Two years ago, any boxing would have laughed at the idea of Marcos "El Chino" Maidana fighting Floyd Mayweather, the greatest active boxer in the world.
Two years ago, Maidana wasn't training under Robert Garcia.
Once a reckless brawler with incredible force of will and fearsome power, Maidana has spent the last two years of his career cultivating a more measured style. The jab is now his most frequent weapon, and he uses it to measure his opponents and blind them to the approach of his awkward overhand right. Garcia has turned Maidana into a skilled pressure fighter--who still has inredible force of will and fearsome power.
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In Maidana's fight wither Adrien Broner, all of those newfound skills came to the forefront. Broner may have received too much hype too soon, but Maidana put on an absolute masterclass against the Cincinnati boxer, knocking him down twice and humiliating him in the process.
Rewatch the fight above, and then join us tomorrow night on Bloody Elbow for live coverage of Maidana's battle with the champ, Floyd Mayweather.