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Maidana looking to throw 100 punches per round against Mayweather

By Allan Fox: Former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) will be looking to overwhelm WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) next month by throwing over 100 punches per round for 12 rounds.

That’s Maidana’s goal for the fight, according to El Sig Glo. He wants to keep Mayweather so busy covering up and trying to block punches that he never gets a chance to get his own offense in gear.

In their previous fight last May, Maidana threw over 90 punches per round in the early part of the fight, but then he faded considerably in the second have and saw his punch output drop off. But now in training camp Maidana is working on his conditioning so that he won’t fade like he did last time.

To be sure, it will be difficult for Mayweather to handle Maidana if he does end up averaging over 100 punches thrown per round. That’ll mean that Mayweather is standing stationary long enough for Maidana to throw that many shots.

It’ll also be very difficult for Mayweather to have moments to get his own shots in because Maidana will be a virtual punching machine from start to finish of every round. Even if Mayweather were to block 80% of the shots Maidana throws, he’ll still wind up getting hit hard 20 times in each round.

It would work out to Maidana landing over 200 punches in the fight, and that’s a conservative estimate. If he lands more than 20% of his shots, he could wind up connecting on over 300 punches. That’s a winning formula for Maidana. If he connects with over 300 hard punches, it’s going to make it awfully difficult for Mayweather to be able to outland him and get a points decision.

Mayweather is going to need to somehow stay on the move for as much as possible in every round, because if he stands still for very long, he’s going to get overwhelmed with shots from Maidana. I don’t know that Mayweather has the ability to match Maidana punch for punch if he’s throwing 100 punches in a round.

That seems beyond Mayweather’s capability. But Mayweather can take away Maidana’s offense if he can stay on the move and not let Maidana get set to get his shots off. That’s really the best way of beating Maidana unless Mayweather wants to tie him up 10+ times per round the way that Devon Alexander did in beating Maidana in 2012.

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