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Mayweather vs Maidana: Marcos Maidana planning to load up on body shots

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Marcos Maidana thinks body shots will be a key to beating Floyd Mayweather on May 3. Hey, can't hurt.

Ronald Martinez

Marcos Maidana is a 24 billion to 1 underdog against Floyd Mayweather on May 3, or whatever, but the Argentine slugger says he's got his plan, and while he is working on speed to hopefully keep up with Floyd's advantage in that category, power is his main focus.

Maidana's buildin' hurtin' bombs:

"We're working on speed every day and I'm getting quicker. But it's not all about that. I'm also training harder than ever before so I can keep the pressure on Mayweather. I have that one-punch KO power in both hands but I won't only be going for the head. Most of Floyd's opponents have done that but his defence is so good. I will be putting some of my power into a lot more body shots than he usually gets."

If Maidana (35-3, 31 KO) has any hope of beating Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO), he almost certainly will have to knock him out. I just can't imagine a scenario where Maidana outpoints Mayweather over 12 rounds and doesn't stop him. The general belief, I think, is that it will be hard for Marcos to even get to Floyd, let alone batter him with body shots, but he's got to do something, and that sounds like as good an idea as anyway. What else is he going to do? Box him? Out-think him? Use his craft to score the decision win?