Mayweather vs. Maidana: El Chino Must Adjust Strategy to Compete with Money

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 28, 2014

Marcos Rene Maidana, right, lands a punch on Adrien Broner, left, during an WBA welterweight title bout, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Eric Gay

Marcos "El Chino" Maidana was impressive in his victory against Adrien Broner, displaying his power with hard body shots from both hands.

This time around, he fights one of the most elusive fighters to ever take the ring—pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather.

El Chino is a heavy-handed fighter and relies on devastating blows rather than avoiding contact and outmaneuvering his opponents.

That simply won't fly against Mayweather.

Tactics such as the shoulder roll and check hook, along with a lightning-fast jab, will allow Money to keep Maidana on his heels throughout the fight.

Simply put: El Chino won't have a chance if he intends to attack from inside the way he did against Broner.

Money has a great asset at his disposal in the form of one of boxing's greatest counter right hands. He pulls away, loads up on his back foot and delivers a powerful right that would wobble even the steel-chinned Maidana.

Not only is Mayweather a far more polished fighter than Maidana, but he isn't overlooking this fight, according to Santos A. Perez of the Miami Herald:

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. I think he's more confident now than he was when he faced the kid from St. Louis, Devon Alexander. So I think he's more ready and tough. If you have more confidence, it's going to make you fight harder.

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.

A strategy change is needed for El Chino.

Rest assured, Mayweather will be dancing around, throwing jabs at will. He may not damage Maidana too much, but he will frustrate and wear out his challenger.

Maidana looked at his best in the first few rounds against Broner—he displayed signs of fatigue later in the fight.

El Chino has to come on strong against Mayweather; however, he simply can't attack in the same manner. He needs to make smart, calculated strikes to keep up with Mayweather's accuracy.

If Maidana can work to Money's left side—Mayweather generally keeps his right hand in guard to protect against a left hook—he has a chance to penetrate the champion's defenses and land one of his devastating blows.

This will be easier said than done. After all, Maidana is a huge underdog for a reason.

Although, if El Chino can show patience, pick his spots and show aggressiveness in crucial situations, he could very well indeed go the distance and have a glimmer of a chance to force an improbable upset.