Wednesday, 10 September 2014 16:39

Floyd Mayweather loses? Don’t be surprised...

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Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (35-4 31KO) was billed as “easy work” for pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather (46-0 26KO) when they first squared off in May.

But the fighter dubbed ‘El Chino’ had other ideas and had no intention of being just one more Mayweather statistic.

The hard-hitting Argentine showed no signs of intimidation against the cocky and brash champion. From the opening bell it was immediately apparent that Chino came to fight.

Entering that bout, Maidana had improved by ‘leaps and bounds’ under new trainer Robert Garcia. He had won four in a row with three coming via the knockout route.

He’d vanquished rugged Mexican veteran Jesus Soto-Karass, the always-scrappy Josesito Lopez and, most notably, a then-undefeated Adrien Broner who was being hailed as boxing’s next superstar.

After seeing Maidana plow through Broner, whose speed and style emulate Floyd’s, fans wondered if Chino could do the same against the genuine article, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

When the fight was confirmed, public still viewed it as a mismatch and few gave Maidana little more than a ‘puncher’s chance.’

Rounds 1-6
Maidana, like a ‘Little Bull of the Pampas,’ charged out of his corner throwing punches from all angles with bad intentions, seemingly attempting to maim his unbeaten foe with every punch he threw.

Mayweather looked human for the first time in years against the younger, stronger Argentine and arguably lost at least four or five of the first six rounds.


The Argentine pugilist refused to allow his foe to create the distance necessary to counter at-will, and kept Floyd at short range and uncharacteristically pitted against the ropes.

Sometimes a great offense is a great defense and Maidana’s relentless assault was keeping Floyd from being effective.

Thundering body shots hit Mayweather’s midsection before Chino’s overhand rights crashed down on Mayweather’s shaved head.


Chino was extremely active, proving he belonged in that ring with Floyd.

Mayweather suffered a cut from a head-butt in the fourth round, the first cut of his 18 years as a pro. Maidana had turned this fight into a pier-six style brawl early on, landing several low blows and employing other roughhouse tactics to frustrate Floyd and disrupt his rhythm.

Rounds 7-12
In the latter half of the fight, Chino started to tire and Mayweather began to make the necessary adjustments that would ultimately save the day for him. Mayweather landed sharp counters and was successful in setting traps for the rugged Argentine.

In the end and according to CompuBox, Maidana threw 858 total punches landing 221 (26%) while Mayweather threw only 426 punches but landed 230 punches (54%).

Maidana set the record for both punches thrown and landed against the very elusive Floyd Mayweather asnd was undoubtedly more active... But Floyd was much more accurate. Despite out-landing his foe by just 9 punches, Floyd’s shots appeared to be crisper and sharper.

The fight was officially scored a majority decision for Mayweather, 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114.

Many believe the bout was closer than what was reflected on the judges’ scorecards. Maidana had given Mayweather his toughest test in years and the public clamored for a rematch.

The return bout, which will take place Saturday, has created much anticipation among boxing fans.

There are several important questions going into this fight:

1) Has Mayweather gotten old overnight? Despite his accomplishments that evening, Floyd still looked every bit of his 37 years.

2) Can Floyd adjust in the rematch against Chino’s unpredictable, rugged and aggressive fighting style?

3) Can Maidana replicate his performance against such a dominant champion?

4) Will Chino do better or worse this time given his experience?


Will Mayweather lose for the first time? Fans will have to tune in to find out September 13th on Showtime Pay-Per-View starting at 8PM ET.
 

 

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