Top stats to know: Mayweather vs. Maidana
May, 2, 2014
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Isaac BrekkenFloyd Mayweather (left) will face Marcos Maidana on Saturday.Floyd Mayweather will be defending his WBC welterweight title for the second time on Saturday when he faces Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Here are the top stats to know about Saturday's fight:
A man of many weights
Mayweather is regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The 2007 and 2013 Fighter of the Year has won world titles in five different weight classes, one of five fighters to do so. He boasts a record of 45-0 with 26 knockouts. Twenty-two of those victories have come in world title fights.
Don't count out Maidana
Maidana (35-3, 31 KO) won the WBA Welterweight Title in December 2013 when he upset Adrien Broner, a protégé of Mayweather, by unanimous decision. Known for his aggressive power punches, Maidana has knocked out 31 opponents in 35 victories. In his last three tracked fights, Maidana has thrown an average of 60 percent power punches.
Numbers never lie
Mayweather’s claim as the world’s best fighter is backed by numbers, and not just his in-ring record. According to Compubox, Mayweather owns the sport’s best plus/minus rating (+24). Plus/minus rating is determined by subtracting opponent's connect percentage from a listed fighter's overall connect percentage. In his victory over Canelo Álvarez, Mayweather’s plus/minus was +24 (46 percent to 22 percent).
Money gets money
Mayweather holds an 11-0 record at MGM Grand and in the venue’s history of hosting boxing events, “Money” has the top two largest gates and four of the top 10. Mayweather also holds claim to being the highest paid athlete in the world in 2013 at over $73 million, according to ESPN the Magazine’s Money Issue.