MANILA – Argentinian fighter Marcos Maidana believes he has no choice but to go for a knockout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their rematch as it will be difficult to win a decision against the unbeaten American.
Mayweather defeated Maidana via a close majority decision when they first fought in May 2014, and some even believe that the Argentine had done enough to deserve the victory.
"I'm going to have to go for the knockout this time. I have no choice," said Maidana in a report that appeared on Boxing Scene.
"Floyd's defense is very good, and at times it is hard to hit him," he added. "That's why I want to knock him out."
Maidana had given Mayweather his most competitive fight in years, as he constantly pressured the American boxer and pushed him against the ropes repeatedly.
One judge scored the bout a 114-114 draw, but two others scored it in Mayweather's favor, underscoring Maidana's insistence that he needs to knock out the American if he wants to gain the victory.
"First, I'm going to give him a beating, and then I'm going to knock him out," said Maidana. "It's going to be hard to get a decision, because he connects well and knows how to score points."
Mayweather, for his part, also declared that he wants no less than a knockout victory in the rematch, insisting he won't be satisfied even with a 120-108 shutout.
"We are going for the knockout, absolutely," said Mayweather, as quoted by RingTV.