Floyd "Money" Mayweather has been essentially untouchable over the course of his professional boxing career, and that will continue with a victory over Marcos "El Chino" Maidana on May 3.
With a perfect record of 45-0, Mayweather is the gold standard in boxing. Everyone wants a shot at him since there is a ton of money involved in taking on Mayweather, but nobody has been able to crack the code.
It can be argued that Mayweather isn't the most exciting boxer in the world; however, he is willing to do whatever it takes to win. He is incredibly quick, he is better than anyone defensively, and he has deceptive power when the opportunity presents itself.
In many ways, the only person who can beat Mayweather is Mayweather himself. He is so far superior to the competition that he runs the risk of getting bored or complacent. Based on his comments leading up to the Maidana fight, though, that won't be an issue.
According to David Mayo of MLive.com, Mayweather isn't taking anything for granted, and he isn't allowing outside chatter to impact his outlook.
"I try to focus on just Floyd. I don't try to focus on nobody else," Mayweather said. "I feel people tend to stumble, trip and make a lot of mistakes when they tend to worry about other things instead of focusing on themselves."
Mayweather is so talented that it may seem as though things come naturally to him. That may be the case, but he also happens to be one of the best-prepared boxers in the business. Mayweather seemingly always has a blueprint, and that is no different this time around.
Per Golden Boy Promotions on Twitter, Mayweather Promotions chief executive officer Leonard Ellerbe claims that Mayweather has been training with boxers who have skill sets similar to Maidana's:
Of course, Mayweather is no stranger to going up against big punchers, so he knows what to expect when he faces Maidana. On the other hand, Maidana has had some strong opponents in the past, but nobody measures up to Mayweather.
Even so, Maidana's trainer, Robert Garcia, believes that his fighter presents a new challenge to Mayweather as opposed to other power fighters whom Mayweather has defeated in the past, according to Lem Satterfield of The Ring:
I guess that it's true about those who have tried to come forward against Floyd. But the fact is that Floyd never has faced a fighter with the power and the heart and the determination of Maidana, who is one of those guys who is not worried about who is front of him. He's not worried about fighting the best fighter in the world, or the best fighter in history.
If Maidana truly has that mentality, then it will be interesting to see how he handles Mayweather once the bell rings. Even though Garcia said that Maidana intends to go after Mayweather, he also admitted that there will be some caution involved:
That seems to suggest that there are conflicting ideas within Maidana's camp in terms of how to best approach this fight. The fact of the matter is that nobody truly holds the key to the mint when it comes to figuring out Mayweather.
Maidana may have some big ideas, but carrying them out is easier said than done. Mayweather's past opponents have thrown everything at him, but Mayweather always finds a way to control the pace of the fight and throw guys off their game.
It is true that Maidana is coming off an impressive win over a Mayweather-esque fighter in Adrien Broner, but there is no possible way to simulate a fight with Mayweather without actually facing him.
The only real worry for Mayweather is Maidana potentially catching him with a one-hit wonder. Of Maidana's 35 wins, 31 of them have come by way of knockout. He is perfectly capable of ending a fight in the blink of an eye, and Mayweather has to be cognizant of that.
Mayweather never seems to have mental lapses, and that toughness will serve him well against Maidana.
Maidana is the type of fighter who attacks mistakes that are made by his opponents, but Mayweather simply doesn't make mistakes. As long as Mayweather stays true to himself on May 3, a 46-0 record is basically a foregone conclusion.
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