Marcos Maidana threw nearly a thousand punches in a display of aggression reminiscent of the Manny Pacquiao of 2008-2009. He knocked Adrien Broner down twice, once in the second round and again in the 8th en route to a unanimous decision victory. Official scores were 115-110, 116-109, 117-109.
Whether or not Maidana becomes the next Manny Pacquiao, one thing is for sure. He just made top honors in Mayweather's "avoid list." Maidana, viewed as a crude and one-dimensional slugger who many expected to give Broner the kind of fight that would highlight Broner's superb boxing skills, overwhelmed and overpowered Broner with non-stop offense.
It could very well be a picture of what would've happened in Pacquiao-Mayweather had the fight taken place 4 years ago. It could actually be a picture of what would happen should Maidana win the Mayweather lottery, with the premise being Mayweather trying to avenge his "little brother's" loss.
Two things Maidana possesses that no Mayweather opponent in the past 10 years has had are power and all-out aggression. Add to that a solid chin, respectable speed and underrated intelligence and you've got the makings of another upset. Maidana comes in with the type of reckless abandon that would not only give Mayweather fits, but would completely unravel him.
I've said it a thousand times and I'll say it again, Mayweather does not do well against aggressive, offense-minded fighters. Mayweather's brand of counter-punching works the best against opponents who give him the space he needs to operate like a surgeon.
Mayweather can steal rounds against foes who try to outbox him and throw not much more than he does in a round. Mayweather doesn't trade punches, he waits for the other guy to finish before throwing back. Maidana does not finish, he just keeps on throwing. The biggest difference in a fight between Maidana and Broner, and between Maidana and Mayweather is that Broner's chin is much more reliable than Floyd's.
Maidana could stop Mayweather within 6 rounds, which the boxing world would rightfully consider the greatest upset in boxing history since Douglas knocked Tyson out over 20 years ago. However, the bigger upset would be if Mayweather actually agreed to fight Maidana.