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Prizefight Preview: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2

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Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Time to gear up 3MR readers because its fight night tomorrow night live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Marcos Maidana with the welterweight and super-welterweight titles on the line live on Showtime Pay Per View.

‘Mayhem’ represents the second meeting in four months between Mayweather and Maidana.

Some skeptics see it as an easy night for Mayweather, some question Mayweather’s legs at this point in his 18 year career, and others question how much Maidana can bring to the table in the later rounds, but all can agree that the next scheduled 36 minutes or less is a must see event.

So let’s get it on!

EXPERIENCE

This factor is 100% in Mayweather’s back pocket. The veteran has been there and done that in the ring, with absolutely nothing new left to see or experience in the ring for the Las Vegas native. Maidana is clearly outmatched in this department.

Advantage: Mayweather.

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SPEED

This is another bracket where it would seem easy to pencil in the defending champion. While the hand speed hasn’t been a topic, it’s the 37 year olds legs that bring up a topic for debate. However, while Mayweather has seemed to fight more flat footed in his previous fights, the ability to move away from his opponents punches enough to not be hit cleanly, as well as no official knockdowns being registered against Mayweather, alongside yet another stellar looking training camp and its clear the leg issue is just smoke and mirrors.

Advantage: Mayweather.

INTANGIBLES

There can be no denying that Mayweather has seen it all and done it all, and he is citing his ability to be able to adjust mid-fight to be the key to his success in the lead up to bout II. Maidana also has experience in this department with his wily punches and unorthodox style, one not seen and often effective in fight I.

Advantage: Even.

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POWER

In 2011 Mayweather gave a one-two to a hands down Victor Ortiz. Prior to that, you have to turn the clock back to 2007 to find Mayweather’s last KO victory, a nice one-punch check hook to the jaw of Ricky Hatton. Maidana, however, bring the punch to the party, registering three stoppage wins and two knockdowns of Adrien Broner in his last five fights with a total of 31 KO’s in 35 career wins.

Advantage: Maidana.

TRAINERS

For a majority of his career uncle Roger has donned the punch pads and been the major presence in Mayweather’s corner. Maidana has no slouch in Trainer of the Year winner Robert Garcia, so both have high-quality chief-seconds.

Advantage: Even.

So there you have it folks, looks like Mayweather has what it takes to once again beat Maidana, but the only way to know for sure is to tune in, because on Saturday night, itsss Shooowwwwtimeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

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