The biggest key for Floyd Mayweather in his fight against Marcos Maidana on Saturday?
Remember to show up.
That's not meant as a slight toward the Argentinian. The 30-year-old proved last time out that he can handle a defensive fighter when he knocked down Adrien Broner twice en route to an impressive unanimous-decision victory. But Money is on another level, and as long as he's focused, there's no one who can touch him right now.
The undefeated pound-for-pound champ has put on absolute clinics during his last couple of fights, and he will enter the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino as a massive favorite, per Odds Shark.
Still, while there is very little question Mayweather will be able to handle Maidana in what figures to be a lopsided fight, the champ needs to at least be careful with the dangerous opponent.
Maidana, who has 31 knockouts in his 35 career wins, laid out his plan for pulling the upset, via the Daily Mail's Jeff Powell:
We’re working on speed every day and I’m getting quicker. But it’s not all about that. I’m also training harder than ever before so I can keep the pressure on Mayweather. I have that one-punch KO power in both hands but I won’t only be going for the head.
Most of Floyd’s opponents have done that but his defence is so good. I will be putting some of my power into a lot more body shots than he usually gets.
No one expects "El Chino" to have any chance in this fight, and that makes him extremely dangerous. With absolutely nothing to lose, he's going to come after Mayweather with every bit of offense he has in his arsenal, and as we've seen, he possesses spectacular knockout power.
"We know we are in a tough fight," said Mayweather's advisor Leonard Ellerbe, via Yahoo! Sports' Martin Rogers. "When [Maidana] hits guys, they fall."
If Mayweather is ever going to lose a fight, it's not going to be because he gets outboxed. It's going to be because someone manages to land that one-in-a-thousand knockout punch.
And Maidana has the power and drive to do just that.
Nevertheless, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez presented a similar aggressive, offensive, powerful style that was supposed to challenge Mayweather's all-planet defense, and the champ made it look as though it was Alvarez's first time inside a ring. It was an all-round clinic from Money, and Canelo was brushed aside like so many others.
In the grand scheme of things, there is no one specific key for Mayweather to win this fight, because when it comes down to it, he is the far-and-away better boxer.
He simply needs to do what he has done his whole career. He needs to showcase that unwavering patience, that blinding quickness, that world-class defense and that unstoppable counterpunching ability.
It's as simple as that. He needs to box to his strengths, protect his body and frustrate the powerful Maidana into an uncomfortable fight. If he does that, he'll casually raise his arms after 12 rounds and be 46-0.