It seems pretty obvious that Marcos Maidana’s plan to try and beat WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in their rematch next month is to overwhelm him with punches by throwing as many shots as possible as possible on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Maidana is reportedly throwing over 100 punches per round during his sparring sessions with the likes of Steve Forbes and Mikey Garcia. In throwing that many punches, Maidana obviously doesn’t have much time to think a lot about throwing the perfect shot because he’s just looking to overwhelm his sparring partners with shots rather than picking his shots.
Maidana wants to get in good enough shape to where he’ll be able to average that many punches per round when he gets in the ring with Mayweather on 9/13. Of course, Maidana will need Mayweather to stand still against the ropes like he did last time they fought each other last May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather tried to pick off Maidana’s shots using his shoulder roll defense, but because of the sheer volume of shots that Maidana was throwing at him, Mayweather couldn’t stop them all, and he ended up getting hit quite a few times by the hard punches by Maidana.
Mayweather can spoil Maidana’s plans for throwing 100 punches per round by not standing in one place for any length of time. He needs to stay moving constantly and not Maidana get his feet set to start throwing his shots. If Mayweather is able to move constantly for 12 rounds, then Maidana’s plan of overwhelming Mayweather with punches will be spoiled.
Maidana’s plan is perfect for the Mayweather that fought him last May, but it might not work if we see a different, more mobile Mayweather on September 13th. Maidana and his trainer Robert Garcia are both counting on Mayweather not having the stamina to stay off the ropes for the entire fight.