Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana is better prepared for his September 13 rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. than when he first fought the unbeaten American last May.
This, according to Maidana's trainer, Robert Garcia.
Garcia revealed in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio that for the first fight – a majority decision victory for Mayweather – Maidana was only able to train for five weeks.
"This time, he got in nine weeks before the fight, so I'm having a full training camp with enough rounds of sparring," said Garcia.
"This time, we're having more sparring, better sparring partners, more rounds of sparring," he also said. "I'm having enough rounds of mitt work, and that's gonna be a big difference."
Garcia added that Maidana is sparring with "world-class fighters," including his brother, unbeaten boxer Mikey Garcia.
"They're doing a good job of giving Maidana the best sparring that he could have," he said.
Maidana gave Mayweather all he can handle in their first fight, repeatedly pushing the unbeaten fighter against the ropes and pressuring him. He slowed down in the second half of the bout, however, and this is something that Garcia needs to address.
"The idea is to keep pressure and stay on him throughout 12 rounds," said the trainer. "The first fight, I think Maidana slowed down a little. I think being too heavy – being 20 pounds overweight – is what maybe affected him to slow down in the later rounds."
"This time, we're gonna maintain the same rhythm for 12 rounds," he said.