Coming into his match tonight against Marcos Maidana (35-3), Floyd Mayweather is listed as an incredible -1429 favorite over his knockout-minded opponent, and this estimation is right on.
We’ve heard this story before all too many times: a hard hitting pressure fighter claiming that they will be the one to wear down “Money” Mayweather and eventually land a big shot. Despite this seemingly logical strategy, no one has been able to land that shot on the 45-0 Mayweather, or has even come close for that matter.
Forward moving fighters like Ricky Hatton and Saul “Canelo” Alverez have attempted to employ this strategy against the legendary undefeated champion, but just as all who came before them they failed to dethrone Floyd.
Mayweather has made a career off of impeccable defense and making his opponent play his game. If you can’t hit Floyd Mayweather, which few can, he will dictate the pace and distance and pop you with stinging jabs and crosses from bell to bell, while you desperately punch at air.
Marcos Maidana’s high pressure style has the chance to catch Floyd off guard earlier and give “El Chino” some success before Mayweather adjusts, but unfortunately Maidana is typically a slow starter. In any match it’s only a matter of time before Mayweather starts to dissect his opponent and shut down his strategy, and the longer Maidana takes to get on his game the less likely he will ever get into the fight.
Maidana tends to get stronger as the fight goes on and while a great gas tank is invaluable, when pitted against a defensive master like Mayweather this skill becomes less of a factor, as by the middle to late rounds Mayweather has already formulated a plan to halt any further offensive output.
Mayweather’s fight IQ is off of the charts, and unless Maidana can catch him early, or if we finally see Floyd start to fade late, this seems like another tailor-made match up for the technical master to show off why he is still the best in the world.