Mayweather – Maidana II: Beginning of the end or business as usual?
Back on May 3rd, Floyd Mayweather Jr defended his illustrious WBA and WBC Welterweight titles against hard-hitting Argentine Marcos Maidana. Whilst it wasn’t the fight the public asked for, it was to be one of the most entertaining fights that has included Mayweather in recent history. Most people expected another relatively arduous encounter, with Mayweather moving around the ring and countering off the back foot. Whilst there was times where his immense reflexes were on display, we saw Mayweather get caught flush an awful lot more than usual. Furthermore, we were treated to seeing Mayweather forced into trading on the inside for the first time in what feels like forever. To his credit, he battled very well and stood up to Maidana’s power. It had echoes of Mayweather’s previous fight with Castillo which was also a tightly contested battle (And another – including their own encounter and Maidana’s – that Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya believes Mayweather lost).
The contest went the entire 12 rounds with Mayweather deservedly getting the majority decision. Maidana is an exciting fighter, a great pressure fighter and has a puncher’s chance against anyone. Is he a top tier fighter? No. Is he a particularly skilled technician? No. So how was it that he was able to have such a close and visually enjoyable fight with Mayweather?
Floyd Mayweather Jr -1000
Marcos Maidana +550
(All odds provided by AllYouBet.ag are accurate as of today and subject to change)
It cannot be stressed enough how much styles make fights. Mayweather’s three closest fights (subjectively of course) have been against Castillo, De La Hoya and Maidana. Each one of those fighters is an expert at swarming their opponent and putting them under constant pressure. De La Hoya was obviously far more technically proficient in most areas than the other two, but in terms of style there are some comparisons to be drawn. Even Ricky Hatton caused Mayweather some grief initially, but was soundly outclassed by the end of the fight. Whilst it is clear that Mayweather struggles with pressure fighters, he has ultimately came out on top every time (by the judges scorecards at least).
It is entirely possible that Mayweather is starting to slow up a little, which allowed Maidana to have more success than he was entitled to. Mayweather’s head movement is the best in business, but an awful lot more of those overhand rights from Maidana got in than he would have liked. It’s a scrappy windmill of a swing, but it was getting through where many others have failed. To his credit, Mayweather’s chin withstood the power of Maidana’s (who boasts 31 KO’s from 39 fights). There was of course some controversy on the glove situation. Maidana wears a custom set of Everlast gloves which are built with the intention of projecting power. Mayweather refused to fight if Maidana was to use his standard gloves, so a compromise on non-custom Everlast gloves was suggested. This did little to dissuade Mayweather’s stance however, so Maidana was forced to use different gloves to those he trained with for the fight.
It’s likely that Mayweather signed the re-match believing he has worked out his way to a much easier victory against Maidana, with a more concise and effective game plan. Evidently, Maidana knows he can his Mayweather and thinks he can make those hard-swinging right hands count for a bit more. The smart money says this will be more like Castillo’s second match with Mayweather; a standard 12 round unanimous decision. However, Mayweather looked vulnerable last time out and can only remain athletically sharp for so long. If anyone is going to knock-out Mayweather, Maidana could be the man to do it.
Betting Instinct tip – Another points victory for Mayweather is -250 with Intertops.eu