Floyd Mayweather will fight Marcos Maidana on May 3

He’s been untouchable in the ring for years. Will that change on May 3rd?

 

The undisputed pound-for-pound champion of boxing has another fight to look forward to: a May 3rd bout with Marcos Maidana. The 12-round welterweight unification fights will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, promoted by Golden Boy Productions and Mayweather Promotions. Mayweather is still undefeated, sporting a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, while Maidana is 35-3 with 31 knockouts. Mayweather convincingly beat Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez in 2013, with the Alvarez fight becoming the highest-grossing boxing match of all-time at $150 million. Floyd is also known for making very large sports bets… can you imagine the amount of cash he’d throw on himself if it weren’t against every rule in the book?

Maidana is Argentinian, and was thrust into the limelight after handing Andrien Broner the first defeat in his career in December. Maidana also has a win over Erik Morales under his belt, but Mayweather is the biggest game in town, and a win over the brash 37-year old champion would make him a part of boxing folklore. It’s always a spectacle anytime Money Mayweather is involved, and you can be sure the eyes of the world will be on that ring.

NBA Playoff Predictor: Charlotte Bobcats

Al Jefferson is one of the best players that you’ve never heard of

The Charlotte Bobcats have been down in the dumps for a while, and some poor draft choices may be to blame. A flub on #3 overall pick Adam Morrison is the most glaring one, but the franchise as a whole has been mismanaged for many years. Michael Jordan took the reigns in 2010, and this season is the first time that the Bobcats have a legitimate shot at the postseason. With a core of Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker, Josh McRoberts and Bismark Biyombo, they look like a team that could be one of the East’s top 8 — whatever that may mean to you. Let’s look a little closer at the numbers:

  • Jefferson leads the team in points per game (20.1), rebounds per game (10.5) and blocks per game (1.2).
  • 26th in points per game
  • 5th in points allowed per game
  • Hollinger Playoff Odds: 68.5%
  • Allowed under 90 points 16 times so far this season

Charlotte has all the makings of a fringe playoff team, but the Eastern Conference is so bad, they almost have to make it in. Even at 23-30, they’re currently in the 8th spot — as well as only three games behind #5 Atlanta and 1.5 games above Detroit in 9th. I’ll give this young team a 55% chance of making the postseason. I think that’s fair, especially since it would be 0% if they were in the West.

 

Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2013

A-Rod made $27 million last year? That’s cute.

After his salary was reported to be over $44 million in FY 2013, if anyone should be doing commercials where he’s jamming out to a song that goes “i’m the man, i’m the man, i’m the maaaan” it should be the commish. That’s a lot of money, but he is the head of a league that made about $10 billion last year and is showing no signs of slowing down. Goodell, the son of a former U.S. Senator, began as an intern with the NFL in 1982 — rising to its highest position 24 years later.

All-Star Weekend, Soccer, and More!

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Tuesday, 7 PM @ Rose Quarter, Portland, OR

Can the Trail Blazer slow down the frontrunner for MVP?

The Thunder are looking like the league’s best team, leading the NBA with 41 wins and a .774 win percentage, so they’ll give Portland all it can handle in this match up. However, OKC has stumbled away from home, going 18-9 compared to 23-3 at home. The Trail Blazers look to be what the Thunder were a couple years ago — a young team that came out of nowhere to eventually become the best in the West. Led by Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Trail Blazers will look to bridge the 4-game gap between them and the #1 Thunder.

#1 Syracuse vs. #25 Pitt
Wednesday, 7 PM @ Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Pitt will try to handle Cuse its first loss

Even with contests like Duke-North Carolina, Heat vs. Warriors, and Canadiens vs. Red Wings happening on the same day, this is the game you want to see. Syracuse is the unanimous #1 team in the country in both the AP and Coaches polls, but they’ll be at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh for this one. Pitt has slipped a little recently after starting the season 16-1, losing 3 of their last 6 — including a 59-54 loss at Syracuse. The home-court advantage could be exactly the lift the Panthers need to get over the hump and hand the Orange their first loss of the season.

NBA Slam-Dunk Contest
Saturday, 7 PM @ Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

John Wall will look to bring some new energy to the contest

The lineup has been OK at best for this event over the last few years, but in 2014 the NBA attracted some of the best. Paul George, Damien Lillard and John Wall are a few of the competitors looking to take down reigning champion Terrence Ross. Between jumping over cars and 360-windmills, we’re sure to get a show at the New Orleans Arena. Say what you will about the non-compeiative nature of the All-Star Game on Sunday, these guys want to win.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool, FA Cup Quarterfinals
Sunday, 4 PM @ Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Will Liverpool trounce Arsenal for the second time in a week?

A rematch of the 5-1 thrashing Liverpool just gave the Gunners in the Premier League on Saturday, this is a great contest between two of soccer’s best clubs. We are unlikely to see another instance of Arsenal giving up four goals in the first 20 minutes, but Liverpool’s attacking play is hard ┬áto stop. Whether it’s Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge or Raheem Sterling, the Reds offense is set to send them back to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Arsenal looks to be headed back to Europe as well, but the club hasn’t won a trophy since the 2005 F.A. Cup. Lots on the line here.

 

 

Basketball, Basketball, Basketball…. and Hockey

It’s time for the NBA to shine, now that the Super Bowl has come, gone, and disappointed most of us. Bring on another 7-game NBA Finals to get us out of this funk, basketball. This week has a slew of good match ups, but not ones you would have been excited about before this year. With the emergence of the Pacers as the NBA’s best team (by record, at least) and the Trail Blazers, Rockets and Suns heading for the playoffs, we’re getting some exciting non-traditionally contests.

Oh, and there’s quite a bit of good hockey this week as well.

Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, 7PM @ TD Garden, Boston, MA

These two teams still don’t like each other

It’s been a couple years since the fantastic Canucks/Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, eventually won by Boston, but the there’s still no love lost here. While Vancouver is fighting for one of the last playoff spots in the West, the Bruins are cruising with the second best point total in their conference. A loss at home for Boston would be a bit embarrassing, while the Canucks need something to get them going.

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Indiana Pacers
Friday, 7PM @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

Two of the new titans of basketball

The Trail Blazers and Pacers have become two of the best teams in the NBA, led by some young stars that could be the faces of the league sooner rather than later. Paul George (pictured above) burst onto the national scene during last year’s playoffs, when he went basket-for-basket with Lebron James. Damian Lillard was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2013 after putting up 19 ppg while never missing a game. Lamarcus Aldridge, Roy Hibbert, Nick Batum… you’ve got to believe these two teams could be taking the torch from the Heat and Spurs very soon, if they haven’t already.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Saturday, 2 PM @ Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, IA

Can Michigan rebound from a loss to Indiana?

It’s the best college basketball matchup of the weekend, as #10 Michigan takes on #17 Iowa in Iowa City. The Wolverines took a beating from Indiana recently, but were about to best the Hawkeyes a few weeks ago in Ann Arbor. Iowa lost an overtime thriller to Michigan State, but have gotten back on track with a 81-74 win over the Illini. This game could have Big Ten title implications, and a win for the Wolverines will set the stage for a huge contest with the Spartans on March 6.