2. The gloves, it’s gotta be the gloves!
This one is still being debated. Last go around on the eve of the bout Mayweather refused to allow a thinner, lighter, more puncher friendly glove to be used for the fight. This type of glove certainly would have favored a puncher like Maidana in the first bout. Would have it been the deciding factor? Probably not, but we’ll never know. This go around the Maidana camp has called Floyd out on it, but the question of gloves has yet to be answered. It could be a game changer. We’ll have to wait and see for the answer.
3. Full Training Camp
Little known fact about the first go-around and only recently revealed by the Maidana camp was that Chino only had five weeks to prepare for the first bout. Add to that he also had a wife about to give birth any day – and she actually did, several days after the bout. So easy to see why focus could have been an issue for Chino. This go around Chino has a full eight weeks and no life-changing events to divert him – is a more prepped and focused Maidana even more of a threat?