Marcos Maidana will continue to be his usual marauding self when the Argentine once again shares the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this weekend.
The 31 year-old came as close as anyone to dethroning the world’s top athlete from his lofty perch in May, and says the pressure he put Mayweather under the first time with be cranked up for the rematch.
“I have to keep pressuring him,” said Maidana. “When I was able to pressure him in the first fight and get him on the ropes and fight with him, make him fight, I did very, very well. Whenever he moved, that’s when I had problems with him, but this fight here I want him to stand and fight like a man.
“This fight I’m not going to respect him. I’m not going to respect him. I’m going to go at him, and I want him to fight like a man. Stop crying like a little b**** and fight.
“I’m going to do my job. I’m going to come to fight. I want him to come and to fight, and to stand and fight like a man. Don’t be a little b**** and run around. Come and fight like a man. Stand and fight me.
“I’m going to try (to knock him out). It’s very difficult to knock out Floyd because he runs, but I’m going to do my best, and we’ll see what happens. I’m preparing for anything. I hope that he stands and fights. But if he’s going to run like a little b**** I’m going to have to chase him all around, and I’m prepared to do that.”
On whether the change of referee from Tony Weeks to Kenny Bayless and use of 8oz gloves will have any affect on how the fights pans out, Maidana added: “Maybe. Maybe the referee is going to intervene. Maybe he’s going to be a big part of the fight. I really don’t know. I’m going to go in there and I’m going to do my job. I’m going to do what I’ve been training for, what my work is, and I’m going to go there and work. It really doesn’t matter to me,” he stated.
“(With the gloves) There is no problem. The Powerlock is a good glove, and we have to wear that-we are already training in it just in case, but I have no problem. I’m already training my fighter to be prepared for that.”
Finally, Maidana addressed what could be next no matter the result, to which he replied: “I’m not thinking about anything else but the fight. I’m not thinking about what’s after this. I’m just thinking about this fight and winning this fight. That’s all I’m thinking about.”
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