MANILA – Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana claims money is not his motivation as he gears up for his May 3 showdown against unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.
Maidana landed the big money fight in February after he was chosen by Mayweather over Britain’s Amir “King” Khan.
While he is sure to receive a huge payday, Maidana said in a Boxing Scene interview that this was not his primary motivation.
“A lot of people think I’m going to the United States for the purse money,” said Maidana. “But I am going for the title and glory.”
“I know I am going to win. I have all the desire to defeat Mayweather to make boxing history,” he stressed.
But Maidana still figures to be a massive underdog against the unbeaten Mayweather, who is aiming to extend his winning streak to 46 fights.
The Argentine said he is working to figure out a way to negate Mayweather’s advantage, especially his airtight defense inside the ring.
“I watched a lot of Mayweather fights looking for his mistakes – although he rarely makes them,” Maidana acknowledged.
“He is smart and dirty. I will have to be as well,” he added.
Maidana proved himself worthy of a shot at Mayweather after routing the erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner in a welterweight bout last December to earn the World Boxing Association belt.