American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he will treat his upcoming welterweight showdown against Marcos Maidana as a “chess match,” as he vowed not to make any reckless moves against the dangerous Argentine.
Mayweather and Maidana will battle in a title unification bout on May 3 at the MGM Grand, and the unbeaten American has been installed as a massive favorite.
“To me, the sport of boxing is like a game of chess,” Mayweather said during a media workout in his Las Vegas gym, as quoted by the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Every move has to be thought of. You don’t just make the move.”
“In checkers, you can make reckless moves. In chess, you take your time, and your moves are thought about. You study the board before you make your move,” he added.
“It’s the same in boxing. Before I make a move, I study my opponent and anticipate what he’s going to do before I make my move.”
Mayweather assured his supporters that he will be his usual smart self against Maidana, who is known for his come-forward style of fighting, as well as tremendous punching power.
“I’m a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart,” he said, as quoted by PhilBoxing. “Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless.” [http://philboxing.com/news/story-94582.html]
Mayweather also told Fight Hype that he will have a “well-rounded” approach to the fight, and plans to take advantage of any opportunities that will come his way.[ http://www.fighthype.com/news/article16749.html]
“If he leaves an opening on his face, we are gonna take it. If he leaves an opening on his body, we are gonna take it,” said Mayweather.
He is also confident that he can avoid Maidana’s punches, something that will be vital as the Argentine has won 31 fights by knockout.
“I can feel a guy when he’s gonna punch,” Mayweather explained. “I don’t even have to see it. I can feel it. That’s just with experience and being around the sport so long.”
“I can feel a guy when he’s gonna shoot a shot. A lot of times, guys telegraph it; their body language tells what shots they’re gonna shoot, because of how they position themselves,” he added.
“But my thing is, whatever a guy’s best attribute is, what he does best, my goal is to take that away from him and make him resort to doing something else.”