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.
Who will win #HOPKINSKOVALEV