Floyd Mayweather: “Maidana will have to make adjustments”
May 01 2014 12:49 AM
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Floyd “Money” Mayweather had his final press conference for “The Moment” here are some of his quotes: “I've been here before and know what it takes to win a fight of this magnitude.

When the best fight the best, it takes more than just power.  It takes more than just a great heart.  You have to dig deep.  You have to be mentally strong, not just physically strong, to win a fight like this.

“As of late, Marcos Maidana has been making a lot of noise.  Is he one of the best in the sport? Yes he is.  But I am the best.  And that's the difference.  “He's tough, he's rugged, he's a champion.  I respect him as a man, but come Saturday you have to earn my respect as a fighter.  “I never go in a game with a game plan. My game plan is to win and be first

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The Commish says:

I think they will both have to make some adjustments right from the start.

Maidana's gameplan is to come out and assault $$$May…to throw and throw and throw. To keep him covering up and on the defensive. He said he's prepared to force $$$May into a shell and to keep punching, even when $$$May lets his own shots go.

Easier said than done. Much easier.

$$$May will employ the shoulder roll from the first combination tossed his way. It will be interesting to see how easily–or not–$$$May handles the Maidana onslaught, and if he can catch the Broner Beater with his own speedy counter-shots.

Also, will Maidana become frustrated if he hears “Round Seven” and he hasn't put a dent in $$$May?

In a little over 65 hours, we'll find out.

-Randy G.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;51114]I think they will both have to make some adjustments right from the start.

Maidana's gameplan is to come out and assault $$$May…to throw and throw and throw. To keep him covering up and on the defensive. He said he's prepared to force $$$May into a shell and to keep punching, even when $$$May lets his own shots go.

Easier said than done. Much easier.

$$$May will employ the shoulder roll from the first combination tossed his way. It will be interesting to see how easily–or not–$$$May handles the Maidana onslaught, and if he can catch the Broner Beater with his own speedy counter-shots.

Also, will Maidana become frustrated if he hears “Round Seven” and he hasn't put a dent in $$$May?

In a little over 65 hours, we'll find out.

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

You got it, Commish!

Mayweather's defense is too silky smooth and sophisticated for those crude shots. But you just never knowA, that's the mystique and intrigue of a puncher.

Before I really knew what I was watching, I — like many, many other casuals at the time — remained convinced that Mike Tyson could and would take out Lennox Lewis.

I mean, logic dictates that if they're in a fight they're both going to get hit, right? And if Tyson nails you, you're done, right?

So despite every educated observer knew Lewis would win going away, we didn't know. And we ended up buying the PPV at the standard Euro price point of 100 USD.

That night I learned that power doesn't matter if the foundation to guide it to it's target is gone.

And in retrospect, it was fairly easy to see that '02 Tyson was a badly faded version of his '97 self — which itself was an eroded vs. of the prime version 10 years prior!

Nevertheless, the mystique of power can sometimes draw you in. If you want to see somebody win or lose bad enough, you will buy into mystique of power…

I'm digressing ever so slightly, but yes, I'm with you. They say Maidana won't care if he misses badly or if he gets tagged. I'm not too sure about that. People always talk a big game pre-fight. Not sure I'm buying.

I've seen Maidana display frustration and show evidence of susceptibility to wilt mentally under pressure.

By the time round 7 rolls around, Maidana will be visibly fatigued, visibly bruised while Mayweather will look like it's still the first round and his counters will only get sharper.

At this point, Maidana knows he won't get a decision. Will he go into survival mode, content to go the distance? Or will he go balls to the walls as promised?

That's one of the most interesting subplots, in my estimation.

oubobcat says:

Maidana will absolutely come out on the assault. One thing I will say is since Robert Garcia has become his trainer Maidan'a technique has improved a lot. He is no longer just a crude brawler winging punches relying solely on his punching power to discourage his foes from throwing and eventually taking them out. He does now use a jab and when he throws his power shots they are straighter than the winging shots he used to throw. In addition, Maidana will now take something off his punches to land them instead of putting full force behind all his shots.

I absolutely agree that if Maidana is not having much success and Floyd is countering the heck out of him by about round six or seven frustration will start to set in. How will he respond? We don't know. He could certainly go all out (especially if agrees emphatically encourages him to do so). Or he could revert back to his ways of old (the Devon Alexander fight) and just start throwing one punch at a time from a mile away content at least to go the distance.