Floyd Mayweather knows that his body of undefeated work is truly under threat in the form of Mexican Marcos Maidana (38-4 31 KO’s). As a matter of fact, he very nearly lost his championship and undefeated record in their first fight this past May, pulling out a majority decision. Now in their Saturday rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Floyd will have to bring a different approach from their first tussle. Floyd now knows how difficult Marcos can be.
“This fight is about the sport of boxing. Fans wanted to see this fight. They like to see excitement.” Mayweather explained.
“Why not do it again? Maidana is a hard worker who is coming to fight. My job is to be patient and smart and to entertain”
In their first fight, Mayweather (46-0 26 KO’s) was patient but Maidana made it entertaining. The overhand rights and body shots and underated defense that conquered four straight opponents and ending with Adrien Broner, a Mayweather clone, handing him his first loss, nearly shocked Floyd. Raul Marquez, one of four Mexican World champions who had a roundtable discussion about Maidana was one of many inspired by “El Chino” performance in the first fight.
He made all Latinos proud. He stood in front of Mayweather like true Mexican champions do.
Mayweather, who has carved out a tremendous career, far surpassing all the accomplishments of the entire Mayweather clan combined, will be looking to clarify a disputed win for the first time since his two duels with Jose Raul Castillo in 2002, the closest he ever came to defeat.
After 11 World Championships in five divisions, Mayweather has always been good at adjustments. The unusual sight of him fighting anothers fight may have been a clue that the slow decline is about to come to a head. Maidana has only to duplicate the pressure he placed and continue to use his unusual punching angles even more this time if he is to score the upset of the Boxing ages.