Boxing master Floyd Mayweather Jnr was made to labour all night long for his multi-million dollar pay-cheque on Saturday, May 3 as fellow welterweight title-holder Marcos Maidana provided an unrelenting slugging challenge for the American to adapt to. With Maidana bettering Floyd through the first third of the bout, Mayweather took over in the middle rounds, but who won the final stretch and the overall fight?
Marcos Maidana returned one of the wins of 2013 when he upset the odds to drop and decision Adrien Broner, winning the WBA welterweight world title in the process, in a fight that won him the Floyd Mayweather Jnr lottery. Broner and Mayweather had a well-publicized little bro/big bro relationship, with the little even imitating the big one’s shoulder roll. Will Maidana exploit big as much as he did little? Robert Garcia provided an insight into tactics recently…
Vicious Argentinean puncher Marcos Maidana (35-3-0, 31ko) is in familiar territory as he heads into his May 3 showdown with boxing’s premier prizefighter Floyd Mayweather Jnr (45-0-0, 26ko) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He is a 7/1 underdog. Last time out, against Adrien Broner, he was also against the odds (5/1), yet scored the upset of the year and banked himself a marquee match-up. Can history repeat itself or will the American deny El Chino victory?
Multi-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr takes on hard-punching Argentine Marcos Maidana on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As is custom with a May-Per-View event, it is Floyd who is the odds-on favourite, however, El Chino, 30, is being portrayed as a big dog with a real bite – if he wins, he’ll be bigger than Lionel Messi. The reality is, though, that he will do well to even win a round.
Marcos Maidana overcame Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner in their highly anticipated WBA welterweight title fight on Saturday night by a unanimous decision. The official scorecards were 115-110, 116-109 and 117-109 all in favour of the Argentinean. This meant that ‘El Chino’ took Broner’s title off him in his first defence, which he won against Paulie Mallignaggi earlier this year.
The haters got what they were hoping for. At the Alamodome in San Antonio, on Saturday, December 14, Marcos Maidana not only beat, but brutalised, Adrien Broner. The heavy-hitting and humble Argentine took the brash American’s zero and knocked him off his perch…
El Chino Marcos Maidana shoved an excitable Adrien Broner as he made his way to the scales at the weigh-in yesterday, unfazed at the American’s domineering theatrics, before engaging in a mandatory stare-down and refusing to bow to Broner’s bluster. Both men comfortably made weight and look particularly strong…
The Home Depot Center in Carson, California will be the site of one of the most intriguing clashes of boxing’s summer season, as Argentinean knockout artist Marcos Maidana faces off against Josesito Lopez in a 12 round fight for Maidana’s WBA intercontinental welterweight belt in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader set for Saturday, June 8.
The card will also feature a 12-round junior middleweight showdown between all-action warrior Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and number one rated WBC super welterweight contender Erislandy Lara. There is also a clash for the vacant WBC super middleweight world title between number one contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika and Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban, the number four rated 168 pounder.
“If you’re a fan of action fights, there is no better card to see than this one on June 8th,” said President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya. “All three high-stakes bouts have the potential to be the main event and the winners who walk out of the Home Depot Center with their hands raised will know they’ve been in a fight.”
Stephen Espinoza, General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports added: “Like all of our recent fights, the fight between Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez is a matchup in which there is no clear-cut favorite. You can make a legitimate argument for either fighter. Maidana is one of the most exciting fighters in any division, and he’s facing an opponent, Josesito Lopez, who scored the biggest upset of 2012 and is now back in his most natural weight class.
“Top to bottom, this card is filled with fan-friendly, all-action fights. There is no question that Maidana versus Lopez will be one of the most entertaining, hard-fought matchups of the year, and the Angulo-Lara and Bika-Periban are sure to be hotly contested and action-packed as well.”
On his opponent, Maidana said: “Josesito Lopez is a tough challenge, but I’m ready for everything he will bring to the ring on June 8th. Beating him is the next step to getting a world title shot and I know I’ll get the victory.”
Lopez said: “I fight my best at home, and with the fans in my corner on June 8th, Maidana doesn’t have a chance. He’s going to push me hard from start to finish, but that’s when I truly shine. I promise this will be a great fight for the fans.”
On Lara, Angulo stated: “[He] is one of Cuba’s greatest talents, but I’ll have the California fans on my side and I’m determined to do whatever it takes to win. This is the most important fight of my career and I will perform like it when the bell rings.”
Lara added: “Angulo hits hard and is a tough fighter making this a classic boxer vs. puncher match up. I’m really excited for this fight. Come June 8th, I’m going to put on a boxing display and finally get the ‘W’ over a top fighter that has been taken from me in my past fights.”
Bika thanked Golden Boy: “I’m thankful to Golden Boy Promotions and the WBC for giving me this opportunity and I will make the most of it. Ever since I turned pro, my only goal was to win a world championship and on June 8th, Marco Antonio Periban won’t be able to stop me from getting that belt.”
“I’ve trained hard, I’ve made many sacrifices and I feel that my time is now to become Mexico’s next world champion. Sakio Bika will be my toughest challenge, but I have the skills, determination and heart to beat him. I’ll beat him and become the first Mexican super middleweight world champion and make history for all of Mexico.”
Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
Heavy-handed Argentinean slugger Marcos Maidana, the current incumbent of the ‘Regular’ WBA junior welterweight title, is in debt to 147lb southpaw Victor Ortiz as, according to the fighter himself, it is he who gave Maidana his name due to their 2009 thriller where both fighters exchanged multiple knockdowns. Ortiz believes he is owed either a thank you, or a rematch…
Exciting Oxnard power-puncher Ortiz, 25, was stopped by Maidana three years ago and, even though he has gone on to capture a world title at welterweight and secure a lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr (albeit one he was unsuccessful in), Maidana too saw his status rise since ’09 and has shared a ring with Amir Khan, Erik Morales and Devon Alexander.
“[Maidana] owes me a thank you or a rematch because I gave him his name,” spat Ortiz (29-3-2, 22ko), who is in action himself on Saturday, June 23 as he takes on Josesito Lopez in a 12-round duel for the lightly-regarded silver title sanctioned by the WBC.
“Right now the main focus is on Lopez because he’s no walk in the park,” he continued. “I don’t disrespect anyone. There’s a dangerous fighter in front of me who is on the same path as I was a year ago before I fought [Andre] Berto, but the difference here is I’m too hungry to let my chance go.”
Ortiz has not fought since his defeat to Mayweather nine months ago. A rematch with Berto, slated for earlier in the year, was postponed as the Floridian suffered an injury to his bicep and so the bout was pushed back to June 23, however, Berto then failed a drug test. Ortiz’s opponent was duly changed but the date was salvaged as Lopez (29-4-0, 17ko) was brought in and, even though he has not locked leather in a professional environment since September last year, Ortiz is eager to return to the ring with a bang.
“If [Lopez] wants to go to war, we’ll go to war. If he wants to box, then we’ll box. It doesn’t really matter. I’m there to take what is rightfully mine.”
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Despite providing the main support to the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis main event – headlined by hometown favourite Devon Alexander and heavy-hitter Marcos Maidana on February 25 – Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner stole the show due to his headline-grabbing ring-walk, the undoubtedly elite-level performance he produced against a high-calibre challenger in Eloy Perez and, of course, his fight-ending knockout of the erstwhile undefeated Californian.