As Saturday's fight at the MGM Grand approaches, both fighters are finalizing their strategies in effort to provide the most opportune chance to emerge victorious.
Floyd Mayweather, the pound-for-pound king, may have it a bit easier than Marcos Maidana; however, he must still approach the fight with caution.
Maidana isn't known for his quickness or agility; although, he is known for a steel chin, heavy hands and a rugged fighting style.
It could be conceived Maidana's boxing style is the polar opposite of Mayweather's.
Money relies on his agility and nimble feet to avoid contact whenever possible. An accurate puncher, he likes to stick to the center of the ring, buzzing around opponents and landing a flurry of jabs.
Maidana, on the other hand, absorbs impact and uses a heavy jab and overhand right to punish opponents while standing toe-to-toe.
So, what strategy can Mayweather employ to ensure success?
That depends on how you define success.
If Mayweather is content with retaining his unblemished record by going the distance and allowing the fight to come to a decision, his strategy is rather simple.
All Money needs to do is keep the fight in the center of the ring, outmaneuver El Chino by using his quickness to avoid unnecessary contact and use his shoulder roll to counter his opponent's heavy shots.
This will allow Mayweather's superior endurance to eventually defeat his gassed opponent.
Although, if a knockout is on Mayweather's mind, a different strategy is necessary.
Money will need to use his counterpunching ability and exploit the heavy front foot of Maidana.
When El Chino lunges forward, he has a tendency to put the majority of his weight on his front foot, leaving him susceptible to a counterpunch.
This is Mayweather's forte.
Backing away from El Chino's strike, weighting up on his back foot and thrusting a big shot into his opponent's body or head will give Money the chance to end the fight before the 12th round concludes.
If Mayweather does use this strategy, he must be cautious.
A failed counter could leave Money open for a devastating blow from Maidana. Owning a tremendous amount of power, El Chino can change the fate of a fight with a single clean shot.
This means Mayweather needs to use his intelligence and pick his spots if he truly intends to take down Maidana early.
Money knows the threat El Chino poses, and he's not taking this fight lightly, according to an interview with Josh Slagter of MLive.com: "He's done something right if he's world champion. I try to prepare all around the board for anything that's coming my way. He's a special talent guy with 31 knockouts. It's obvious he's doing damage with both hands. I'm not trying to be in the way of those shots."
Even though Mayweather is the huge favorite, nothing is ever a certainty in the boxing world. He must come in with a sound strategy and execute it flawlessly to avoid a catastrophic upset.
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