Ex-Mayweather foe says Maidana is 'too slow'


Posted at Mar 25 2014 04:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 26 2014 12:56 AM

Former world champion Zab Judah considers Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana “too slow” to give Floyd Mayweather Jr. a true challenge in their welterweight showdown on May 3 in Las Vegas.

Judah has first-hand experience against Mayweather, having fought the American in April 2006. In an eventful fight that saw a melee occur between the two camps, Mayweather won a wide unanimous decision.

Speaking to Hustle Boss, Judah expressed his confidence that Mayweather will be able to comfortably beat the hard-hitting Argentine.

“As long as Floyd comes in there and he’s still on his A-game, I think it’s going to be another situation of another Floyd showdown,” said Judah.

“He’s going to come in there with great defense and great speed and great accuracy. I think Marcos Maidana, he’s too slow,” he added.

Judah believes that Mayweather’s defense – the American is considered the premier defensive boxer of his generation – will overcome Maidana and his come-forward style.

“Defense, that’s the number one thing. I don’t care what you do in life – defense is the number one thing,” said Judah. “The name of the game is to hit and not be hit.”

Maidana had earned the right to fight Mayweather after beating the erstwhile undefeated Adrien Broner.

“Maidana did exactly what he had to do. He got the opportunity and he took full advantage of it. This is boxing,” said Judah. “But I think, him fighting Floyd – it’s a whole different situation.”