Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO) vs. Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO)
Mayweather appears fit and ready – as usual – and should have no problem controlling the distance and landing a high percentage of his punches against Maidana. Devon Alexander badly schooled Maidana in a virtual 10-round shutout back in February 2012, the same Devon Alexander who essentially said, “No Mas,” against feather-fisted Timothy Bradley in January 2011.
If Maidana could barely win a round against Alexander, he has little chance of doing anything significant against the pound-for-pound king. Maidana has wicked power himself, but possesses no tricks that a slick, game veteran like Mayweather hasn’t seen before. Maidana might win a sympathy round or two if Mayweather decides to get on his bicycle, but don’t expect much else because Maidana struggles mightily against slick fighters that can move well, counter and control distance.
This appears to be another instance of Mayweather picking a fight against a slow-footed challenger who can’t put his punches together. The champ should cruise to a win.
Prediction: Mayweather by lopsided decision