This weekend Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces Marcos Maidana. It's a good matchup, but there aren't many who think that Maidana stands a chance.
It's not surprising. Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of all time. At 37, he is still dominating opponents, not merely with superhuman speed and reflexes (which he does possess), but with skill and craft. Mayweather is a thinking fighter, and he knows how to take the fight wherever he needs it to go.
In today's edition of Frame-by-Frame Fights, I break down the various ranges at which Mayweather fights, and the different tools, tricks, and traps that make him so successful at each. Long range, mid range, short range--it doesn't matter. Floyd Mayweather is the very definition of an "all-terrain fighter," and this is how he does it.
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. Coming tomorrow (a bit late), Connor talks to Bloody Elbow's Pat Wyman, martial artist and professional fight scout, about recent matchups and the science of analyzing fights.