Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the pound-for-pound king in the art of opponent selection. Here we dissect his latest pick: Marcos "El Chino" Maidana!
For almost every fighter, being offered a contract to fight Floyd Mayweather is probably like winning a paid vacation to an island paradise inhabited only by the Mocha Girls. Just ask anyone who have seen their name written on a multi-million dollar paycheck in exchange for a few minutes of head-crunching fistbombs. Floyd is boxing’s ultimate money-making machine, so when he fancies someone to be his dancing partner that certain someone is definitely going to get paid big time.
On May 4, 2014 (Manila time) the guy who’ll try to make the most out of his major payday is 30-year-old Argentine knockout artist, Marcos Maidana—a fight that has most pundits, once again, questioning Mayweather's iffy opponent selection process.
Here we'll take a look at just how the dude nicknamed “El Chino” got hold of the Mayweather golden ticket!
Strong But Slow
It’s no secret that The Money Team (TMT) is in charge of picking and choosing Floyd’s would-be challengers.
Looking back at TMT’s recent exploits you’ll see that Floyd has been matched up against reputed good punchers who hold a great speed disadvantage. And judging by this clip below, Maidana is a very good puncher:
So guess what? The Money Team did it again. They found their guy in Maidana (35W-3L-31KO), a monstrous hitter who is clearly inferior to Floyd when it comes to speed and quickness.
Power is useless when you can’t hit your opponent, and that’s what Money May wants to reiterate to the world as he expects to befuddle the Argentine bomber with his uncanny swiftness.
Sure, El Chino has a puncher’s chance, backed up by his 81.58 knockout percentage. But if Marcos and his infamous coaches, Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza, can’t figure out a way to nullify their opponent's supreme speed, then Floyd’s record will stay as unblemished as Marian Rivera’s “mala-sutlang kutis.”
The Al Haymon Connection
If you're a hardcore boxing fan, then you’ve heard of the name Al Haymon. But were pretty sure you have no idea what he looks like or who he is exactly.
Haymon is a masterful boxing adviser, who operates behind the curtains much like how Nick Fury manages The Avengers. The enigmatic boxing manager and Floyd Mayweather confidante quietly owns what is possibly the most impressive clientele in boxing, which includes a robust roster of stars like Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner, Adonis Stevenson, Amir Khan and—surprise, surprise—Marcos Maidana. Floyd has credited his lead adviser numerous times for guiding his career right into the stratosphere.
Above: the true genius behind Mayweather's ascent
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That’s why fighting someone who is a Haymon associate is indeed an extra security blanket for Mayweather. His most trusted consigliere has never put him in any precarious position, and in effect, Al Haymon is another big reason to believe that Mayweather will remain undefeated when it’s all said and done.
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