If you’re preparing to bet on this weekend’s welterweight championship boxing bout between ballyhooed champion Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO) and his less heralded, but powerful opponent, Marcos Maidana(35-3, 31 KO), then you should know that the age-old ‘Tale of the Tape’ tells its own tale to a large extent.
You see, while these statistics are often dismissed as just numbers, the Tale of the Tape really is an eye-opening trek that often speaks volumes about each fighter’s skill set.
Before we get to that however, let’s take a quick look at how each boxer performed in their previous bout.
Mayweather remained undefeated by winning his last bout, but that’s not all as the polarizing champion put on one of his most commanding performances in recent years to completely embarrass Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September and retain his Junior Middleweight Championship with an easy majority decision win.
Maidana has won four consecutive fights and shocked the boxing establishment by upsetting Adrien Broner in December. The hard-hitting Maidana floored the veteran twice en route to the commanding victory and accompanying WBA Welterweight Championship.
Mayweather vs. Maidana Tale of the Tape
- Nickname: El Chino
- Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
- Reach: 69 in
- Nationality: Argentine
- Age: 30
- Stance: Orthodox
- Record: 35-3. 31 KO’s
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
- Nicknames: Pretty Boy, Money
- Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
- Reach: 72 in ( 183 cm )
- Nationality: American
- Age: 37
- Stance: Orthodox
As you can see from the above statistics, Floyd Mayweather owns the advantage in both, height and reach. What you don’t see on the Tale of the Tape is Mayweather’s edge in hand speed, experience, defense and almost even degree of punching power.
One more thing that the Tale of the Tape doesn’t show is the quality of each fighter’s opponents. While I don’t necessarily want to trash Marcos Maidana’s opponents, the fact of the matter is that the 30-year-old has only fought a handful of fighters that could be considered elite or close to it.
Mayweather, on the other hand, has as many meaningful victories over quality opponents as Maidana has fights. Money Mayweather has stepped in the ring against widely-respected like Miguel Cotto, Sugar Shane Moseley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah and even Arturo Gatti.
The Tale of the Tape clearly favors Mayweather, except in the age department, but the longtime champ has looked anything but old in recent years.