Marcos Maidana Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on August 29, 2014
Marcos Maidana Meets the Press
"Don’t be a little bitch and run around. Come and fight like a man. Stand and fight me."

Maidana’s taunts are an assumption, a distortion, an oversimplification. Mayweather will fight as he always fights…

The rematch between Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) is fast approaching. On Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, the two fighters will attempt to settle that which was presumably not settled when they fought four months earlier.

In anticipation of the big event, Maidana met with the press via teleconference call and is as convinced he’ll win the second fight as he is convinced he won the first.

Because Mayweather is a Nevada native, because Mayweather is Mayweather, the thinking is that Maidana will not, cannot win a decision in Money’s backyard.

“I don’t agree with that statement.” said Maidana, who isn’t packaged, isn’t programmed, and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. “I think that I can win by decision or by knockout. The first fight was a very close fight. It was a decision that was a majority decision, so I feel that I just have to make a few adjustments, put a little more pressure on, land better punches, and yes I can win, I can win by decision. But obviously the knockout would be nice, and that’s a possibility as well.”

Maidana was asked about the aforementioned “few adjustments.” More often than not, fighters are reluctant to reveal their game plan before a fight—but not Marcos Maidana.

“The first fight I think that my attack, the pressure, was very good, but I didn’t do well with my distance control. I think I smothered a lot of my punches, I wasn’t able to really catch him with good solid shots, being able to extend my punches, and that’s one of the things that I’m working on. Because I smothered my punches I don’t really think I ever hurt him, but this time around if I get him with good solid shots, work my distance control, I think I can hurt him.”

Some have questioned the wisdom of the rematch coming so soon after the first fight; not from Mayweather’s perspective, but from Maidana’s.

“I think it’s an advantage for me,” said the contrarian from Argentina. “It might be a little bit of an advantage for him, but I think it benefits me more having a rematch with him. I’m able to correct the mistakes I made in the first fight and take advantage of his mistakes. Even though he makes very few mistakes I already know what they are, and I think I can exploit that and take advantage of them.”

Floyd Mayweather, however elevated his skills, is all about money and the revenue he generates. Maidana was asked, somewhat naively, if Money granted him the rematch because he felt he deserved it, or because the first fight, which disappointingly had under a million buys, set the table for the second pay-per-view fight between the two men.

“I really don’t think about that,” Maidana said dismissively. “I really don’t care. My concern is winning the fight. I want to beat him this time. I’m going to do whatever it takes to beat him.”

Not satisfied with Maidana’s answer, because it wasn’t the answer he wanted, the questioner decided to press the issue by asking, “Who really gave who the rematch? Did Floyd give you the rematch or were you willing to give him the rematch?”

The presser had just begun, but Maidana’s patience was already growing thin, and he wasn’t alone.

“Look,” he said, “I really don’t know the details how it came about. My manager, Sebastian Contursi, called me, and he just said, ‘Hey, we got the rematch,’ and I’m happy.”

It’s good that Maidana is happy, because those asking questions were not. To express that unhappiness, inadvertently or otherwise, the same question, slightly reworded, was asked again.

“I think that I got the rematch because it was a close fight,” said Maidana in a voice tinged with exasperation. “He probably wants to prove a point. He wants to demonstrate that he can beat me outright. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the rematch is happening.”

In attempt to explain Maidana’s performance against boxing’s pound-for-pound king, many look at Mayweather’s age and the resultant slowing down, rather than acknowledging Maidana’s achievement of handing Adrien Broner his first loss.

“I don’t think age has anything to do with it. I don’t think it does because in the first fight, yeah, he could’ve fought with me a little bit, but then he started boxing and moving at times. So I don’t think age has anything to do with it. He’s a good athlete. He’s in shape. I think that it was his decision to stand and fight with me. This second fight I hope he decides to stand and fight with me, to fight like a man. I hope he doesn’t start running or trying to move away. “

This “fighting like a man” business is as old as water but hardly as refreshing. If a fighter can hit not get hit in return, why should he tempt fate by standing and fighting like a man? Three possible reasons come to mind: (1) to satisfy the fans, (2) to satisfy Maidana, or (3) to satisfy a neurologist in waiting.

Maidana’s trainer, Robert Garcia, who knows boxing as well as anyone, thinks Maidana’s challenge makes sense, although he didn’t explain why.

“Let’s stand in front,” said Garcia, “let’s exchange punches, and let’s see who is the better man is. Let’s see who is the stronger man is, and we’ll show him the difference there.”

“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,” Maidana recalled. “The times when he decided to box were because I let him. I let him get away. I let him be able to box and move. 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. It’s time for him to stop crying and just fight. Don’t be a little bitch and run around. Come and fight like a man. Stand and fight me.”

Despite Maidana’s taunts, which are an assumption, a distortion, an oversimplification, Mayweather will fight as he chooses to fight, as he always fights. He’s not concerned with someone else’s perception of his manhood, nor should he be. He’s concerned with winning—which is what it’s all about

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  1. Robert Ecksel 08:16am, 08/29/2014

    Right on the Money, Irish.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:28am, 08/29/2014

    He’s obviously given the whole thing some thought…..all of this analysis is fine and dandy….but….what he really needs to do is obviously hurt Floyd more than once during the fight possibly put him down a time or two and he might get the nod….maybe. A stroke of luck like a cut early on that bothers the fuk out of Floyd would be nice but don’t count on that because in addition to being a quick twitch, muscle memory freak of nature, Floyd is not only not cut prone he’s cut averse.

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