MANILA, Philippines – Former welterweight champion Marcos Maidana said that what surprised him about his first bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is his opponent's vulnerability to boxing's basic punch: the jab.
“Well, I was told by a fighter that had fought him before that Floyd can’t avoid the jab. So I remembered that in the fight and I started throwing the jab. And it’s true, he couldn’t avoid the jab,” the Argentine brawler said in Boxing Scene.
“He’s not as difficult as he appears. I was able to put him against the ropes and hit him with a lot of punches.”
Despite Maidana battering the American for most part of the fight, Mayweather was still able to eke out a majority decision win to unify the WBC and WBA welterweight titles.
The Argentine believes that he was robbed of a victory, although he admitted that he could have done better.
“I had opportunities and I hit him but with the anxiousness I had in wanting to beat him, I made some mistakes and wasn’t able to take advantage of some of the little things he did,” said Maidana.
Maidana will get his chance against Mayweather again when they meet on September 13 for a rematch.
The Argentine will go for a stoppage as he usually does, he said.
“I always look for the knockout in my fights. If it comes great, if not, we can still win the fight,” vowed Maidana.