Time & time again, boxing fans eager to see Floyd Mayweather Junior lose have paid $50+ only to see him come out victorious, usually in dominating fashion. On May 3rd, Mayweather is set to face one of the hardest hitting punchers he has stepped in with thus far in Marcos “El Chino” Maidana. After his last victory in September of Canelo Alvarez, most figured the welterweight division was empty of viable opponents for “Money.” However, Maidana has won his last four bouts, including a December win over Adrien Broner, that caught Mayweather’s attention. Still, many wonder if the May 3rd fight is destined to be the same old story, with Mayweather eluding the fist of his opponent for 12 rounds on his way to winning by points. The question begs: Does Maidana have a chance?
Most would say that any fighter has a punchers chance. Even this possibility is hard to fathom when talking about an opponent for Mayweather’s crafty defense. That along with the fact that anyone who thought Alvarez had a shot at beating Mayweather back in December figured he would over power the reigning pound for pound champion. However, Canelo rarely connected, & was often hit in a majority decision loss (only majority due to notoriously bad judge C.J. Ross). Maidana, like Canelo, is powerful. The difference is, Maidana has typically relied on his power to push him to victory.
Most recently, Maidana knocked down Broner twice with vicious shots, the first one that staggered Broner mightily. One might not call his performance against Broner dominant, though he did win unanimously. So why would one even hold out optimism for a victory over Mayweather? Perhaps the intangible fearlessness that Maidana has, or perhaps he has added an element of speed. There is certainly no great thrill in Mayweather’s choice of opponent, but save the fact that Maidana does in fact have a chance.
Unlike Canelo, Marcos Maidana will step in head first against his opponents. Having less athleticism than many other fighters, Maidana walks straight ahead & swings. His bout against Broner initially looked like it would be a work of art for the two, until they both let their form go & swung for the fences. While many swing and miss when it comes to Mayweather, hard hitters who have gone forward have had some success against him. Miguel Cotto, Victor Ortiz, & Shane Mosley all made some solid contact on Mayweather when they simply went after him & did not try to outbox him. There is little thought that Maidana will be attempting to outbox Mayweather on May 3rd. While the likelihood for a Maidana victory is considered low, we know he certainly has a punchers chance; perhaps even a very powerful punchers chance.