Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. is not Adrien "The Problem" Broner. Let's get that out of the way from the beginning.
Marcos Rene "El Chino" Maidana's success against Broner means nothing as we move toward his showdown with Mayweather.
Money is too fast, sharp defensively, poised and smart to be bedeviled by Maidana's onslaught.
Why use Broner as a jump-off? Two reasons.
On the strength of Maidana's dynamic win over Broner, El Chino has earned the opportunity to challenge Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3.
Secondly, many people like to compare Broner to Mayweather.
Both are flamboyant. And there's also the variation of the shoulder roll defensive technique The Problem has used, and Mayweather has made a signature of his success.
Essentially that's where the likenesses end.
The two are even different in their loose similarities. Both are flashy, but in a different manner.
The lyrics of one of the most underrated MCs in hip hop history comes to mind when comparing Mayweather and Broner's persona.
The great AZ said: "See me I'm just as foul as ya, but you ain't got no style in ya." (Explicit language)
In some ways, that sounds like a conversation Money might have—or has already had—with The Problem.
Per Ernest Gabion of Everlast, Maidana felt he had to silence The Problem's bragging and boasting.
"I had a responsibility to the public to shut him up" - Maidana— Ernest Gabion (@eaner0919) April 20, 2014
Broner haters likely became life-long Maidana fans in Dec. 2013.
Does Mayweather have his share of haters? Sure he does.
But he knows when and where to clown. When he steps in the ring, he's all business. When he trains, he's a machine. He has mastered the art of self promotion and preparation.
Broner is still learning in both areas. There's a different level of respect for Mayweather among fighters than there is for Broner.
Heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis said this about Mayweather:
.@FloydMayweather in my opinion isn't scared of ANYONE! He is the best there is plain and simple. Ask Ortiz, Marquez, Alvarez, or Guerero!— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) April 13, 2014
You won't see or hear many fighters speak this way about Broner—at least not yet.
The respect for Mayweather is mostly about his accomplishments, but not entirely. Some of it has to do with professionalism.
Maidana took advantage of Broner's lack of preparedness when they met. He jumped on The Problem early and had him solved by the end of the night.
There have been a few opponents that threatened to break the bank against Money. But by the fourth round, he'd changed the combination to the locks.
By the end of the fight, the opponent was the one left bankrupt. Figuratively speaking, of course.
Zab Judah, Sugar Shane Mosley and Jose Luis Castillo (first fight) all had their moments early against Mayweather. But the pound-for-pound champion took the shots (or dodged them) from these fighters and earned the decision win in each case.
Mayweather can handle an early rush from Maidana. But what will El Chino do when Money adjusts?
Broner did try to pick up the pace late, but Maidana's body work and crushing power shots had taken his legs. That won't happen to Mayweather.
Broner tries to employ the shoulder roll, but we've learned by watching the likes of Andre Berto and Broner, it's not the technique, it's the man performing it.
Berto was tagged repeatedly using the style when he fought Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero in 2011. Guerrero battered Berto and scored the biggest win of his career.
Guerrero used that victory to vault himself into a fight with Mayweather. What happened in that fight? Money made easy work of The Ghost.
Broner ate a plethora of hard shots from Maidana in his problematic meeting with the rugged Argentine.
And now we have this lopsided matchup.
Mayweather will dazzle Maidana with majestic footwork early. He'll use the lead right hands, space-keeping jabs to the head and stomach, and tons of head movement to break Maidana mentally.
By the seventh round, Maidana's face will show the wear from Mayweather's shots.
Late in the fight—if his hands hold up—Mayweather will try to stop Maidana.
If it sounds like I'm implying Maidana won't have much to say about the outcome of this fight, it's because he won't.
At best, Maidana has a slim puncher's chance to shock the world.
Is Mayweather beatable? Of course.
Every great fighter has a nemesis. Maidana just isn't that guy for Money.
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