Floyd Mayweather’s right hand man Leonard Ellerbe believes the current two-weight world title holder is even more driven to succeed against Marcos Maidana on September 13 when the pair collide for a second time.
Pound for pound king Mayweather, 37, battles 31 year-old Maidana having edged out the Argentinian in May via a majority decision and Ellerbe say there is even more needle between the fighters time around.
“Although the first fight was very close between Floyd and Chino, there are no nerves for me, mainly because I don’t have to step inside the ring,” said Ellerbe.
“Floyd is very prepared for this fight and is extremely motivated in his preparation. He has some added incentive because Chino has been talking a lot of trash and Floyd finds that very disrespectful.
“Chino has said that Floyd isn’t the great boxer that everyone thinks he is because he has been in the ring with him already. Come September 13th, Chino has to confront all the things he has been saying about Floyd head on.
“I think this fight will start at the 13th round versus going back to the first round. Floyd is very determined to stop Chino. Floyd wants to stop him to make a point that he doesn’t want his ability to be second-guessed.
“Floyd feels in his mind that he absolutely won the first fight and some of the fans thought that Maidana had won the fight. Floyd has vowed that he will pick up right where he left off and make the fight as exciting as possible to prove to the fans that the first victory was warranted.”
‘Chino’ Maidana has earned a shot at not only the 147lbs title, but the 154lbs belt also for the eagerly-anticipated rematch, and will be set to overhaul Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather as the world’s best boxer if he can come out on top next week.
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