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22 OCTOBER 2014

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Press Conference: Maidana All Business/Mayweather Retirement Hint

By: Mike Sloan in Las VegasUnless there is some genuine bad blood between the combatants, the final pre-fight press conferences in the fight game are usually tame. Typically, the fighters express many a thank-you to many people, reveal how hard they’ve trained and promise victories. The same rang true with the final presser leading up to the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana event this afternoon, though both men were a little more serious and focused than usual.


Pic by Mike Sloan
Pic by Mike Sloan

Maidana kept things short and sweet; he was on the dais with trainer Robert Garcia acting as his interpreter for all of three minutes. He meant what he said and seemed a little agitated in front of the hundreds of media and decided to keep his words terse. For Mayweather, by far the biggest name in the sport, he relished being in front of the large audience and toyed with the notion of possibly retiring.

 

“I may have three fights after this, I’m really not sure,” he stated at one point. I don’t know what I’m going to do… If I feel like walking away I’ll walk away.”

 

Though it’s unlikely that the biggest draw this sport has seen since Oscar de la Hoya will finally hang up his gloves for good, he promised to make his duel with the Argentinean a memorable one, a fight that everybody will remember as long as they live (Golden Boy CEO Richard Shaefer continuously echoed that sentiment). But whether that means that “Money” will stand toe-to-toe with the ferocious puncher remains to be seen, but Mayweather was adamant that fireworks will explode on Saturday night inside the Grand Garden Arena.

 

 


“I can promise you this: Saturday, I’m going to give you guys what you want to see,” he proclaimed. “It’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Canelo (Alvarez); it’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Robert Guerrero. It’s going to be a totally different fight. No game plan at all. I’m going to be right there.”

 

Most observers scoffed at the thought of Mayweather, easily boxing’s greatest defensive fighter - long criticized for always being a bit too defensive – would dare to try and match power with power against the knockout artist, but the undefeated champion in five weight divisions was steadfast.

 

“I’m looking to win and I’m looking to win very impressively,” Mayweather said. “I’m pretty sure he’s coming straight ahead and we’ll see how the fight plays out.”

 

Mayweather stood on the dais for about 15 minutes, a stark contrast to the abrupt, almost angry Maidana when he spoke. Though he used little words, he certainly spoke volumes in what he said and how he said it.

 

“I’m prepared for whatever he brings. If he wants to trade blows, we’ll trade blows,” Maidana said in Spanish. “If he wants to run, we can handle that, too. We’re prepared for everything… Mayweather is a great fighter, but I don’t give a f*@k about this guy.”

 

Some have grumbled about the fact that Mayweather is tackling Maidana instead of his nemesis Manny Pacquiao. Some detractors have moaned about how they believe Maidana is too small or not good enough to be in the same ring as the American, even though he is fresh off a huge upset win over previously unbeaten Adrien Broner. Those same antagonists feel Maidana was handpicked and that he doesn’t deserve a crack at the world’s finest pugilist.

 

“No one has given anything to me,” ‘El Chino’ scoffed. “The opportunity, I earned it myself.”

 

And Mayweather agreed.

 

“He’s tough, he’s rugged, he’s a champion,” Mayweather remarked. “I can’t overlook this guy. He earned it. He’s a true champion, he’s a warrior, and he got here somehow, someway… I respect him as a man, but come Saturday you have to earn my respect as a fighter.”

 

“As of late, Marcos Maidana has been making a lot of noise,” Mayweather added. “Is he one of the best in the sport? Yes he is. But I am the best. And that’s the difference.”

 

And whether Maidana will make this Mayweather’s last fight remains to be seen.

 

Mike Sloan can be reached at  (mikesloan19@cox.net) 

 

April 30, 2014

 



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