Trainer vows Maidana will be better than ever


Posted at Feb 25 2014 06:11 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2014 02:11 AM

Argentina’s Marcos Maidana will be at his best when he challenges unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3, his trainer, Robert Garcia, promised.

Mayweather finally revealed that Maidana will be his opponent for May 3, ending weeks of speculation.

“I know the motivation that Maidana is going to have, the motivation that I’m going to have in training camp, my whole team, we’re going to do everything,” Garcia said in a Fight Hype interview. “(We’re going to) train like never before and do everything possible to win the fight.”

Garcia understands that Maidana has the unique opportunity to make history against Mayweather, whom he said “could be the best fighter in history.”

“For us, to have the opportunity to fight against the best fighter in history is just a blessing to our team. And to know that the way Maidana fights and his style and the way he throws punches could give us the chance of being able to pull it off, it’s something that we’re really motivated for,” he said.

“We’re going to be training like never before,” Garcia guaranteed. “The whole team is going to be focused. Maidana’s going to be like never before.”

Maidana came to Mayweather’s attention thanks to his 12-round demolition of the erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner late last year. Garcia said Maidana’s performance in that fight alone showed that he was worthy of fighting the pound-for-pound king, especially as Broner was being tagged as “the next Floyd Mayweather.”

Although Maidana will likely be a huge underdog against Mayweather, Garcia warned that his fighter should not be counted out.

“Mayweather’s a great fighter, a great champion, best of our time if you ask me, but there’s always that chance that fighters have,” he said.

“Nobody thought that (Mike) Tyson would ever lose to Buster Douglas, and he did, so the chance is there,” he stressed.