has few fears that his slavishly protected unbeaten record of 45 bouts will end on Saturday.

The Money man takes on brawler Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and, barring a huge upset, Mayweather will put another precious “W” against his name after a routine points win.

The WBC welterweight champ has been talking up the Argentinian’s chances but that is viewed as merely a promotional consideration to generate pay-per-view sales.

Amir Khan fights on the same bill and the fast and flashy but soft punching Brit is expected to be Mayweather’s next opponent, assuming he beats the dangerous Luis Collazo.

Like all Mawyweather opponents, the easily knocked over Khan is seen as a comfortable night’s work, whereas a fighter like Lucas “The Machine” Matthyssee who would love to get in there with Money and fully deserves it, is not a consideration.

That’s because Matthyssee, like compatriot Maidana, is fearless and fights at an extraordinary tempo.

Against John Molina over the weekend, in Carson, California, Matthyssee showed tremendous heart and staying power again in a light-welter bout to overcome two knockdowns and stop the local fighter in 11 terrific rounds, making it the undisputed fight of the year so far.

It was Matthyssee’s 33rd victory, including 30 knockouts against only three points losses at the highest level.

A fight with Mayweather is what The Machine deserves and many would love to see. But with that perfect record to preserve and only three bouts to go before he retires with Showtime’s hundreds of millions of dollars in his pockets, Mayweather will not face anyone as hazardous as Matthyssee in the meantime.

The Showtime deal ends in September 2015 and, assuming Mayweather is still unbeaten, he will be on 49-0, the same as Rocky Marciano’s record.

A tempting fiftieth bout may lure Mayweather between the ropes a final time. It could possibly be against Manny Pacquiao, but one thing is certain, it won’t be against The Machine.

The Money man takes on brawler Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and, barring a huge upset, Mayweather will put another precious “W” against his name after a routine points win.

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