It’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. time again.
The No. 1 fighter in the world takes on Marcos Maidana on Saturday in Las Vegas, the first of two visits to the ring this year that will certainly draw more than a million pay-per-view buys and seize the attention of fans worldwide.
And, of course, THE RING Magazine gives you a detailed preview package to whet your appetite in our June 2014 issue, which is on newsstands now.
In our lead story, regular contributor Ron Borges opines in Ducking Opponents? No way that criticizing Mayweather for avoiding tough fights isn’t fair. He has generally faced the best … but on his terms.
Tim Smith, another contributor to THE RING, understands the value of the pay-per-view business model but suggests in Short Sighted? that it isn’t good for the sport because it doesn’t cater to a wide enough audience.
In That’s How He Rolls, contributor Bernard Fernandez asked five boxing experts to break down Mayweather’s signature defensive move – the shoulder roll. The results are fascinating.
Contributor Norm Frauenheim writes in More of the Same? that Maidana has considerable momentum after his stunning victory over Adrien Broner but faces the same monumental challenge so many have failed miserably to meet.
And, in our head-to-head analysis, RingTV.com Editor Doug Fischer provides his unparalleled breakdown of the Mayweather-Maidana matchup in 20 key categories.
Elsewhere in the issue, contributor Keith Idec writes in Gimpy or Great? that the key to middleweight champ Sergio Martinez’s chances against Miguel Cotto on June 7 is his health. Martinez expects to be 100 percent. We’ll see.
In The Birth of ‘Ali,’ contributor Thomas Hauser recounts how Muhammad Ali’s trip to Africa in 1964 played a profound role in the young champion’s identity.
And contributor Bart Barry writes in Favorite Son that Felix Trinidad and his fans in Puerto Rico had a passionate love affair. The story is part of our ongoing series on the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014, which includes Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Joe Calzaghe.
In our monthly departments:
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