Floyd Mayweather is one of boxing's most complete fighters.
Money is lightning quick, uses his reach well, maintains great defense and makes very intelligent decisions in the ring.
Needless to say, Marcos Maidana will have his hands full on May 3.
Throughout Mayweather's storied career, there have been some occasions on which the champ has been wobbled and become frustrated. These moments have been few and far between, yet they have happened.
Mayweather has been prone to effective jabbers in the past, and Maidana has improved greatly in this department recently.
That was well on display during his fight against Adrien Broner in December. A heavy-handed fighter, Maidana can do some serious damage with his jab, allowing his body's momentum to carry him into the connection.
Many fighters use their jab as more of a probing shot; however, Maidana has the ability and strength to hurt opponents with it.
El Chino will have to establish his jab early against Mayweather in an attempt to get the champ off balance and get him against the ropes. From there, Maidana can use the power from both of his hands with a good variety of punches to penetrate Mayweather's defenses.
Maidana knows he's a huge underdog, and that will lead to a high level of aggressive fighting against Mayweather. During an interview with David Mayo of MLive.com, Maidana expressed his familiarity 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."
Although Maidana is a bit heavy-footed at times, he has tremendous stamina and durability.
Mayweather will certainly be able to find open shots due to his superior movement, but the champ doesn't have the power to take the tough-as-nails Maidana down quickly.
Maidana will have to attack Mayweather in the same manner as he did Broner to remain competitive in this bout.
Due to El Chino's durability, this fight could certainly come down to a decision. Mayweather is a far more accurate puncher than Maidana, but if El Chino can land some heavy jabs to wobble the champ, he'll have a slight chance.
Mayo also spoke with Maidana's trainer Robert Garcia, who had a slightly optimistic view of his fighters chances against Mayweather:
"Mayweather is the best and has been on top for many years. He may be the best pound-for-pound boxer in history. He has done so many great things. But just because you're the best doesn't mean you can't lose. Ali lost. Sugar Ray Leonard lost."
Can Maidana defeat Mayweather? Certainly. Will he? Probably not. However, if he comes in with the right game plan, he can absolutely make this fight closer than many have anticipated.
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