Top trainer Robert Garcia is of the belief that star fighter Marcos Maidana is better equipped to deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the back of his outstanding performance against the five-weight world champion in May.
Garcia trained Maidana in a much shorter camp the last time around on his way to a split decision defeat, and having had the Argentinian for a longer period heading into the rematch, says a shock victory is within reach.
“Our mindset is exactly the same as it was going into the first fight. We do not need a knockout to win. We can win a decision. We can win a decision by dominating every round,” said Garcia.
“Marcos dominated for half the fight last time before he slowed down a little and sort of faded. He didn’t quite have the energy to do what he wanted for 12 rounds.
“The difference for this fight is that we had eight full weeks of training and not just five. He had more sparring, much better sparring.
“Mayweather is a great fighter, one of the greatest of all-time. I don’t think age has caught up with him. He has always taken such good care of his body. He works very hard. He’s still got that quickness.
“Mayweather’s a smart guy. I think he’s just politicking when he keeps complaining about Maidana being dirty in the first fight.
“Chino gained a lot of confidence in the first fight. That’s a big plus going into the rematch. He feels stronger, mentally and physically. He’s ready to do what he couldn’t quite do last time and that’s fight his fight for 12 rounds,’ he added.
Maidana, 31, and 37 year-old Mayweather have just the weigh-in formalities to conclude on Friday before embarking on what is sure to be another enthralling twelve-round contest on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
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