By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBA welterweight champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) of Santa Fe, Argentina met with reporters Saturday afternoon at the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fightnews.com caught up with Maidana as he talked about his May 3 PPV showdown against undefeated pound for pound king WBC welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs).
“We all know he is a great champion but I’m training hard for the best Mayweather,” Maidana told Fightnews.com “I hit very hard, every time I land a solid punch I hurt my opponents then I go for the knockout. That will be the case with Mayweather. When I hit him with a brutal shot, I will finish him!”
Maidana has already begun his preparation as he will be working with his trainer Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California for the fourth time.
“It will be a difficult fight. That’s why we are preparing real well. We are training real hard, putting hard work in the gym,” Maidana said.
“So far things are good. Chino is a doing a great job with Alex (Ariza) in his morning workouts, he’s faster and throwing his combinations faster,” Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia told Fightnews.com. “As you all know, he was a little wild and he still has that tendency but I honestly believe that being awkward, wild, and throwing punches from different angles can be good against Mayweather.”
Coming off a thrilling upset over previously unbeaten Adrien Broner, Maidana battered Broner throughout the fight earning his shot at Floyd. Mayweather is coming off a majority decision win over Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“Mayweather is a much faster fighter. He knows how to utilize the ring and is very well experienced. Broner has a similar style but is not the same fighter. Mayweather is more mature,” Maidana commented.
“I was surprised that I got the fight. We all thought that (Amir) Khan was going to get the fight with Mayweather but in the end he chose me,” Maidana added. “I have always been the underdog for most of my fights I go in there and fight.”
“We will work on cutting the ring, throwing a lot of punches, work the body, mix it up in there,” the Argentinian slugger said. “It would mean a lot to win this for my country. It would be a historical victory, that’s why I want to win this fight.”
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