Quijano: Will it be Maidana or Khan for Mayweather?

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Saturday, February 8, 2014


IF you haven’t heard, there’s an ongoing poll conducted by Floyd MayweatherJr at his Mayweather Promotions website on whether he should fight Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana next.

As of yesterday, Maidana held the slimmest of margins at 51 percent to 49 for Amir Khan among the 17,000 who participated.

This Last Rounder cast his vote yesterday in favor of Maidana . If you want to participate you need to have a Facebook or Twitter account and you have until tomorrow to be counted.

PLOY. Some have dismissed this as a marketing ploy meant to generate traffic to his website, but if Floyd honors his commitment to abide by the results of the survey, this should be a seminal achievement for the pound-for-pound king.

We all know how mega-fights are often sidelined due to promotional issues, and financial hurdles. While public acceptance is clearly a factor, the final say is clearly not with the fight fan.

Of course, the savvy Floyd has limited our options to Khan and Maidana, and we all know that it’s Manny Pacquiao the world wants to see him fight.

But that’s Floyd for you and that’s his way of retaining some measure of control over the proceedings.

Still, it’s a lot better than being force-fed a match-up unilaterally concocted by his promoter. This novel gimmick would, to a certain extent honor boxing fans by giving back to them the final choice.

Perhaps it’s a turgid response to Pacquiao’s“fight for charity” challenge, but regardless, as long as Floyd comes through, that would trail-blaze a template that hopefully other fighters can emulate in the near future.

WHY MAIDANA. Maidan’s swarming brawling style is considered perfect fodder for the sharp-shooting Mayweather. But didn’t we hear this before the AdrienBroner fight?

In that fight, Maidana surprised pundits (and Broner of course), by his success in finding his man. He dropped Broner twice and dominated him. Can he do the same to Floyd?

I’ve always believed that the best way to handle Floyd is to swarm him and get busy by hitting him from all angles. He’s a terrific counter-puncher in the middle of the ring where he can study and pot-shot his opponent and utilize his blinding hand speed.

But if you corner him along the ropes, he usually clinches and ties you up.

He doesn’t have the inside fighting skills of a James Toney or a Bernard Hopkins and he has trouble when an opponent pins and bullies him along the ropes.

To a certain extent, Oscar de la Hoya found success in this approach, but the “Golden Boy” lacked the stamina to sustain the pressure till the final rounds.

Another important consideration is that an opponent has to have the size and strength to handle Floyd--which Oscar did-- and I think Maidana has the edge in this department over Khan.

Khan is a fluid boxer who has power and speed, but I doubt he can match up well against Floyd other than give him a few competitive rounds.

When Khan and Maidana fought in 2010, the former escaped with a unanimous decision win and was lucky to have survived the final round.

VERBATIM“ My phone is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All he has to do is to call me. ” -Manny Pacquiao on the Mayweather fight (video interview on Fox Sports.

LAST ROUNDS. Are on birthday celebrators Jingle Knight and Daphne Salimbangon, and my dad, the late Atty. Froilan V. Quijano who would have turned 78 last Feb. 7 Cheers!

(jingo_quijano@yahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 09, 2014.

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