Zab Judah speaking in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)
By Chris Robinson
The training camp of Floyd Mayweather is heating up in Las Vegas and as if often the case with the game’s best fighter, there have been a bevy of fellow fighters, supporters, and fans swinging through the Mayweather Boxing Club to show their support.
Mayweather faces off with WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana on May 3 inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a fight he is heavily favored in.
Catching up with former two-division champion Zab Judah right outside of the gym this past weekend, he expressed his belief that Mayweather will find a way to handle his rugged Argentinean foe.
“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,” Judah explained. “He’s going to come in there with great defense and great speed and great accuracy. I think Marcos Maidana, he’s too slow.”
Judah went on to add that he feels if Adrien Broner had been in better shape, he would have found a way to defeat Maidana in their matchup this past December in San Antonio.
Instead, Maidana ended up dropping Broner twice on his way to handing the brash former titlist his first loss as a professional in one of the year’s biggest upsets.
“Maidana did exactly what he had to do,” Judah said, reflecting back to the fight. “He got the opportunity and he took full advantage of it. This is boxing. This is what you’re supposed to do. You just have to credit him on doing what he had to do at the time. But I think him fighting Floyd, it’s a whole different situation.”
Asked what is the biggest difference Maidana will find in facing off with Mayweather as opposed to Broner, Judah was quick to answer.
“Defense,” Judah stated. “That’s the number one thing. I don’t care what you do in life, defense is the number one thing. The name of the game is to hit and not be hit. Punchers like Tyson, they spoiled the game. But us little guys, we’ve got to stick to the plan. The plan is to hit and not be hit.”
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