Former boxing referee Joe Cortez believes Floyd Mayweather will comprehensively defeat Marcos Maidana on May 3.
Pound-for-pound king Mayweather will go head-to-head with the Argentinian in Las Vegas - but Cortez can only see one outcome.
“I think that Maywweather is gonna take Maidana to school,” he was quoted as saying by ABS-CBNnews.com, before emphasising the point: “He’s gonna take Maidana to school!”
Cortez, who retired from refereeing in September 2012 and now works as a boxing analyst for ESPN, believes that Maidana is a “decent fighter”, describing him as “aggressive”.
However, the Puerto Rican believes that Mayweather’s superior speed could prove decisive on the night.
“Mayweather is very crafty, has great defense, has great speed, has great lateral movement,” Cortez continued. “Mayweather doesn’t like to get hit, he doesn’t hardly ever get hit, and he sure doesn’t want to get hit by Maidana, because Maidana does have a good knockout punch.
“Let’s see what happens, but I think Maidana is gonna have his hands full, because I’ve been in the ring with both fighters, and I can tell you – Floyd Mayweather has a lot more speed, a lot more boxing skills than any fighter out there, including Maidana.”
Cortez also had his say on Mayweather’s controversial decision to reject a big-money bout with British boxer Amir Khan.
“Khan hasn’t really beaten anybody of importance for him to get the Mayweather fight,” he added. “I think that Maidana earned the position to fight Floyd Mayweather now.”