December 21, 2014
Maidana: ‘I will knock Mayweather out’
Argentina boxer Marcos “Chino” Maidana said today winning a fight against US five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather by points is “difficult”, so he will “beat him up” and “knock him out” instead, when they face each other again at the MGM Arena Grand in Las Vegas.
“Mayweather knows how to move in the ring and how to win by judge decision, so I will first beat him up and then knock him out instead,” Maidana told reporters during a press conference to present the fight held in New York City.
“I have to go for the knock-out, I have no other choice,” he insisted.
Maidana lost to Mayweather earlier this year by split decision, in what “Mayhem” called himself his “toughest fight yet.”
“I’m going to make some tactical adjustments, work on my distance and always put pressure on him. With these minor changes I can win the fight,” Maidana, who lost his WBA welterweight belt to Mayweather, said.
Discussing the kind of gloves he will be using for this fight, Maidana commented the ones he was forced to use in the first fight were not the ones he is “accustomed to.”
“They felt uncomfortable, but this time I will beat him, no matter what gloves I wear.”
Meanwhile, Mayweather said he suffered “some bruises during the first fight due to Maidana’s infractions,” and warned him he has to make “big adjustments to his game if he wants to win.”
“Boxing is not about strength, it’s about intelligence. I will go into the ring and do what I do best, fight an intelligent fight, win and remain on the number 1 spot,” he said.
“If he really thinks he can beat me, I recommend he puts his money where his mouth is,” Mayhem Mayweather, widely considered the best boxer in the world, added.