Two-weight world champion Marcos Maidana is working on a new plan as the Argentine continues his quest to become the first fighter to defeat Floyd Mayweather.
Maidana, 31, pushed the pound for pound king hard in their first meeting last May and is determined to go one better on September 13 when the two trade punches again for versions of the world title at 147 and 154lbs.
“Looking back at my first fight, I think I can improve my punching accuracy, but my attack overall was very good and effective. I felt I surprised Mayweather. You could see it on his face,” said Maidana.
“Personally, I found it much easier to face up against Floyd this time. When we first fought, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to see him, but I found him in the ring many times.
“I always come out looking for the knockout, but I like the way I fought in the first fight. Maybe the biggest adjustment for me going into this next fight is to keep more of a distance between the two of us. But there is no doubt that I am coming out looking for the win and getting that knockout.
“With this rematch, I don’t know if this fight will be any easier or harder. Mayweather has many skills and I am getting ready for the best that he has to offer.
“There has definitely been more notoriety for me since our first fight. Many things have changed and I have many more fans. But, I have had many big fights in the past including my fights with Adrien Broner and Amir Khan that have given me a lot of recognition.
“Right after the fight, I felt that I had won. I was the aggressor and the one looking to attack. But, the judges saw it differently. I am still happy with the way I fought. I absolutely thought I won the first fight, and I will win again on Sept. 13.”
‘Money’ remains the favourite to keep his unbeaten record in tact, although Maidana’s success in the first fight, along with 37 year-old Mayweather being at the veteran stage of his career, is all set to provide fans with another close fight in Las Vegas.