Argentina’s Marcos Maidana needs to be in the best shape of his life when he challenges undefeated American fight king Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 3, sports and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza said.
Ariza, speaking to Fight Hype, said Mayweather was such a difficult opponent that Maidana need to be a “physical machine” in order to be able to execute the numerous game plans that chief trainer Robert Garcia was sure to come up with.
“I have to make my guy into a physical machine, and Robert’s gotta be able to have Plan A, Plan B and Plan C,” said Ariza. “But you gotta be in tip-top shape to be able to change plans.”
“I’m preparing my guy to go in there to win, and I think we’ve got a great shot to win if we get to him,” he added.
Ariza said Maidana’s spectacular victory over the erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner last December – a boxer who proclaimed himself the “next Floyd Mayweather’ – gave the Argentine and the rest of his team a boost of confidence.
“Nobody thought we could beat Broner, but we did,” Ariza pointed out. “Probably nobody is going to think we can beat Mayweather, but we will.”
Aside from being in tip-top shape, Ariza said the key for Maidana will be to avoid being intimidated by Mayweather, the reigning pound-for-pound king in the sport.
“We have to go in there thinking he’s just a man,” said Ariza. “He gets tired like everybody else, he can get hit like everybody else, he bleeds like everybody else, he gets hurt like everybody else, and he can break down like everybody else.”
“We can win, just like everybody else,” he added.
But Ariza stressed that in order to have more than a puncher’s chance against Mayweather, Maidana will have to be in much better shape than he was against Broner.
“All I can think is we gotta be in Broner shape, times ten,” he said. “I mean, I’m being honest. That’s the only thing I can think of.”
“We gotta have a much faster, much quicker, more agile, more conditioned, more punch output… I mean, dude, we gotta take our game to a whole ‘nother level,” he added. “It’s just a whole ‘nother level of training. It really is.”