Most boxing fans and pundits aren't giving Marcos Maidana much of a chance against Floyd Mayweather in this Saturday's highly anticipated fight, which Showtime has dubbed "The Moment." It's not surprising, and it's definitely not wrong. Floyd Mayweather is among the greatest boxers of all time in terms of pure craft in the ring, and his 45-0 record speaks for itself. We've seen him fight brawlers before and dismantle them with ease, so this one seems like a no-brainer.
But is Maidana just a brawler?
He can brawl, for sure, and he has the power to back it up. However, he's also developing a style under trainer Robert Garcia that makes him a much more dangerous foe than ever before.
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Today's video aims to analyze those adjustments that Maidana and Garcia have made, including Maidana's increased use of the jab, his improved stance, and his ability to knock opponents out without being punched in the face a million times--though he's still the type of fighter who will take that kind of punishment just to get to his target.
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And check back tomorrow for another video breakdown of the man himself, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
For more analysis, as well as fighter and trainer interviews, check out Heavy Hands, the only podcast dedicated to the finer points of face punching. On last week's episode, Connor answers listener questions with boxing trainer Luis Monda. New episode this Thursday.