LIVE BOXING CHAT: Mayhem, Mayweather-Maidana 2, 8 p.m. ET
SAN DIEGO, September 13, 2014 – The world’s number one pound for pound boxer puts his superstar status at risk in tonight’s rematch in the ring tonight in Las Vegas. But not much risk.
Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) faces Marcos Maidana (35-4-0, 31 KOs) of Argentina in a triple title championship bout at welterweight for the second time this year. The rematch should be wildly entertaining, but don’t expect a big plot twist in this sequel.
At this point in his career, it’s nearly impossible to be against Floyd Mayweather. He hasn’t lost in 46 professional prizefights, and he’s barely been roughed up in any of them.
Maidana came as close as anyone in recent years in the first half of his fight with Mayweather on May 3. Maidana says he’s worked hard on his conditioning, is more focused, and has taken what he learned from the first fight to make him an even more formidable opponent in this rematch.
Mayweather shares the advantage of having experience against Maidana and knowing what he has to offer. Boxers don’t change their technique much between fights, certainly not in four months.
Lopsided as the odds may be, imagine missing this fight and risking the outside chance it could be the first loss for the best paid athlete in the world at the top of his sport. Upsets happen, and no serious fight fan will miss it.
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Maidana does have a chance against Mayweather, as good as anyone who’s gotten into the ring with Mayweather. Maidana will need to work hard to find the target, including good ring generalship and moving Mayweather away from the center of the ring where he can employ his outstanding defense skills.
Mayweather’s approach is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Mayweather is superbly conditioned, knows what works for him, and will make himself the toughest target in boxing while using speed to score against Maidana and add another win to his record, along with a tidy $32 million purse. Maidana gets $3 million for his trouble.
The undercard fights are slightly underwhelming with some fan friendly favorites expected to take care of their business.
In the co-main event, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) takes on Manuel Roman (17-2-3, 6 KOs)
Alfredo Angulo (22-4-0, 18 KOs) faces James De La Rosa (23-2-0, 13 KOs) at super middleweight.
John Molina Jr. (27-4-0, 22 KOs) mixes it up with Humberto Soto (64-8-2, 35 KOs) at light welterweight.
Miguel Vasquez (34-3-0, 13 KOs) puts his IBF lightweight title on the line against Mickey Bey (20-1-1, 10 KOs).
All fighters made weight with ease on Friday.