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MMA Crossfire – Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana II predictions

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0-0, 26 KOs) won his initial encounter with Marcos Maidiana (35-4-1, 31 KOs), but the Argentinian experienced his moment in the sun.

Maidana’s aggressive rough-and-tumble style even earned him a few rounds in the fight, and Mayweather’s scorn afterwards.

The champion grunted that Maidana fought like a MMA fighter.

The Argentinian has the golden opportunity to polish up his mistakes and take what he learned into the squared circle Saturday night. Can he do it?

Meanwhile, the Money machine continues to roll along. He uploaded another bathtub video, waded into more controversy regarding the Ray Rice affair and most importantly, put in the work for the fight. Can he make the adjustments quickly this time to combat the gritty Maidana?

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Kenai Andrews steps in for MMA Crossfire Boxing Expert Noel Clubb to share his thoughts on the fight.

Mayweather Maidana II

As usual, Bodog.ca listed Floyd as the favourite 1/8 (-800) and Maidana not quite the big underdog he was in the first fight (+500) or 5-to-1.

In case you missed ALL ACCESS:

TALE OF THE TAPE

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale. (AP Photo/John Locher)

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. (46-0-0, 26 KOs)

AGE: 37

HEIGHT: 5-8

REACH: 72 INCHES

STANCE: ORTHODOX

 Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. gestures to the crowd. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

MARCOS MAIDANA (35-4-1, 31 KOs)

Marcos Maidana
Marcos Maidana poses on the scale. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 5-7

REACH: 69 INCHES

STANCE: ORTHODOX

Marcos Maidana
Marcos Maidana poses on the scale. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In case you missed the weigh-ins:

ANALYSIS:

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of US and Marcos Maidana of Argentina exchange punches in their first fight. JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Maidana surprised most fans in the first by bulldozing Mayweather early and often, not giving Floyd a chance to get into rhythm and going to the body to slow him down later. While it was effective, it took a lot of out of his gas tank. He has to do it again and but with more polish and add some tweaks to match the adjustments Floyd will have for him Saturday night.

Floyd Mayweather Jr
Floyd Mayweather throws a left at Marcos Maidana in their first fight. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The first four rounds are crucial for each fighter. They will help set the table later on in the championship rounds.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) of US and Marcos Maidana of Argentina exchange punches in their first fight. JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Maidana has to win those rounds to make Floyd adjust and do things he doesn’t want to, like initiating the exchange.

Marcos has to keep the pressure on and establish the tone. He did that in the first fight with one judge giving him a 114-114 draw. A little more accuracy wouldn’t hurt too.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Marcos Maidana pose. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Mayweather has a myriad of options here. Does he come out aggressive and throw off the aggressiveness of Maidana? Or does he selectively counter him? I think he will want to wear Maidana out like the last time. Counter him, let him swing and miss but be more aggressive when he needs to be. He still has the skills to weather Maidana’s early storm and then methodically pick him apart. If he can stifle him early, then most of his work will be done. It will force Maidana to be more aggressive and make mistakes that he can capitalize on.

Floyd Mayweather Jr
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Unfortunately for Maidana, Floyd’s best weapon is his mind. He is a ring technician and the bottom line is a unanimous decision win for Floyd and a valiant effort for Marcos.

Andrews Prediction: Floyd Mayweather Jr. via unanimous decision.

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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