To many, Saturday night’s welterweight unification bout between the sport’s top fighter, Floyd Mayweather, and WBA welterweight champion, Marcos Maidana, will be nothing more than another futile attempt at blemishing the unmarked record of Floyd Mayweather. It may indeed turn out to be just that, and if it does, it would be nothing more than Floyd once again making a world-class opponent seem ordinary. However, the man with the highest KO percentage among any of the title holders in the welterweight division, is Marcos Maidana. Floyd Mayweather, despite showing no signs of slowing down, is now 37 years old. Could it be that Maidana’s chances are being undersold?
Back in 2002, when Floyd Mayweather was a lightweight, he fought the champion of the division, Jose Luis Castillo. Castillo would give Mayweather the toughest 12 rounds of his career. Mayweather would pull out a disputed decision, and take the lightweight crown from Castillo. Marcos Maidana’s trainer told me “The game plan is do to what Castillo did. We have to be prepared to throw a 100 punches a round.” Perhaps one of the sport’s finest trainers in Robert Garcia, is designing an effective game plan.
Floyd Mayweather Sr disagreed when I told him of Garcia’s comments stating, “Look man, one fighter can’t fight the same way another fighter did. Floyd ain’t the fighter he was then that he is now anyway.” Both highly esteemed trainers know what they are talking about. It will be interesting to see whether Mayweather Sr or Garcia will have devised a better game plan.
Back to the fighters themselves, Mayweather and Maidana. Mayweather is by far, the supremely more gifted fighter between the two. Mayweather’s craft is also light years ahead of Maidana’s. Maidana is obviously the bigger puncher, and would seem to have a slight edge in strength over Mayweather. With Mayweather’s huge advantages in speed and defense, it will be very hard for Maidana to connect.
For Maidana to have any chance at landing his blows on Mayweather, he will indeed have to throw around a 100 punches around. As well as sustain that pace for twelve rounds, and take Mayweather’s precise punches all night long. Needless to say, Maidana has one hell of an uphill climb on his hands. If Maidana’s previous exploits are any indication as to what kind of effort “El Chino” will put forth Saturday night, then you can bet your life on it that Maidana will, at the very least give it his all.
Ultimately, I do believe Marcos Maidana will surpass the majority’s expectations of him. Maidana may not be able to take Floyd life and death, through 12 back and forth rounds. He will though, give a good account of himself and show he was deserving of a shot at Mayweather. In the end, when Jimmy Lennon Jr announces Floyd Mayweather the victor by a clear margin, we will once again have just viewed the best fighter of this generation beating yet another good opponent.
BRB’s FINAL PREDICTION: FLOYD MAYWEATHER, VIA LATE ROUND TKO.