To say Maidana is an underdog may be the understatement of the year. After all, Mayweather is a 1-11 favorite, according to OddsShark.com.
A successful title defense and a continuing undefeated record seem likely for the champion.
Sure, Mayweather may be an enormous favorite, but both fighters have weaknesses. Each must be weary of his opponent, as one misstep could result in a swift conclusion to the fight.
At the age of 37, Mayweather is still one of the quickest fighters to take the ring. Maidana, although not as quick, is heavy handed and has the potential to turn the tide of the bout with one solid connection.
As the highly anticipated fight approaches, let's take a look at the biggest concerns for each fighter.
What can really be said about Mayweather that hasn't been said before? He is the pound-for-pound king, and his unblemished record backs up that notion.
Yes, it's unlikely Maidana will put an end to Mayweather's reign; however, the champ needs to stay focused and remain cautious against his upcoming opponent.
Mayweather may enter this fight with a slight hint of resentment for Maidana. After all, the Argentine's latest victory came in an upset over Mayweather's protege Adrien Broner.
The relationship between Mayweather and Broner may be a bit dicey at times; although, if Mayweather does look to avenge his friend in the ring, it may blind him to the task at hand.
Maidana is known to be rough, jagged and heavy hitting. If the champ goes into a frenzy and fails to maintain his composure, all it could take is one solid connection from the challenger to make this bout quickly spiral out of control.
Despite the odds severely against Maidana, rest assured he'll come in well-prepared. He already knows hes the underdog, and according to an interview with David Mayo of MLive.com, he's very familiar with this situation:
"I've been an underdog my whole life. I was the underdog against Adrien Broner and Victor Ortiz and you saw what happened. I won. I am the underdog again in this fight, but I earned the right to the fight."
Concerns for Maidana may be slightly easier to express. After all, he's about to face boxing royalty.
At 30 years of age, Maidana certainly has youth on his side; however, Mayweather hasn't lost much speed or agility over the years and is still one of the boxing's quickest fighters.
Going toe-to-toe with Mayweather will be a tall task for Maidana, who is known more for his hard-nosed style and pummeling blows than his gracefulness in the ring.
Maidana has struggled against quicker fighters with superior height and reach of late. He lost to Amir Khan in 2010 and to Devon Alexander in 2012—both fighters with reaches of at least 70".
Mayweather's reach is 72".
Shifty fighters who can keep Maidana at arm's length and take advantage of his 69" reach have a big advantage over the Argentine.
Mayweather not only fits that mold but is far more talented than the aforementioned fighters.
I know Maidana is going to come and bring his best, so I know that I cannot overlook him, so I'm in training every day and dedicating myself. We cannot overlook the guy. I can't just say he's going to be an easy fight because he’s not going to be an easy fight for me.
Mayweather will be looking to add another victory to his flawless 45-0 record May 3. If Maidana cannot get past the champ's reach and deliver a few decisive blows, that's exactly what will happen.
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