WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana has addressed some current issues surrounding his recent victory over Adrien Broner, along with throwing his hat firmly into the ring for a shot at pound for pound best Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The hard-hitting Argentinian is amongst a trio of fighters named recently by Mayweather as possibles for his May 3rd date in Las Vegas. Maidana is ready to step up after deciding against a return with Adrien Broner.
Maidana, 30, was linked instantly with Broner following their entertaining first battle in early December but is now of the belief that the manner of the victory means the American won’t be in line for a second bout straight away.
“The Broner fight was as hard as we thought it would be,” Maidana told World Boxing News.
“We knew we had to be 100% prepared and ready as Broner is for real, and he proved it. I feel I beat him fair and square, but he proved tough until the very last bell.
“The strategy from Robert Garcia was to press him all the time by punching the body and not let him think nor get his distance. It paid off.
“Broner was a puncher at 130lbs, but he is not a puncher at 147. At times he landed solid and fast blows, but they never hurt me.
“He has claimed he wants a rematch, but I am told Floyd Mayweather suggested for him to forget about it, hasn’t he? So that should be it.”
A fight with Mayweather is a hot topic amongst fight fans who hope that ‘Money’ avoids the current favorite Amir Khan by choosing Maidana over Pacquiao and the Briton for his late spring outing on Showtime.
‘Chino’ explained to WBN that he is focusing his efforts on landing the Mayweather clash, which would also double up as a massive welterweight unification with the WBA and WBC versions of the title up for grabs.
Mayweather has been vocal towards all three of his potential opponents over the holiday period after posting doctored pictures of himself getting the better of each via his social media outlets, which Maidana clearly hasn’t taken kindly to.
“My next target is obviously Mayweather,” he said. “Especially after he launched those photoshopped posters on the web making fun of me.
“I know some people would give me few chances to beat the best of the world, but I am used to hearing that. People would have to admit two things, though: a) I’m a rough bone to eat and b) no one is unbeatable as even Muhhamad Ali had his Joe Frazier.”
Maidana’s final question was the most controversial as a grainy video was posted in the hours following his win over Broner that some thought portrayed fitness coach Alex Ariza engaging in illegal tactics.
The clip seemed to show the ever-controversial Ariza placing something in tissue and pushing it towards Maidana’s mouth, although that has since been denied as dental cotton rolls by the coach himself.
“To be honest with you, I felt unfortunate because it seemed that someone was trying to take credit away from me after I beat Broner, just because an amateur video posted by who knows who on the net,” pointed out Maidana.
“What can I say? Both Ariza and Cicilio Flores did a great job conditioning me for the Broner fight,” he added.
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