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By JD Hernandez
Floyd Mayweather week kicked off as the stars of Saturday night’s extravaganza showed up one after the other. Fight fans caught a glimpse of the fighters that will be center stage on Saturday night. All fighters were present. Marco Antonio Periban, JLeon Love. Carlos Molina, Adrien Broner, Luis Collazo, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, and last to stroll in was undefeated boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The undercard fighters were presented and then interviewed. Mayweather and opponent Marcos Maidana made their formal bows in Sin City, officially getting the week underway.
Floyd Mayweather is always a major betting favorite. He repeats what he always says which is that he cannot overlook Maidana, but in reality few are giving the underdog any real chance of beating Floyd. Maidana may be strong and exhibit courage, but he is slow and that is the kiss of death when facing Money Mayweather. This is the type of fighter that Mayweather dismantles time and time again. If speed kills then Maidana is already a goner.
Mayweather never overlooks his opponents. That’s why he dominates at age 37. That is why he has never been beaten. Floyd (45-0, 26 KO) is mentally seeing Maidana (35-3, 31 KO) as victim number 46. Mayweather said “I think he’s more confident and ready now that he has faced the kid from St. Louis, Devon Alexander.”
Those are polite words from Mayweather but Alexander isn’t Mayweather. The only real question is how will Mayweather’s next masterpiece look by the end of the night? What game plan will he execute? Will he be evasive and make Maidana miss while unleashing a barrage of stiff jabs and counterpunches? Or will he move around and wear Maidana down then go in for the finish like a matador?
Does Maidana have a chance against Mayweather?
Maidana, 30, will certainly have to bring his best on Saturday night, when he faces Mayweather on Showtime pay-per-view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The trouble, as most see it, is that Maidana’s absolute best won’t be enough to put the first blemish on Mayweathers record.
The opening bell will ring and the fight will wear on and it won’t be long before Maidana, like so many before him like Canelo, realizes he can’t do it and that is when the Mayweather blowout begins. It’s just a matter of time. For Maidana facing the best there is in boxing is a dream come true but that can quickly turn into a nightmare on Saturday night.
Maidana is just another fighter in the long line of fighters wishing to be the one to knock off boxing’s most profitable boxer. Can he do it? The answer, is almost a certain “NO” but Maidana got himself here.
He rose up the ranks and made himself worthy of this opportunity. Prediction Mayweather unanimous decision if a KO occurs it will be before round 10.