The 31 year-old has taken an extended break from the sport since being defeated twice by pound for pound king Mayweather in 2014 as Maidana prepares to tie the knot with fiancé Mariana later this month.
Reflecting on his performances against Mayweather, the first one of which he was highly praised for, Maidana was very honest in his assessment as ‘Chino’ weighs up what will be a very important next step in his career later this year.
“I think it was a great experience,” Maidana told World Boxing News.
“Before the first fight almost nobody would give me any chance, not only to win the fight, but to win more than three rounds. I proved that I have what it take to fight at the very highest level, but am I happy with that? – No.
“Mayweather has proven to be the best fighter in the last few decades so I’m not going to be that tough on myself – just because I couldn’t beat the best.
“I have always said that any boxer always works in his career to face the best names like Mayweather and also Pacquiao, not just boxing-wise but economically-wise. Real fighters want to try themselves against the very best amd I am no different. However, I don’t think a fight with Manny would happen even if he lost to Mayweather.
“Danny Garcia is the one I want. I’ve already said that a few months ago, but now Danny has been criticized about his win against Peterson. I enjoy facing fighters that not only like to box but also to engage and don’t run that much. Danny is one of them. He fights and I fight so it would be an entertaining bout for the fans.
“On top of that, Danny beat my fellow countryman Lucas Matthysse and I want to avenge that for my country. I would give Garcia a nice welcome to the welterweight division if he doesn’t rematch Peterson,” he added.
Another option for Maidana could well be a second fight with Adrien Broner, whom he dominated the first time they met in December 2013, as ‘The Problem’ has made a successful comeback and is known to harbour hopes of his own revenge.
Maidana may have to wait until Broner fulfils his dream of becoming a four-weight world champion down at 140lbs first, but that fight is certainly one that would engage the fans attention whether it happens again this year or next.