"The Moment of Truth or The Moment of Shock?"
By Val Soliman
Floyd Mayweather will defend his WBC/The Ring Welterweight titles against a strong, heavy-handed Argentine slugger - WBA Welterweight Champ Marcos Maidana in a unification bout on May 3. Fans are expecting Floyd to take Marcos to school for a 12-round boxing clinic. Mayweather is an 11-1 favorite (to win $100, you must put up $1,100). 9 out 10 person we asked about Maidana's chances of beating Mayweather gave him a puncher's chance. Boxing experts and fans are predicting the same type of victory we saw when he faced Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez - an easy unanimous decision victory for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Some fans are excited to come and see if a power puncher like Maidana can put an end to Mayweather's 45-fight winning streak. Maidana, Alvarez and Guerrero are not on the same elite status with Mayweather. Expect Floyd to be more elusive than ever... all weapons are loaded in his backpack when he enter the ring - quick jab, head movement, shoulder roll and excellent footwork. He simply can't take a risk and exchange with an iron fisted fighter like Maidana. They say it's going to be a suicide if he does. Floyd's ring intelligence and excellent defense would take Maidana's powerful punches to thin air. After 12 rounds of boxing, the moment of truth comes... Mayweather won via UD.
Maidana's trainer Robert Garcia predicted that if Marcos lands that big shot, it will hurt and if it does, the game is over. Maidana also hinted a potential mega bout with Manny Pacquiao if he beats Mayweather. Yes, Maidana does have a puncher's chance, it's boxing... anything can happen. Legendary fighter like Mike Tyson is no exception to this matter. He took his first loss against a huge underdog in the name of James "Buster" Douglas. Tyson was 37-0 when he faced Douglas in the ring. It was indeed a shocking moment, not only for the fighter who took his first loss via knockout, but also for the fans all over the world.
Maidana losing to fighters who can outbox him is pretty much telling that his fighting style is tailor fit for Floyd Mayweather. He lost to Andreas Kotelnik via SD(2009-02-07), Amir Khan via UD(2010-12-11) and to Devon Alexander via UD(2012-02-25). What made Maidana an eligible opponent for Floyd is his most recent victory (via UD - where he scored two knockdowns) over Floyd's close friend Adrien Broner. Mayweather wants to keep his unbeaten record and avenge Broner's defeat, Maidana wants to shock the world and take the throne.
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