Maidana: I can’t waste my punches with Floyd, must cut off the ring

Maidana, 31, gave a good showing of himself in May when pushing Mayweather to a close split decision, but believes a fuller camp and sharper tactics this time around will reap it’s rewards in the MGM Grand rematch.

“I have to use my distance a little more and pick and choose my punches. I wasted too many punches last fight. I have to work my distance correctly and get leverage,” said Maidana.

“I think Floyd got pressured by the press and I think that he knows the first fight was close so he’s giving me the rematch and I have to take full advantage.

“I actually had two full months to prepare this time. I worked very hard and that’s probably why I look a little skinnier this time.

“I think Floyd is going to run but I’m going to have to do a good job of cutting off the ring,” he added.

The Argentinian has the chance to knock Mayweather off his mantle as the world’s premiere athlete if successful this weekend, but may be up against a much more focused champion when the first bell rings in Las Vegas.

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