Argentina's Marcos Maidana plans to pace himself in his rematch against American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. after admittedly running out of steam during their first fight earlier this year.
Maidana will challenge Mayweather for the second time this September, after falling short when they first fought last May. The Argentine did push the unbeaten Mayweather to the limit, however, and gave the American a much tougher fight than expected.
"I came out strong, a hundred percent after the first six, seven rounds," Maidana said through an interpreter in a recent interview. "After that, I had to take a little bit of a break. I had to catch my breath a little bit."
Slowing down against Mayweather, one of the best conditioned boxers in the sport, proved to be a turning point as the American was able to win points while Maidana was "catching his breath."
He seeks to correct this in their second fight by coming out at a more measured pace.
"I just have to pace myself," Maidana said. "I have to not get as anxious for this fight, pace myself. I think that's gonna work."
It will be the first time in his career that Maidana is fighting in a rematch, and he believes it can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.
"You know, you could argue that it could be hard, but at the same time we know each other, so it can be easier," he mused.
Maidana also insists that contrary to popular opinion, Mayweather is "hittable," and there is one punch that even the defensive wizard cannot escape – the jab.
"There was a fighter that gave me advice before the fight, that he (Mayweather) can't take a jab," Maidana related. "He can't get away from the jab."
"And believe it or not, that came into effect when I was fighting, so I started working the jab a lot," he added.