Former WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana has fired back at Floyd Mayweather’s comments that he is a dirty fighter as the two wrapped up their press tour of America this week.
The 30 year-old, who pushed Mayweather to a majority verdict in May, gets another chance to become the first to defeat the pound for pound best and believes ‘Money’ uses all the tricks he can to keep his unbeaten record intact.
“Back in May, I tried to get the attention of the referee in the eighth round because Floyd was fighting very dirty and he didn’t even honor that, he tried to pull a Victor Ortiz shot on me,” said Maidana.
“That’s the type of fighter he is – dirty and sneaky. In all of his fights, he [Mayweather] brings his elbows out. He really likes to use his elbows.
“One of his moves is to put his elbow in the fighter’s throat and the referee for some reason let him get away with it. We all know he [Mayweather] does whatever he wants because he has the judges in his pocket. He is a dirty fighter.
Maidana’s outspoken views are certain to have an underlying effect on Mayweather, although the WBC and WBA title holder would never show it in public. Mayweather, 37, has been embroiled in a war of words with Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia – which has overshadowed the build-up and things have threatened to boil over on a few occasions already.
The pair now have a cooling off period before they come together for the pay-per-view photo-shoots and studio media interviews as ‘Mayhem’ is promoted around in the world ahead of the September 13 showdown.
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