Maidana’s power gives him a chance to beat Mayweather, says Martinez
By Allan Fox: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) has the power in his two fists to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in their Showtime pay-per-view fight on May 3rd, according to Sergio Martinez. He knows what Maidana is capable of doing if he can connect with his big punches from watching many of his past fights, and he thinks he could pull off a major upset against the Broner-like Mayweather Jr.
“Maidana has two bricks in his hands and all the chances to win,” Sergio said to Inforegion.com.ar.
Maidana has that recent win over Adrien Broner to give boost his confidence, but we’re probably going to find out how much different Mayweather is compared to Broner on May 3rd when Maidana faces the real McCoy and not someone that has copied his style the way that Broner has.
In fairness to Maidana, he does have a chance against Mayweather in this fight, but only if he cuts off the ring, and throws massive amounts of punches in each round. Maidana can’t fade like he did in the Broner fight and expect that he’s won enough rounds to get a decision. Maidana piled up a lot of rounds in the first 8 rounds to cruise to a 12 round unanimous decision against Broner, but he’s going to need to be able to put in a more consistent effort against Mayweather to get a win.
Martinez seems to be assuming that Maidana will be able to knock Mayweather out, because he’s taking about him having bricks in his hands. Scoring a knockout against Mayweather is going to be next to impossible for Maidana, because the only way that happens is if Mayweather plants his feet and fights in a stationary manner the same way that Broner did.
It goes without saying that Mayweather isn’t going to attempt to do that. He might try and mix it up with Maidana in the first round, but the first time that Mayweather tastes the Argentinian’s power, he’s going to back off and become elusive for the remainder of the fight and not let Maidana lay a glove on him.
Mayweather is almost impossible to hit when he’s fighting defensively and a guy like Maidana is made for him. Mayweather’s lost some speed over the years, but not nearly enough for a fighter like Maidana to be able to put hands on him on a regular basis unless Mayweather chooses to fight his type of fight like he did against Miguel Cotto. Mayweather learned his lesson from his hard fight against Cotto, and he’s not going to give a guy with almost as much power like Maidana a chance to land his power shots.
In some ways, Maidana is even more dangerous than Cotto was because Maidana’s punches sometimes land to the back of the head. If you watch his fight against Broner last December, you’ll notice that Maidana was hitting Broner a lot of the time in the back of the head. That kind of fighter is dangerous even for Mayweather, and that’s why he could be a tougher fight for Mayweather if he doesn’t stay on the move and not be tempted to trade with him.