Argentinian puncher Marcos Maidana is confident that sharing twelve rounds with Floyd Mayweather in May will give him the tools to go out and score a stunning upset in the return this weekend.
The 31 year-old, who is aiming to be the first to defeat Mayweather in 47 contests, pushed the pound for pound best hard at the MGM Grand in the spring and says the column inches lauding the ‘Money’ man’s considerable talents are unfounded.
“He’s not as good as people think,” said Maidana. “I was able to pin him to the ropes and land punches, so he’s not as difficult or as invincible as people think. He’s hittable. You can land on him. I made mistakes. I was a little too anxious. He never hurt me, but he’s got a respectable punch. You’ve got to respect him.
“I already know Mayweather well, and that’s a big plus! I’m different from him, as I do not really like the siege of the media, but it doesn’t distract me from what I’ve planned with my trainer, Robert Garcia. That is to defeat Floyd Mayweather and to make history!” he added.
‘Chino’ is a 5/1 underdog with the bookmakers to achieve the coveted feat of taking Mayweather’s ‘0’ – although may well need a knockout to stand any chance of doing so.
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