PREDICTION PAGE, TEAM TSS SPECIAL: Mayweather or Maidana

BY Michael Woods ON May 02, 2014
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Prediction time, people. Time to show your powers of prognostication. Mayweather-Maidana, who wins, and how.

Team TSS offers their crystal-ball gazes here:

DINO da VINCI: Mayweather: Wide, wide margin. Mayweather hits Maidana, Maidana hits air. Now, that said, I'm praying to the boxing gods to please intervene and use all their forces and whatever they have access to, to give the fans something they can smile about, that they witnessed a competitive bout...but none of them have gotten back to me yet.

BERNARD FERNANDEZ: Marcos Maidana tuned up a Floyd Mayweather Jr. wannabe in Adrien Broner. Can he do the same with the real deal? Uh, no. Even though it might soon be time for the pendulum to start swinging the other way for the 36-year-old "Money," enough of who and what he was remains to give a boxing tutorial to the willing but comparatively limited Argentine. Probably not a knockout, but figure Floyd to win by a wide margin on points.

BLAKE HOCHBERGER: Mayweather on cruise control with a shutout decision. No drama in this one.

FRANK LOTIERZO: Mayweather will do what he always does - he'll look Maidana over for the first two minutes of the first round and then open up a little. Maidana will try and throw the kitchen sink at him, but he won't make contact and the few shots he does manage to land won't shake Floyd nearly enough to change the trajectory of the fight. After a couple rounds every round will look the same with Mayweather controlling the action the whole way.  Another high profile sparring/boxing exhibition.....Mayweather by unanimous decision.

RAYMOND MARKARIAN: Marcos Maidana will win IF he lands a Antonio Tarver/Roy Jones style home run punch against Floyd Mayweather. Other than that, he has no chance. I expect another 12 round Mayweather clinic. The fight should be more exciting than Floyd's bouts against Guerrero and Canelo because Maidana is relentless. I like Maidana's confidence but he doesn't dethrone the king. Mayweather by decision.

KELSEY McCARSON: Mayweather will win by a wide unanimous decision or stop Maidana late. Maidana did great against Broner but Mayweather is a different animal. He'll be bigger, faster, stronger and more skilled than anyone Maidana has ever faced. The only way Maidana wins is if Mayweather pulls a hamstring on the way to the ring. Even then, it's a 50/50 fight. This is a showcase bout for Mayweather and nothing more.

JOHN NGUYEN: This one is a no-brainer. Maidana is gutsy and strong, but his skill deficiencies make him Mayweather's most tailor-made opponent since the last Argentine he faced, Carlos Baldomir. Maidana would have to land the luckiest punch in the history of modern man in order to win this one. Mayweather will expose Maidana's poor balance and concrete feet all night long as he cruises to an easy unanimous decision.

AARON TALLENT: Maidana's win over Adrien Broner last December was very impressive and has only added to the hullabaloo surrounding this fight. That being said, Floyd has earned the benefit of the doubt at this point and will get that on Saturday. Mayweather by split decision.

SPRINGS TOLEDO: Look for Floyd to do what master boxers do with plodding punchers -dominate. Maidana must make it ugly and hope to disrupt Floyd's rhythm and composure enough to sling something outside Floyd's radar and take over. Chances are excellent that Floyd will handle that. Floyd knows that tough guys are good to run into shots or get blindsided. I see him going for a late stoppage though he may carry Maidana some rounds to make it look good. Mayweather by TKO ~10.

CHRIS WHEAT: Mayweather cruises all the way. If Maidana were able to catch him with something, the way Mosley did, that would make for an interesting moment, but Floyd all the way. I like Collazo over Khan. Feel Collazo is putting it all together.

PHIL WOOLEVER: Mayweather UD 12 (117-111). Maidana will try hard enough to force a few decent exchanges, all of which Mayweather will win, but the fans will be unhappy.

MICHAEL WOODS: Keith Thurman's nickname is "One Time." Maidana's can be changed to "One Round" for "The Moment." That's all he's going to win, maybe two if Floyd needs a breather or CJ Ross kidnaps Burt Clements, is a master of disguise, dresses up as Clements, and hands in cards as Clements. This fight will force a change in dynamic in choosing Floyd fights, and force him to more so consider tests nearer to 160 pounds, especially if Sergio Martinez looks good if he beats Miguel Cotto.

FRANK LOTIERZO: Mayweather will do what he always does - he'll look Maidana over for
the first two minutes of the first round and then open up a little.
Maidana will try and throw the kitchen sink at him, but he won't make
contact and the few shots he does manage to land won't shake Floyd
nearly enough to change the trajectory of the fight. After a couple
rounds every round will look the same with Mayweather controlling the
action the whole way. Another high profile sparring/boxing
exhibition.....Mayweather by unanimous decision.

And now you, Forum crew. Prediction, please.

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brownsugar says:

Testing

El Dude says:

Statistically speaking, the secret to beating Floyd Mayweather is a lucky punch which Marcos Maidana is more than capable of delivering. Floyd is now at a downhill 37 years old in his career and he is going up against a prime 30 year old Pit-bull of fighter who never quits. Maidana has all the experience to know what its like to face lighting speed and Chino's thunderous capabilities have demonstrated that there is no shelter from his storm. Under Team Garcia, Maidana has definitely evolved into a more complete fighter but Maidana is not perfect yet he has had all the time necessary that would allow him to fix all his flaws as well as knowing his true self. Floyd is predictable and he relies on his instinct rather than his skills to elude his opponents but his low % of punches by volume and clinching tactics will only play in favor for Maidana's bee hive aggression.
I predicts Maidana winning by KO of the decade.
by El Dude.

oubobcat says:

Statistically speaking, the secret to beating Floyd Mayweather is a lucky punch which Marcos Maidana is more than capable of delivering. Floyd is now at a downhill 37 years old in his career and he is going up against a prime 30 year old Pit-bull of fighter who never quits. Maidana has all the experience to know what its like to face lighting speed and Chino's thunderous capabilities have demonstrated that there is no shelter from his storm. Under Team Garcia, Maidana has definitely evolved into a more complete fighter but Maidana is not perfect yet he has had all the time necessary that would allow him to fix all his flaws as well as knowing his true self. Floyd is predictable and he relies on his instinct rather than his skills to elude his opponents but his low % of punches by volume and clinching tactics will only play in favor for Maidana's bee hive aggression.
I predicts Maidana winning by KO of the decade.
by El Dude.


Not a lot of people are giving Maidana a chance in this fight. I admire the fact that you are going on the record with your selection of him winning.

After a feeling out process in the first round, I see Mayweather seizing command in typical Mayweather fashion. No question Maidana has improved. But enough to beat or even compete with a fighter of Mayweather's skill, I just don't see it. I really hope I am wrong and we get some drama in this fight. But I will say Mayweather by unanimous decision.

The Good Doctor says:

EL Dude..................


I love the logic......

I love the analysis...

I love the guts to make the prediction publicly............

It will be the KO of the decade..................


AND I 100% DISAGREE WITH YOU!!! LOL!!!

I find it amazing how often on this board that I can see someone's point of view easily and yet disagree with them. Floyd is downhill at 37 years old but a 90% Floyd is better than anyone in or near his weight class right now. Maidana has faced good speed (Khan, Broner, and Alexander maybe) but he has never faced the combination of speed and defense. Khan, Alexander, and Broner can be hit pretty regularly. As for Garcia, I have said several times, his record with fighters on the big stage is staggeringly bad. Go look at who he has trained recently in their big fights and with only a couple of exceptions they have looked completely unprepared. You also mention Maidana's relentless pressure which I love however that opens him up to be countered by one of the two best counter punchers of the last 10 years (Marquez being the other in my opinion).

As a testament to you, if Maidana wins, I will put in any posts I have for the next week EL Dude is the greatest.

Mayweather 10-2 with a possible flash knockdown of Maidana

ultimoshogun says:

Resistance is futile, your offense will be assimilated. Floyd's high IQ boxing brain will download Maidana's game after a couple rounds. Maidana will shoot outta the starting blocks hard for the first couple rounds, but after that I expect Floyd to figure him out and pick him apart the rest of the way. Maybe even a late stoppage with a Ricky Hatton kinda 'KO.

amayseng says:

I've said it a hundred times. To best Floyd you have to have the foot work and foot agility. Madaina doesnt have it. PAC does.


Easy UD.

the Roast says:

Yet another Floyd UD. If Floyd wants to press the issue he could stop Maidana late with a body shot after Maidana is running low on gas. Floyd has been content to take the UD and not take chances for the last several fights. Wide UD for Money.

Grimm says:

Resistance is futile, your offense will be assimilated. Floyd's high IQ boxing brain will download Maidana's game after a couple rounds. Maidana will shoot outta the starting blocks hard for the first couple rounds, but after that I expect Floyd to figure him out and pick him apart the rest of the way. Maybe even a late stoppage with a Ricky Hatton kinda 'KO.


Good call, ultimoshogun. The difference in skill and class is so big this might even be embarassing. I see Maidana shooting holes in the air so big he'll make himself fall, being painted red by an artist and finally losing all will to continue. In the movies, there's characters who never can be broken. In reality, everyone can. And Maidana will be.

King Beef says:

It is hard to bet against May, but I do think it will be more competitive than people think. I will also introduce another
"What if" into the equation: If Maidana does indeed find a way to crowd Floyd and turn it into a fight; I see Floyd having a
Problem with his "paws" holding up; which could add an interesting wrinkle to the fight.

dino da vinci says:

It is hard to bet against May, but I do think it will be more competitive than people think. I will also introduce another
"What if" into the equation: If Maidana does indeed find a way to crowd Floyd and turn it into a fight; I see Floyd having a
Problem with his "paws" holding up; which could add an interesting wrinkle to the fight.


@King Beef. Middleweight Champion Paul Pender had bad hands. In a fight with short list all time great Gene Fullmer, Pender broke his left hand in the fourth and his right hand in the sixth and then preceded to lose a close decision. Maidana is not Gene Fullmer and Mayweather a bit better than Paul. You realize those mitts still work even if they're broken, no?

King Beef says:

@King Beef. Middleweight Champion Paul Pender had bad hands. In a fight with short list all time great Gene Fullmer, Pender broke his left hand in the fourth and his right hand in the sixth and then preceded to lose a close decision. Maidana is not Gene Fullmer and Mayweather a bit better than Paul. You realize those mitts still work even if they're broken, no?


No doubt, but there will be hesistation to throw. And that is even if the fight is that close to where Mayweather actually has to work for a win the entire fight. But we all know, just like BHOP, Floyd magical makes opponent's punch stat numbers drop drastically.
I guess I am just craving a competitive fight any way I can get one Dino. Lol

vjoe says:

no way I'm picking maidana. however....
Much as I dislike broner, he's very good and that was an excellent win by maidana.
When disinterested, PBP has looked somewhat human...I thought a high mileage Cotto hung with him fairly well.
Even if he doesn't land often, if maidana can throw 60-80 per round and stay on his feet, it should be interesting.
And the weigh-in....maidana looked relaxed and ready with huge upper arms. I thought PBF looked like he's just starting to show a little age (though I think that six pack will still be there at 80).

Rooting for maidana, but expecting another Floyd clinic.

dino da vinci says:

No doubt, but there will be hesistation to throw. And that is even if the fight is that close to where Mayweather actually has to work for a win the entire fight. But we all know, just like BHOP, Floyd magical makes opponent's punch stat numbers drop drastically.
I guess I am just craving a competitive fight any way I can get one Dino. Lol


Yes, we all are. It's sort of like our version of the Super Bowl. To gain momentum as a sport and win over the casual fan would require a fair amount of competitive bouts, and in boxing that is not always easy. The match-ups can look good on paper, then one guy shows up and the other struggles for whatever reason. No easy task, making competitive fights. And since this is such a high profile fight it would be nice if the masses enjoyed what they saw. Hopefully, the Amir Khan fight delivers, because I just don't see Maidana having any success at all.

The Commish says:

Gotta' go with $$$May and the over.

-Randy G.

Radam G says:

Money May is being fully exposed. He could never beat Da Manny. Holla!

Radam G says:

Wow! Where is Money May's speed. Da dude cannot come close to matching Da Manny in foot or hand speed. Retiring, Money May is in need. PLEASE! Da Manny would pimp Money May. Lil' Floyd needs to call it a day. He's been EXPOSED!!! Holla!

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