Marcos Maidana: Candid Camera

By Robert Ecksel on March 12, 2016
Marcos Maidana: Candid Camera
But I’m not sure how much Jenny Craig knows about defense, let alone throwing a punch.

Maidana looks less like the lean, mean, fighting machine of old than Robert De Niro in the final scene from “Raging Bull” …

You can’t miss him, especially at a picnic or barbecue with his shirt off. But if you go looking for him in a boxing gym, he may be hard to find.

Former WBA World super lightweight and welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (35-5, 31KOs), the hard-hitting gaucho from Jose Leon Suarez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, has not fought in a year and a half. He may be suffering a letdown after losing to Floyd Mayweather in his last two fights. But he hasn’t formally retired.

His body, however, by all appearances, may have already thrown in the towel.

Looking less like the lean, mean, fighting machine of old than Robert De Niro in the final scene from “Raging Bull,” the above photo has been making the rounds with all manner of gasp, cluck, tsk and head-shaking.

Maidana has spoken about returning to active duty once he decides to stop eating, but he wants to make sure it’s worth his while. He wants Mayweather money or no money at all, which is not happening. Not only has Mayweather retired, and the big money he generates has retired with him, but Maidana, without pulling any punches, looks like hell.

If Maidana returns, an ‘if’ as big as his waistline at the moment, he’ll presumably return to welterweight. But getting down to 147 won’t be easy.

During an interview with, Maidana’s trainer, Robert Garcia, said it will take several months to work off all that excess flab in a “safe” manner.

For a trainer and gym with a history of fighters failing to make weight, maybe Maidana and Garcia are not, in this instance, the perfect fit.

But I’m not sure how much Jenny Craig knows about defense, let alone throwing a punch.

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  1. Aztec Warrior 06:21pm, 03/14/2016

    Yes, sir. You are correct. “El Chino” Maidana is indeed Latino.

  2. AkT 03:32pm, 03/14/2016

    @Aztec Warrior - great response. If you notice though, I did say “usually never quite the same”. I factored in those exceptions.

    I thought Chino had Latino genes, no?

  3. Aztec Warrior 08:01am, 03/14/2016

    I humbly and respectfully disagree. JM Marquez, Miguel Cotto and Canelo all lost to Money May and continue to have success in the ring. Probably something to do with the Latin genes :)

  4. AkT 05:40pm, 03/13/2016

    Mayweather doesn’t knock out his opponents but they’re usually never quite the same after they’ve been in the ring with him.

  5. Pete The Sneak 09:47am, 03/13/2016

    Hey, Chino is living La Vida Loca…Good for him…Peace.

  6. Eric 07:50am, 03/12/2016

    Used to be that 33 years of age was considered “old” in boxing, but nowadays, 33 might be the new 25. “El Chino” can easily drop the pounds at his age,  and it shouldn’t effect him that much if he drops the weight slowly through a sensible diet and exercise. No more frijoles and arroz, lay off the bananas etc., stick to fish & chicken and steamed green veggies instead. It really is disturbing at how many “young” guys nowadays have the bodies of much older men. Used to be that flabby guys in their teens, twenties and even thirties was relatively rare even among sedentary folks, and we even ate all kinds of junk back in the day. Always amazed at how the number of young adult males out there that can’t even perform 5 legitimate dead hang pull-ups, some aren’t even capable of performing one single decent pull-up.

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