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The Moment : Mayweather vs. Maidana Preview and Predictions - This Is Sports Zone

This Saturday night the sports world gets its biannual view at the best boxer on the planet, Floyd Mayweather Jr., as he takes on Marcos Maidana in the main event of a four fight pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is also being shown in select movie theatres. I will take you through the four fights and my picks.

Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KO) vs. J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KO) – super middleweights

This is an even fight to open a pay-per-view broadcast. Love is in Floyd Mayweather’s stable of fighters on Mayweather Promotions. His group has been dealing with some hard times as Badou Jack (who fought to a draw with Periban in September 2013) was knocked out in the first round of his most recent fight and Mickey Bey suffered a knockout two fights ago to John Molina Jr. in the last round of a fight Bey was dominating.

This is Love’s second chance to make an impression on one of Floyd’s undercards, his last was a disputed decision win against Gabriel Rosado that was overturned to a no contest when Love tested positive for a banned substance.

Periban has fought most of his career outside of the U.S. and has acquitted himself fairly well when stepping up, his only loss was a razor thin decision to Sakio Bika in a fan-friendly war at Barclays Center. I’m picking Love by split decision in a good opening scrap.

Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO) vs. Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO) – junior welterweights
Broner was supposed to be headlining his own pay-per-views at this time in his career. His last fight against Marcos Maidana was originally slated to be one but fans universally rejected the idea of paying big money to see Broner fight until he notched a world class win on his belt. In a wise move Showtime bowed to the paying audience and moved the card to the regular network. Then Maidana showed why he, and not Broner, was ready for the spotlight of headline status. Broner was overwhelmed by Maidana and now he has to build himself back up and has a perfect opponent for his comeback fight.

Molina offers little in the way of power, has a draw on his record from an opponent sporting a 5-6-3 career record and was dismantled by his first A-level opponent, Amir Khan in December 2012. This is Molina’s first fight since then and with well over one year out of the ring it’s difficult to expect him to handle Broner’s potent mix of power and defense in this mismatch. Broner by 6th round KO.

Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KO) vs. Amir Khan 28-3 (19 KO) – welterweights

Collazo put his name back on the map on Super Bowl week when he was the ‘B’ side of Victor Ortiz’ comeback in a main event from Barclays Center in Collazo’s home Brooklyn, N.Y. Luis crushed Ortiz in a 2nd round knockout that may have ended “Vicious” Victor’s career (his third straight KO loss).

The winner of this co-feature knows they will propel themselves toward the top of the list for Floyd’s only other fight of 2014 in September. Amir Khan was the leader to fight Floyd in this main event until Maidana changed the boxing landscape with his one-sided beatdown of Adrien Broner. Now Khan who is on a two fight winning streak since changing trainers from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter has the stage to showcase his lightning fast feet and hands are a step above Collazo’s class.

The major knock on Amir will remain his chin, he was taken out in the 1st round by Breidis Prescott in 2008 and hasn’t lived it down since failing to take the challenge to avenge the loss and was devastated by Danny Garcia’s left hook in a knockout loss in 2012. Collazo already has a KO victory over one top fighter with a suspect chin (Ortiz) the question is can he make it two? This is by far the most interesting fight in level of importance and competitiveness on the card. I’m taking Khan by majority decision in a fight where Collazo will test him early and often but find that the talent of Khan will show through in the end.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO) vs. Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO) – welterweights


Marcos Maidana earned his shot at the biggest draw in boxing the right way, he earned it. While other fighters on this card have been anointed boxing’s next superstar (Broner) without winning any major fights or had been expecting this fight to fall in their laps (Khan) it was Maidana, the Argentine cowboy, who went about his business and won the big fight in front of him and let his fists do all of his talking.

Floyd is basking in the afterglow of his latest accomplishment as he set the pay-per-view record for sales in his uber-impressive decision win over Mexican star Canelo Alvarez on September 14, 2013. He has proven over many years that complacency has not set in and his desire to remain on top of the game and retire undefeated is still a compelling motivator.

The main event is a contrast in styles in and out of the ring. The two combatants couldn’t be much more different, Floyd is brash and outspoken, Marcos is a quiet assassin, Floyd lives a lavish life in Las Vegas, Marcos lives in the countryside in Argentina, and more importantly in the ring, Floyd is a master boxer, the king of hitting without getting hit in return and Marcos is a brawler and knockout sensation.

Much like in other sports, we’ve realized in football a strong passing games bests running the ball, in baseball pitching and defense beats power hitting and in basketball outside shooters are more valuable than bigs, in boxing, the boxer beats the fighter nine times out of ten. Floyd continues his unbeaten streak and wins a wide unanimous decision over the overmatched but game Maidana.

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