By Niall Doran
When the fight was announced I have to say I was a little bit dejected. Certainly not because Maidana did not deserve it, which I believe he certainly did instead of Amir Khan purely on merit, but because I fear his fighting style could make him shark bate for the pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather.
Styles that have and have not given Floyd problems in the past
Will the Maidana fighting style realistically trouble Mayweather? In short, I don’t think so. If you look at Floyd’s last few of opponents in Canelo, Guerrero and Ortiz, neither of them really had either the speed of hand or foot to close the distance down against the ridiculously good defence of Mayweather.
Take guys who have pushed Mayweather in the past like Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Hatton (granted just for the first 4 rounds), Castillo, etc. They all had some bit of foot speed and hand speed needed to put Floyd under pressure, which in my opinion is the only way to fight him.
Maidana is a heck of a fighter, don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of him. He’s got massive heart, grit, tremendous punching power and throws looping over the top shots which sometimes can be hard to see coming. I just think his hands are too slow, feet are too slow and doesn’t move his head enough and is very easy to hit. I think for those reasons he is ready made style wise for Mayweather and I honestly can’t see how he’s going to win this one unless he just goes for broke in the first 3 rounds and tries to catch Floyd cold earl on.
A Potentially Excellent Card Nonetheless
Ultimately I think Khan would have been beaten by Mayweather (and possibly stopped late on) but I think his speed would have been more of a challenge at least for “Money” to contend with.
The good news is there is very strong rumours being pushed out that Khan is allegedly close to signing a deal with Mayweather handler and massive boxing power player Al Haymon, which could see Khan fight Adrien Broner on the under card of the event for a chance to get a shot at Mayweather in September.
No doubt that the event will be massive as always when it comes to Mayweather’s star power commercially, particularly if they pull off the Khan v Broner fight on the under card. I just can’t help but thinking Marcos Maidana could be just another statistic on the unblemished record of Floyd Mayweather.
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