Maidana unfazed by underdog status


Posted at Apr 20 2014 01:42 PM | Updated as of Apr 20 2014 09:42 PM

Argentine boxer Marcos Maidana has shrugged off his status as a massive underdog against American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., choosing instead to focus on his opportunity to make history.

Some oddsmakers have listed Maidana as a 14-to-1 underdog against Mayweather, who has not lost in his 18-year professional career.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Maidana told On the Ropes Boxing Radio of the odds.

“What motivates me is that if I win, I’m gonna beat the best in the world,” he added.

It will be a tall task for Maidana, however, as even the Argentine’s own trainer believes Mayweather remains at the prime of his career even at 37-years-old.

“I think he’s in the moment right now,” trainer Robert Garcia said. “He’s in his prime, even though he’s been world champion for the past 15 years.”

“I think right now, what he’s done lately with so many great fighters – I think he’s better than ever,” Garcia admitted. “We are preparing for the best Mayweather ever.”

Garcia acknowledged that aggressive, come-forward types of fighters have rarely found success against Mayweather, a great defensive boxer, but insisted that Maidana can pierce the American’s vaunted defense.

“The fact is, Floyd has never faced somebody with the power and the heart, the determination that Chino has,” Garcia said. “He’s one of those fighters that doesn’t worry about who’s in front of them.”

“He’s not worried about fighting the best pound-for-pound in the world. He is ready to fight and do what he does best,” he added. “He goes out there and tries to hurt his opponents. That’s what he’s training to do.”

Maidana stressed that he has no fear of Mayweather and is confident that he can be the first to blemish the American’s spotless record.

“I’m not afraid of Mayweather. I’ll step in the ring with anyone, and I’m excited for the fight. I’m gonna come to fight, and I think that’s the reason I can beat him,” he said.

“That day in Vegas, I’m gonna go out to win. If others haven’t be able to do it, I’m training to do it. I’m training to be the first one to do it.”

Mayweather and Maidana will battle in a title unification fight on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.