By Chip Dee: Robert Garcia, the trainer for WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s), says that they’re not going to be looking to get a one-punch knockout this Saturday night in their fight against WBC 147lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia has been Maidana to win by having him focus on wearing down Mayweather, and winning rounds the way he did in his last fight against Adrien Broner last December.
“I’m not preparing him [Maidana] to get lucky with one punch; I’m preparing him to win the fight round by round,” said Garcia to Boxingchannel. “That’s by throwing a lot of shots, and hitting his opponent with body as well as head shots. But I’m not looking to get lucky with one shot.”
It makes sense that Garcia is training Maidana to focus on winning rounds rather than looking for one big shots to hurt Mayweather, because Maidana doesn’t have the kind of one-punch power to knock guys out the way that some of the welterweights are able to do in the division. Maidana has heavy hands, and he wears his opponents down in a round by round fashion by hitting them with hard shots each time he lands. The knockouts eventually come from the accumulative effect from a fighter being hit so many times by Maidana’s hard punches.
The trick for Garcia and Maidana is to try and figure out on Saturday night how they’re going to get to Mayweather for him to land a lot of punches. It’s not easy catching up to Mayweather due to his movement, and Maidana might find it hard to land the punches that he wants to in this fight. He has the power, but unless he has the vehicle to land those shots, he’s not going to be able to use his power on a consistent enough basis for him to win on Saturday night. Maidana will no doubt get his opportunities at times to land, but it’s going to a test for him to figure out how to land enough of his shots to beat Mayweather.
Maidana is good at cutting off the ring and going after his opponents at high speed, at least in the early rounds of his fights. But he’s going to need to be able to go after them in high speed for 12 rounds, not just 3 or 4 if he wants to win.