MANILA – American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. said his May 3 showdown against Argentina's Marcos Maidana will be a "totally different fight," adding that it may not go the distance.
“(On) Saturday, I’m going to give you guys what you want to see,” said Mayweather in the pre-fight press conference. “It’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Canelo (Alvarez); it’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Robert Guerrero.”
“It’s going to be a totally different fight,” he said. “No game plan at all. I’m going to be right there.”
He later told reporters that he is determined not only to win but win in impressive fashion, even though he last registered a knockout in September 2012.
“I don’t go in there just winning this belt,” said Mayweather, as quoted by RingTV. “I want to look impressive, and I want to put on a good show.”
“We don’t look for this fight to go the distance,” he said.
Mayweather believes Maidana – a fighter with an 80% knockout rate – may just cooperate with that plan.
“(Trainer) Robert (Garcia) said that this guy is talking about looking for the knockout, and I know that we’re looking at the fight not going the distance, so you’re going to get a helluva fight on Saturday,” he said.
Maidana, for his part, knows he is perfectly capable of knocking out Mayweather, though he believes he can also win over the judges and earn a decision.
“I think that I have the chance to knock him out because I hit very hard – hard enough to knock him out. But I can always win a decision. You know, Mayweather doesn’t throw that many punches. He throws two or three punches at a time, but very accurate ones. But I’m going to be throwing punches the whole fight for every minute of every round,” said Maidana in a separate RingTV interview.
Maidana is trying to become the first fighter to beat Mayweather in his 18-year professional career. The 37-year-old Mayweather has compiled a 45-0 record, with 26 wins coming by knockout.
“No one has solved the MayVinci code,” said Mayweather. “Everybody’s game plan is to just come straight ahead, keep pressure, hit him on the leg, hit him on the hip, hit him with a low blow, head butt him.”
“I still find a way to win,” he said.