Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana will not be asking former world champion Oscar de la Hoya for a blueprint on how to defeat pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., his trainer said.
Trainer Robert Garcia made it clear in a Fight Hype interview that they were not going to be asking De La Hoya for advice, even if De La Hoya did push Mayweather when they fought in May 2007.
“I’m sure not going to call Oscar for a blueprint,” Garcia said. “You know what I mean? He always has a blueprint for everybody, and it has never worked.”
“He’s given everybody a blueprint, and it hasn’t been effective, so no. I’m not going to listen to that,” he added.
Garcia pointed out that no fighter has the actual blueprint to beat Mayweather, but there are certain styles that can trouble a defensive-minded boxer like Mayweather.
“It’s worked before. It doesn’t work all the time, but it has worked before, and that’s the style that we have, and that’s the style that we’re going to prepare for,” the trainer said.
Maidana last December gave the erstwhile undefeated Adrien Broner his first career loss. Broner has patterned his style after Mayweather, and Garcia said that victory will boost Maidana’s confidence.
“I do have a lot of things that we did against Broner that should also be effective against Mayweather,” said Garcia, who was quick to add that Broner was “not in the same league” as Mayweather.
“Mayweather’s just totally something else,” he said. “I’m not saying that we’re going to go in against another Broner, definitely not. But there are some similarities, so we are going to take advantage of it.”
Garcia also acknowledged that Mayweather may have all the advantages in terms of speed and defense, but warned that Maidana is capable of changing the complexion of the bout with just one punch.
“He knows and we know that the fight is going to be very difficult, but Maidana’s going in there with no respect and no fear,” he said.
“Maidana hits very hard. Maidana has a one-punch knockout, so if he lands a punch and hurts him, believe me, he’s going in for the kill. That’s just the way Maidana is,” he added.
“He hits tremendously hard and that is always a big advantage for a fighter. He could be losing all 12 rounds, and then you could knock your opponent out in the last round and win the fight.”