Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana will square off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 3 May 2014. The fight pits the nous and streetwise of “Money” Mayweather against the raw, explosive power of “El Chino” Maidana in what looks set to be an intriguing bout.
Although Maidana is undoubtedly a rank outsider against his undefeated opponent, Mayweather insisted that he doesn’t expect this fight to be easy, especially after Maidana’s recent battering of Adrien Broner, per Dan Ambrose of BoxingNews24.com:
That boy is a tough opponent. I’m just mad what he did to Adrien Broner. I’m upset, but I’ve got to stay focused. You got to fight your way [to the top rather than talk]. Adrien Broner got out-hustled by Marcos Maidana. You can’t take nothing for granted.
With this hotly anticipated bout just around the corner, lets take a look at how this one looks set to pan out.
Maidana To Start Strongly
The Argentine is renowned for his dynamism in the ring, and his most pertinent weapon is power. Against Mayweather, Maidana will look to apply pressure early on in a manner comparable to when Floyd fought Ricky Hatton back in 2007.
Stylistically, Maidana is a similar fighter to Hatton, and the Brit was able to trouble Mayweather early on in that fight with intense pressure, giving his opponent no time to settle into any kind of rhythm. Unfortunately for Hatton, Mayweather clawed his way back into the contest, and the American’s class eventually shone through.
At 30 years old, Maidana should have the energy to jump on Floyd in those early rounds, and from his point of view, hopefully keep that pressure up a little longer than Hatton was able to. "El Chino" will start fast, looking to land big early blows and knock Mayweather out of his stride.
The longer the fight goes on, the less of a chance the Argentine has. His best chance, and arguably his only chance of victory, is to catch Mayweather on the hop in one of the opening rounds.
Mayweather Takes Control Mid-Fight
It’s all well and good having the power to trouble an opponent, but it’s rendered irrelevant unless you can catch him. Mayweather holds a great speed advantage over Maidana, and as soon as the Argentine drops the intensity by the tiniest amount, Mayweather will pounce.
Floyd doesn’t seem to be losing any speed as he gets older, either. In his previous fight against Saul Alvarez, Mayweather was much sharper than a man 14 years his junior, and although Alvarez was seen to have a significant power advantage going into the fight, he couldn’t get near the undefeated, five-weight world champion.
After an initial burst from Maidana, Mayweather will grow into this fight and pick his shots. He’ll weave his way around the Argentine’s blows with unnerving accuracy and timing. It’ll frustrate Maidana, and that’ll play right into Mayweather’s hands.
Mayweather To Win With Late Stoppage
When Maidana lost to Amir Khan in 2010, he really struggled to cope with the blistering speed of his opponent. Khan doesn’t harbour a reputation as the biggest puncher, but a barrage of body shots was enough to put “El Chino” down in the very first round. Speed is clearly something Maidana struggles with.
When Mayweather gets settled into this fight by finding those counterpunches and rapid combinations, it’ll be curtains for Maidana. Mayweather may not be quite as quick as Khan, but he’s much more accurate and packs a lot more power behind his shots.
That’s why I’m going for a late-stoppage win for “Money” Mayweather. Maidana is a certainly a capable opponent, and he certainly deserves this opportunity after the manner in which he pummelled Broner last time out. But Mayweather will ultimately be too quick, too clever and too classy for the Argentinian.