Maidana thinks Canelo and Guerrero were afraid of Mayweather
(Photo credit: Idris Erba) By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) isn’t willing to give Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) full credit for his wins over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in 2013 for some reason. Rather than admitting that Mayweather did a great job of beating Canelo and Guerrero due to his boxing skills being too much for them to handle, Maidana says he thinks Mayweather beat them because they might been afraid of him.
They didn’t fight at the top of their game because they were simply too afraid of Mayweather because of his legend rather than who he actually was. Maidana says the reason he did so well against Mayweather because he showed him no respect and went right at him.
“I think it’s a little bit of the intimidation factor,” said Maidana to Fighthubtv.com. “I think they [Canelo and Guerrero] might have been intimidated. I can’t say for sure. But for me, I had no respect for him [Mayweather]. I just went at him.”
I don’t buy what Maidana says as the real reason why he was effective against Mayweather. I think it was a combination of Maidana fouling wildly in a way that Mayweather had never seen or experienced before, and the fact that he stood in one place for most of the fight making it easy for Maidana to get his shots off. Maidana still missed badly like a drunken man with Mayweather’s feet firmly planted directly in front of him.
Maidana connected on just a little more than 20% of his shots, meaning he was only landing every 2 of 10 punches thrown. Maidana’s poor accuracy made it virtually impossible for him to win the fight because there was no three judges that was going to give Maidana a win where he was missing by a mile with almost every punch he threw in the fight. That kind of thing might have worked for Canelo against Erislandy Lara, but it wasn’t going to work against Mayweather.
Maidana didn’t get the full treatment from Mayweather that Guerrero and Canelo did in terms of fighting someone who was focusing on trying not to get hit. Mayweather chose to fight Maidana in an engaging style, and that’s the only reason why Maidana was able to connect on some of his shots. But when they face each other on September 13th, fans will see the difference with Mayweather looking to clown Maidana this time instead of staying home to box him.
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