Marcos Maidana is expected to have a difficult time handling unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight showdown, but the Argentine's trainer warned that the pound-for-pound king is in for a tough night as well.
Maidana and Mayweather will meet on May 3, with the Argentine brawler attempting to become the first man to defeat the American superstar.
He has been installed as the underdog, but his trainer, Robert Garcia, told Boxing Scene that Maidana should not be counted out.
"It won't be easy," Garcia conceded. "But it won't be easy for Mayweather either."
"Mayweather has never fought somebody that's going to stay on him like Maidana will," he explained. "He's fought guys, maybe (Puerto Rican boxer Miguel) Cotto fought similar, trying to put pressure, and he had a few good rounds, too."
But Maidana and Cotto are completely different fighters, said Garcia. "Maidana goes out swinging, trying to hurt his opponent. Cotto’s more of a smart fighter who picks his punches. Maidana throws punches, and swings, and hits tremendously hard," he said.
Cotto was able to mark up Mayweather's face when they fought in May 2012, although he still lost via unanimous decision.
Garcia warned that Mayweather is more likely to feel the effect of Maidana's punches than he did with Cotto's.
"I never felt Cotto's punches, but I'm pretty sure Maidana hits a lot harder than Cotto," said the trainer.
Maidana's experience in fighting Adrien Broner – a protégé of Mayweather's – will also come in handy. The Argentine gave Broner his first professional loss when they fought last year, a victory that put him in Mayweather’s radar.
"Broner does fight a little similar to Mayweather," said Garcia. "Mayweather's much more experienced, much more intelligent in the ring. He knows how to adapt. He knows how to control a fight."
"But the training has got to be a lot similar, just that we try to be a little faster," he added. "Of course, we've got to get more head movement. We've got to get some angles. But the fight could turn out to be similar."