It has now been over a year since the first of Marcos Maidana’s back to back fights with Floyd Mayweather, with no immediate signs of the Argentine puncher returning to the ring.
Maidana earned a pair of career-high purses for the dual decision losses to Mayweather and in the months since has been enjoying life in his home country, ballooning in weight considerably and struggling to find the motivation to make a return.
However his manager Sebastian Contursi has said that “Chino” will now be looking to get back in training at the Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, US and see how he feels ahead of a possible in-ring return later this year.
“Marcos definitely wants a big name. He says it’s all about motivation, so we back him up 100 percent,” Contursi said to ESPN.com. “(Marcos is) thinking of going back to California (to trainer Robert Garcia’s Oxnard gym) in late August or early September in order to start training and see how it feels for a possible comeback before the end of the year.”
In a recent interview with Argentine radio’s Carlos Irusta, Maidana himself confirmed the problems he has faced in getting motivated after the Mayweather fights.
“I spend most of the time with my family in my hometown where I was born and raised.” he said.
“I get some rest and do things that I couldn’t do before. I try to enjoy myself as much as I can. I’ve started riding a bike and training lightly to keep myself in shape.”
Speaking about his eventual return and possible future fights with the likes of Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter or rematches with either Amir Khan or Adrien Broner, who have all been linked to him, Chino said;
“I have to be motivated and it’s not easy at this point for me. I’ve made very good purses in the last few fights. I have to see against who. It has to be someone that motivates me.
“I respect every fighter but I’ve lost motivation after the Mayweather fights. But I will start training and see how I feel because any of those names are very good boxers and I have to be in top shape to face them.”
Let’s pray the return comes sooner rather than later.