Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the much anticipated match up between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana will take place as Mayweather looks to keep his undefeated record intact.
Before those two square off, though, there is a stacked undercard featuring some talented fighters that will also hit the ring.
Here’s a look at the advertised undercard as it stands just hours before bell time:
J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban
Adrien Broner vs. Carlos Molina
Amir Kahn vs. Luis Collazo
These three fights are sure to produce a lot of action prior to Mayweather and Maidana taking to the ring to square off in their battle, even though the main event almost never ended up taking place.
Late Friday night after the weigh-ins, there was some controversy over the type of gloves that Maidana was looking to use, and for a few hours there was some word that the fight would be called.
But after some compromising, everything will go on as planned, and it all starts with this tremendous undercard which you can follow along with live below when the action starts at 9 PM ET Saturday night:
Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1) vs. J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs)
Round 1: Both fighters come out feeling each other out. Love using the footwork and stiff jabs to the body early and throughout the round. Periban looks busted open after a stiff shot to the nose, and the round ends with the two trading blows.
Round 2: The cut on Periban’s face looks like it keeps getting worse and Love starts the onslaught. Periban still doing a good job with the jabs and fighting his way out of trouble, but Love’s are just a little better in these first two rounds.
Round 3: Periban gets all over Love early in the round, getting him against the ropes and landing an onslaught. Love gets his way out and lands two more jabs to that already busted nose of Periban. Periban connects with some more shots and Love fights his way off the ropes once again. Periban most certainly took that round, but he seems to be tiring just a bit from all the punches he’s tossed already.
Round 4: Love comes looking for those body jabs early, but Periban is doing a little better job of blocking them at this point. Periban hits the triple jab to Love’s face and Love counters back with two of his own.
Round 5: Periban lands another flurry of punches early with Love up against the ropes. Periban lands a HUGE right hand and gets Love in trouble on the ropes. The punishment continues around the ring as Periban continues to pummel Love and he goes down eventually. The ref lets him back up and Periban lands a few more hooks. The round ends with Love still in it. Referee should maybe have stopped the action there.
Round 6: The two men start the round off trading punches in the far corner, with Periban getting the best of the exchange. Love seems to have shaken the cob webs from the beating in the last round. Love goes back to trying to establish the jab like earlier in the fight. The cut on the eye of Periban gets opened up even more and Love targets it as the round comes to a close.
Round 7: The cut above Periban’s eye just seems to keep worsening, making it a bullseye for Love going forward. Love is completely in control of this one now, just a few rounds after he probably should have been out.
Round 8: Not much action in this round as Periban now is just worried about protecting the face while Love continually tries to set the jab up.
Round 9: Periban lands a few to start, but Love is getting progressively better with the jabs as the fight goes on. The bleeding over Periban’s eye is getting worse and Love is going right after it with only one more round to go.
Round 10: Periban comes out tossing jabs in the final round. Love is still trying to get a hold of the cut on Periban’s eye, but he can’t quite get in there. The blood is absolutely pouring from the eye at this point, but Periban is the most active that he’s been in the last few rounds. With 30 seconds left in the round the two begin to trade blows right up until the final bell.
Winner: J’Leon Love via unanimous decision
Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs) vs. Adrien Broner (27-1-1 NC, 22 KOs)
Round 1: Molina comes out with a flurry for Broner early on. Things quickly slow down between the two as they trade jab attempts. Broner controlled a good majority of the first round after the early onslaught from Molina.
Round 2: Broner gets the upper hand early with some quick shots, showing off the speed, but Molina gets out of the trouble. Molina connects with some stiff rights to Broner. As the round comes to a close, Molina connects a few more to the upper body of Broner.
Round 3: The action stops as Broner takes down Molina and gets reprimanded by the referee. Molina gets right back into landing the shots to Broner. They go back to feeling each other out with each landing jabs in the center of the ring. Molina lands a huge left hook with under a minute to go in the round.
Round 4: The two traded blows once again throughout, with Molina getting the better of it near the end once again. Molina definitely doing a better job of finishing.
Round 5: Broner lands some hooks early in the middle of the ring. With under a minute to go, Broner lands a few combinations to knock Molina off a bit. Broner then starts taunting Molina with 10 seconds to go and he gets a warning from the ref as the round comes to a close.
Round 6: Molina comes out very active as opposed to Broner who is taking his time. Broner lands a short, hard right cross with near a minute to go in the round and follows that up with a right to the body. For the rest of the round, they trade jabs to finish things out.
Round 7: This round was slower than the previous ones with both landing some more jabs to the body and Molina a small shot to the head of Broner before the round shut down.
Round 8: The two trade some more right hands in the middle of the ring throughout.
Round 9: With about 1:20 to go in the round, Molina misses on a right and Broner extends his arms out with more taunting. He keeps trying to bait him throughout. The round ends with Molina grabbing Broner on the top of the head and Broner countering with a right.
Round 10: To start the final round, Broner goes right to the jab. Molina has been trying to get a quick flurry going the last few rounds, even in this one, but he can’t get it started. Broner lands some shots to the head with about a minute to go. Once the ten second sound hits, the two battle it out to end the fight.
Winner: Adrien Broner via unanimous decision
Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) vs. Amir Khan (26-3, 19 KOs)
Round 1: In his first fight at this weight class, Khan comes out and lands some rights after about a minute and a half in. With about 15 seconds to go in the opening round, Khan lands a few more rights to the head and was fully in control early.
Round 2: Khan is just simply dominating with the right hands so far. But he eventually shows the versatility with the left hook. Collazo hits a left to the body as the round comes to a close, but Khan looks good early here.
Round 3: Khan is doing a good job of moving around the ring and keeping the fight at his pace. The action slows down throughout and the round comes to a close.
Round 4: Khan knocks down Collazo right after the bell rings. He then goes right to work as soon as Collazzo gets up off the mat. Collazo eventually mounts a short comeback before the two separate again. Collazo then gets the upper hand with near a minute to go. This has definitely been the best round for Collazo.
Round 5: The two go toe-to-toe in the center of the ring right after the bell, but they were broken up by the referee when Collazo went for an illegal shot and the ref reprimanded him. Collazo, at this point, is trying to bully Khan. Collazo is again reprimanded for holding the arm.
Round 6: Not much action in this round as the two just traded a few blows until the bell.
Round 7: Collazo lands a double jab early. Khan lands a solid right to the face of Collazo with just under two minutes to go in the round. Khan lands another solid combination with 30 seconds to go. The seventh round ends with the two jaw-jacking at one another.
Round 8: Collazo with another low blow to start the round right off! The ref pulls them apart. Khan then sticks a jab to the face and follows with the right hand. Collazo keeps trying to get into the head of Khan with the hugging tactic. Collazo then hits a huge left and Khan holds on again and is told by the ref that he’s close to being docked a point. He actually hugs again and the ref does indeed dock him that point.
Round 9: Khan comes out firing with the rights early. He lands some combinations, but Collazo comes right back with a few of his own. They trade blows to end the round.
Round 10: This was far and away the best round for Khan as he knocked down Collazo twice!
Rounds 11 and 12: Khan was able to do just enough and land the punches necessary to walk out with the win.
Winner: Amir Khan via unanimous decision