Exciting welterweight Marcos Maidana has spoken to WBN this week as the Argentinian puncher aims to become a two-weight world champion on December 14 when he takes on Adrien Broner at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas.
The 30 year-old, who has blasted out his last three opponents, tackles the widely-tipped future pound for pound number one Broner in a change from their original date at the MGM Grand on pay-per-view.
Whilst ‘Chino’ comes into the fight in great form, Broner has received the worst criticism of his career so far on the back of some outside of the ring antics and what Maidana sees as a less than sparkling split decision win over Paulie Malignaggi in June.
“I think it was not as convincing as many were expecting from him and Paulie really gave him trouble in a close fight,” Maidana told World Boxing News.
“However, that performance doesn’t change the fact that Broner is quite a great fighter and I’m expecting a much better version of him on December 14th.”
The two have been embroiled in some fiery exchanges on Twitter over the last few months and as the South American explained, almost came to blows at a chance meeting in Las Vegas in the run up to Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez last month.
“That was nothing out of the ordinary from him. He has a big mouth and loves to show-off all the time. We had a little argument but that was it. I’m a low-profile person but if someone doesn’t respect me I won’t respect him – whether it’s inside or outside of the ring.”
Broner was in town that night to watch close friend Mayweather dominate Alvarez over twelve rounds at a 152lb catchweight. The general consensus is that ‘The Problem’ is a natural successor to the P4P No.1, something Maidana was rather sceptical of when quizzed on the comparisons between the two.
“It is possible that Broner copies Mayweather’s style and maybe he has the skills, but there is only one Mayweather,” he said.
Maidana then eluded to the potential for a knockout in the fight when the pair square-off for Broner’s WBA title; “I will be looking to knock him out like I always do in all my fights, although at this stage of my career when I have the best fighters in front of me in each fight, I know I cannot simply expect to land one single punch to beat them.
“I have to work the fight to demolish Broner before I get my final punch to end the fight.”
Talk with every top fighter at 147lbs these days almost always ends with a question on future fights with the biggest two names in the division this was no different, with Maidana keeping his options open as a second championship victory hangs in the balance.
“I have been and I am always open to face the best and that won’t change. Pacquiao and Mayweather are something else at the moment and every fighter in the world wants to face them, but right now it’s Broner’s time,” concluded the former 140lb champion.
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