Former world champion and current welterweight contender Devon Alexander is backing Floyd Mayweather to get back to his old domineering self on Saturday night and defeat Marcos Maidana in more impressive fashion.
Alexander sees Mayweather’s age being a factor in the first fight being so close, but says if the pound for pound gets it right on the night, the only way Maidana can pull off a shock is to force a stoppage.
“No matter what some people think, the first Mayweather fight was close, but that is just my opinion,” Alexander told World Boxing News.
“It was closer than people thought it would be, but in the end I think the first result was a good decision. Mayweather managed to pull it off, although I think Floyd took his tactics too lightly and thought he was just going to go straight through Maidana easily.”
“That maybe down to Mayweather’s age as I have been seeing a decline in his workrate and his legs lately and he is not as elusive anymore as he use to be.
“Floyd has to go back to fighting smart and I think in this fight he will do that. He knows better than anyone that he has to box and I believe he will do that all night to go for a wide decision.
“For Maidana, the pressure he put on the first fight can help him in the rematch, but the only way he can really win is to go for the KO,” he added.
Mayweather once named Alexander as his opponent back in early 2013 before the WBC intervened and announced that ‘Money’ had to fight mandatory Robert Guerrero, although ‘The Great’ remains one of a host of contenders to face the world’s best in 2015.
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