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Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana fought on May 3rd in what turned out to be a great welterweight boxing contest. Those reading that lead-in line may think I’ve gone bonkers for waiting almost two weeks to be posting any kind of comments or a review of the fight, but it is what it is.

I’ve delayed, actually resisted, posting anything until now because the back and forth banter between the die hard Mayweather fans and the Mayweather haters has been at fever pitch.

Every boxing article I’ve read has been declaring that Mayweather has lost his edge, is vulnerable, is beatable. The comments sections adjoining these articles are filled with Mayweather haters taking the comments of the writer even further or the Mayweather die-hards defending their favourite fighter’s every move.

In spite of all of this vitriol I have failed to read a single article, a single report, or a single comment that points to something I saw, heard and read before the fight occurred. I watched the Mayweather-Maidana pre-fight presser, during which Mayweather made a very similar statement to the one he made before the Cotto fight.

Mayweather said to all the gathered press representatives and the television cameras that we would not see the version of Floyd Mayweather who took on Robert Guerrero or Saul Alvarez. The Mayweather who danced around his opponent and landed shots when he wanted to while avoiding just about everything they threw.

The declaration before this fight was very similar to the one he made before the Cotto fight. He talked about adversities he’s faced in fights in recent years and still found a way to win and declared that in this fight he would stand in front of Maidana, a style that would suit his heavy handed opponent, and still find a way to win.

Those words have been completely overlooked as journalists have written stories declaring the fight as the beginning of the end for Mayweather. To justify their own words in attempting to prove that Maidana has proved Mayweather is slower, weaker and more vulnerable than ever they have overlooked this critical aspect of the fight.

Now, don’t get me wrong. In no way am I trying to take anything away from Maidana. Maidana fought a great fight and unlike many fighters before him he wasn’t awed by the occasion or intimidated or distracted by the Mayweather circus (in this instance literal as well as figurative circus). No, what I am intending with this ramble is to point out something that seems to have been overlooked by all.

Watching the fight, after listening to Mayweather’s words in the press conference, I was not surprised with the number of times Mayweather was against the ropes twisting and turning as Maidana pressed him. I was not surprised by the number of times each man threw three or four shots that were instantly sent back by the other.

I was not surprised that Maidana shut out all the sideshow acts that accompany fighting Mayweather as he was always cool and collected in the build up to fights with opponents like Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan and Adrien Broner that brought a lot of side activities. Sure, the spotlight is definitely brighter when you face Mayweather, but he’d been in fights with more attention and drama than your usual fight.

Did Maidana do well to succeed where so many others have failed against Mayweather? Sure. He fought a great fight and threw a lot of punches. He landed a lot on Mayweather, but it didn’t look like he had Mayweather in trouble at any point in the fight. There was no “Mosley Moment” in which he managed to buckle Mayweather’s legs.

I wonder, however, if Maidana would have enjoyed equal success had he faced the version of Floyd Mayweather who had Alvarez swinging for shadows in September. Given that Mayweather signaled his intent to stand and fight we can’t draw any strict conclusions from the outcome of this fight as to whether Mayweather is indeed showing signs of age and a recession of skills.

A rematch would be a great next step as I believe any closely contested bout should be met with a rematch so that both the boxing fans can revel in the excitement once more and the fighters themselves both get another shot at a truly definitive ending to the fight. In a rematch we may get to see how the pressure and punch output of Maidana would work against the movement and pot-shotting version of Mayweather we’ve seen in recent outings. That would give us an answer to whether there is any decline in Mayweather’s skills, or whether the fight was tough because he chose to make it tough.

Lets hope there’s more to come in this budding rivalry.

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Let me start off by saying I generally enjoy watching Amir Khan fight. He has speed of both hand and foot, he is aggressive and he loves to throw combination punches. Khan is an exciting, dynamic fighter who rarely leaves fans wondering why they tuned in, win or lose.

Adding to the enjoyment I get from watching Khan fight is the fact that it’s very rarely a one-sided affair. For all of Khan’s hand and foot speed, he is poor in so many defensive fundamentals that he is incredibly easy to hit, and hit clean.

Often moving into rather than away from punches, popping his head up every time he throws a jab or dropping his hands before stepping back, whatever mistake he makes it usually ends with him being clocked and rocked.

In spite of all this, in spite of the enjoyment that usually comes from watching Khan in yet another valiant battle of heart over head, I am not excited at the prospect of Khan taking on IBF Welterweight champion Devon Alexander in December.

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I truly don’t say this to knock either fighter. Anyone who steps in the ring deserves respect for the dedication they’ve shown to their training and preparation and the level of bravery it takes to stand one-on-one with another human being to fight.

I say this because, as styles make fights, this is such a clash of styles that I feel there will be more threatening to engage than actually engaging. For the first time in many years fans, tuning in for the usual Amir Khan edge-of-the-seat drama may be disappointed.

Fighters will always fight to their biggest strengths, as they should. Amir Khan will look to use his incredible speed to edge him along to victory. He is also one of the better-conditioned fighters in boxing and can push a frenetic pace for the whole fight while still looking like he has more to give. Khan will look to dart in with quick combinations and dash away before Alexander can fire anything back.

Alexander, who is no slouch when it comes to hand speed and combination punching, is a far superior defensive boxer. His movement around the ring will create angles that nullify the in-and-out attacks of Khan as Alexander simply won’t be right in front of him.

Alexander’s movement and defensive skill was on display against Randall Bailey, in which he was able to take away Bailey’s power using superior footwork and grind out a victory to capture the IBF crown. This is the manner I expect Alexander to approach the Khan fight in as he looks to frustrate his opponent into recklessness.

This is where fans will scream for the Khan of old to show his face. In past fights Khan hasn’t been good at sticking to a plan. When all was going well against Marcos Maidana, Khan abandoned the strategy that had been working so well and let his bravado take over. He engaged Maidana in close and was rocked badly.

Who Will Win Between Amir Khan and Devon Alexander?

  • Khan by KO

  • Alexander by KO

  • Khan via Decision

  • Alexander via Decision

  • Who cares? I’ll take a nap through that one!


Total votes: 189

Alexander will be happy to move around the ring and land counters and small combinations to build up a points advantage.

He will stick to his strategy and hope, with the fans, that Khan will revert to past times and completely abandon the plan he comes in with out of frustration and start to attack blindly, searching for an opening. Alexander showed Maidana that his power is often underestimated as he landed heavier than expected shots almost at will throughout their 2012 bout.

Khan, on the other hand, will look to display a new ability to stay on task and avoid the past reckless behaviour.

One of the aspects of his game Khan wanted to improve on when he aligned himself with Virgil Hunter as his new trainer was his ability to stick to a planned strategy throughout the fight, and to lose the wild and ragged edge that had often been his undoing.

In the two fights Khan’s had with Hunter in his corner, he’s shown slight improvement in his ability to stay on task. While still having a couple of wild moments, Hunter has been able to calm Khan down and get him back to task with his advice between rounds.

As a fighter who strives to improve, I have no doubt Khan has spent significant time in the gym with Hunter since his last fight in April, working on small aspects of his game and on his focus when times get tough.

This is why I predict a snoozer.

With a new focus and a willingness to trust his trainer and stick to their plan, Khan will become frustrated by Alexander’s excellent footwork. However, unlike the old days of him losing his patience and rushing in, only to be countered and put on his backside, Khan will stay focused, follow instruction and try to box his way through.