By Craig Pearson on May 1, 2014
Floyd Mayweather will put his unbeaten record on the line this Saturday night when he faces off against Argentine puncher Marcos Maidana. Just how much risk the unbeaten record is under is the real question though. Maidana has a big punch and can knock anybody out if he lands, but landing against Mayweather is something not a lot of fighters manage to do. Maidana has nothing to suggest he will be any different.
When Maidana beat Adrien Broner back in December last year, it was presumed Maidana had the remedy to the Mayweather shoulder roll, which Broner also employs. Maybe the Argentine can translate that success to a Mayweather fight, but that is not the case, as Mayweather and Broner are not as similar as they are perceived to be. Mayweather uses his legs much more than Broner does and will not be the stationary target Broner proved to be.
Maidana's stamina has been questioned in the past, and he seems to have a dip at some point or another in most fights. Maidana will get even more tired in this fight than normal, missing punch after punch. Mayweather is probably going to be winning the rounds where Maidana is in full attack mode, so the rounds where Maidana takes a break will simply compound his deficit on the scorecards even further.
Maidana doesn't have great foot speed, and it was never more apparent than in his fight against Devon Alexander, who won virtually every round. Mayweather will move around the ring in a similar manner to Alexander and it will yield pretty much the same results. Even against Amir Khan, when Khan decided to box instead of fight in certain rounds, the footwork and hand speed of Khan was clearly too much for Maidana to keep up with.
Seeing as Maidana will not have the footwork to get in close to Mayweather, it means he will rarely be in position to throw enough punches either. Broner does not move around the ring and simply allowed Maidana to walk inside on him in their fight, but that will not happen here. Maidana cannot outbox Mayweather and needs to throw as many punches as possible for a KO or just to try and outwork Mayweather -- if he can ever get close enough.
Maidana's best punches are his left hook and an overhand right, which does come at a strange angle, but Maidana will need more than just those to worry Mayweather. Maidana cannot match Mayweather for boxing IQ, will not get close enough to be aggressive, and just doesn't have enough tools in the toolbox overall to give Mayweather any surprises that he won't be able to deal with.
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