MANILA – Argentina's Marcos Maidana will try to emulate Mexican warrior Jose Luis Castillo when he fights unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas this Saturday.
Castillo lost to Mayweather via a controversial split decision when they fought as lightweights in April 2002, though some analysts – including HBO’s Harold Lederman – had him winning the fight.
Speaking to RingTV, Maidana’s trainer, Robert Garcia, said he sees similarities between his fighter and Castillo.
“A fighter that made (Mayweather) suffer 12 years ago was Castillo,” said Garcia. “I think Castillo did make him suffer. Most of the time, fighters respect him, and they know who he is. They show him too much respect.”
“But 12 years ago, Castillo, I think, was just like Chino right now. He didn’t care who he was fighting. Castillo thought that he could beat Mayweather, and a lot of people thought that he did,” he added.
Garcia said he is among those who believe that Castillo should have gotten the victory against Mayweather, and believes Maidana can get the job done against the unbeaten American.
“I think in this fight, Mayweather’s going to suffer,” he said. “Mayweather’s going to have somebody on top of him, that is going to give him and hard time and who is going to make it difficult.”
“It’s going to be like a street fight, and I don’t think Mayweather’s ever been in a street fight before,” he added.
Garcia said that he has trained Maidana not to respect Mayweather, and has instead convinced the Argentine brawler that he has what it takes to beat the pound-for-pound king.
Maidana has seemingly taken his trainer’s words to heart, as he told reporters that he can beat Mayweather either by knockout or by decision.
“When I land and I hurt him, I’m going to finish him,” said Maidana, who has a knockout rate of over 80%. “I’m not going to let him go. I’m going to finish him.”
“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,” he added.
Maidana vowed to stay active for all three minutes of each round, while at the same time pointing out that 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.