Marcos Maidana To Bring Argentinian Pride Into The Ring On May 3 Against Floyd Mayweather On Showtime PPV

Mayweather vs. Maidana - On Saturday, May 3, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana will be fighting for more than the unified welterweight world championship and glory of defeating the pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather. The hard-hitting Argentine powerhouse will be representing a country with a deep and storied tradition in the sweet science when he steps into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a 12-round welterweight world unification bout live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

On Saturday, May 3, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will be fighting for more than the unified welterweight world championship and glory of defeating the pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather. The hard-hitting Argentine powerhouse will be representing a country with a deep and storied tradition in the sweet science when he steps into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a 12-round welterweight world unification bout live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

For a country known for its passion for soccer, Argentina boasts an impressive boxing history that includes 39 world champions. Today, high profile Argentine boxers are littered across the sport’s landscape including middleweight world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, former interim world champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse, who is coming off of an amazing win over John Molina last Saturday, former WBC welterweight World Champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir, three-time light welterweight world champion Juan Martin “Latigo” Coggi and current WBA Interim Featherweight World Champion Jesus Cuellar.

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Mayweather Wary Of Dangerous Maidana As He Plans To Beat Him At His Own Game

Mayweather vs. Maidana - Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather is refusing to underestimate renowned knockout artist Marcos Maidana ahead of their megafight this weekend.

Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather is refusing to underestimate renowned knockout artist Marcos Maidana ahead of their megafight this weekend.

The pair clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, live and exclusive on BoxNation, with boxing’s number one superstar adamant that he will need to be at his very best to overcome the formidable Argentine.

Despite some calling into question Maidana’s chances, the WBC welterweight world champion believes the Santa Fe native’s victory over Adrien Broner to claim the WBA crown last December shows he’s not one to be overlooked.

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Floyd Mayweather Interview Transcript

Mayweather vs. Maidana - Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

First, I want to thank Stephen Espinoza, I want to thank SHOWTIME, I want to thank CBS, I want to thank Leonard Ellerbe, I want to thank Al Haymon, I want to thank Richard Schaefer, I want to thank Kelly Swanson, I want to thank everybody, all the networks and all the people that are covering this fight and all the people that have covered my fights throughout the years.

I want to thank you guys and I just want to say I really appreciate you and everybody that’s a part of the event and that helped get these events started, “THE MOMENT”. I couldn’t choose a better team, because we work as one. I know Maidana is going to come and bring his best, so I know that I cannot overlook him, so I’m in training every day and dedicating myself.

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What were you able to do, in terms of the promotion, that you all were able to put together, such an amazing card?

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Mayweather Is Protecting The Throne

Mayweather vs. Maidana - Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been in the sport of boxing going on 18 years now but has been boxing all his life. He has fought in multiple weight classes against many fighters who will one day be inducted into the hall of fame. He is widely considered to be the pound for pound king of boxing. Floyd was asked about what he thought about Bernard Hopkins calling him out to face off in the ring, and he believes that everyone is trying to hit the jackpot and fight him. He is highest paid athlete in the sport and make no mistake everyone in the sport wants the opportunity to dethrone the king.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been in the sport of boxing going on 18 years now but has been boxing all his life. He has fought in multiple weight classes against many fighters who will one day be inducted into the hall of fame. He is widely considered to be the pound for pound king of boxing. Floyd was asked about what he thought about Bernard Hopkins calling him out to face off in the ring, and he believes that everyone is trying to hit the jackpot and fight him. He is highest paid athlete in the sport and make no mistake everyone in the sport wants the opportunity to dethrone the king.

Mayweather is very conscious of this which is why he trains the way he does. He makes it known that he never overlooks an opponent. Every person he faces in that squared circle has the potential to destroy his plans of becoming the best to ever lace up the gloves. People who have seen Mayweather train say that he trains like a man who hasn’t made a dime yet, even though his career has earned him hundreds of millions. He acknowledges that all the young stars want to be in his current position so they are coming full force to knock his head off.

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Countdown to “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana”

LAS VEGAS (April 24, 2014) – In preparation for what will be a matchup for the ages between undefeated 10-Time World Champion and current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Leigh Simons Productions will present “Countdown to THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana.” This primetime special 30-minute preview show will air on various FOX Sports platforms and will feature in-depth profiles and analysis of Mayweather vs Maidana and the televised undercard fights including Amir “King” Khan vs. Luis Collazo, Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. Carlos Molina and J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban.

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Maidana: “I don’t care about titles, all I want to do is beat Mayweather”

Knockout artist Marcos Maidana is gunning for pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather so bad he doesn’t care about any world titles up for grabs.

The Argentine kingpin knows gaining victory over Mayweather will be the biggest scalp of all despite the fact that both Maidana’s WBA welterweight title and the undefeated Michigan magician’s WBC belt are on the line.

The explosive 30-year-old, with 31 knockouts in his 35 wins, is adamant he will shock the world, causing the biggest upset since James ‘Buster’ Douglas’ overcame Mike Tyson nearly 25 years ago, when the duo clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3rd.

“I am a champion and I am ready to fight for my title. Most importantly, I am preparing to beat Mayweather. The last thing that I’m worried about is my title. I want to just train and beat Mayweather,” said Maidana, whose fight is live on BoxNation.

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Marcos Maidana and Robert Garcia media conference call

K. Swanson – Thank you everybody for calling. We are talking about “The Moment” and this, to me, is one of the big moments we’ve been waiting for. We have one of the participants of our main event. That, of course, is Marcos Maidana, the WBA Welterweight World Champion.

Also on the call we have Robert Garcia, who is a former world champion and the Boxing Writers Association of American 2012 Trainer of the Year; and, also, Leonard Ellerbe, Chief Executive Officer of Mayweather Promotions; Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports; and last but not least, and to make the introductions for the call, and to start us off, is Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar?

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Video: All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana – Full Episode 1

The EMMY nominated series takes you beyond the ropes, behind the scenes, and into the lives of world champions Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana as they prepare for the marquee prizefight of the year, THE MOMENT: Saturday, May 3 – live on PPV.

ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. MAIDANA, a four-part series from SHOWTIME Sports®, premiered this Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, preceding the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader headlined by Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov. ALL ACCESS LIVE, a new 30-minute program featuring a live sit-down interview with Mayweather and Maidana, will debut on SHOWTIME on Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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Maidana Not worried about Mayweather’s Power

Mayweather vs. Maidana - (Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime) Marcos "El Chino" Maidana has a eighty two knockout percentage going into his May 3rd bout with Floyd "Money" Mayweather. Maidana is a pucher with power in both hands and is very confident that he will be able to not only hurt Mayweather but finish him. If you ask most people they will say that the only chance Maidana has of winning will be to catch Floyd with a big punch.

(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime) Marcos “El Chino” Maidana has a eighty two knockout percentage going into his May 3rd bout with Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Maidana is a pucher with power in both hands and is very confident that he will be able to not only hurt Mayweather but finish him. If you ask most people they will say that the only chance Maidana has of winning will be to catch Floyd with a big punch.

Maidana is focused on delivering his knockout blow, but doesn’t seem to think that maybe Mayweather might be the one catching him with a big punch. When Maidana was asked if he had to be cautious of Mayweather’s punching power as well, he replied “I’m not worried, I’ve been hit by big punchers it doesn’t matter.”

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