Maidana: It’s time for Mayweather to lose
By Dan Ambrose: WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) thinks it’s time for 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) to taste defeat for the first time in his long 18-year pro career when the two of them meet up on May 3rd for their pay-per-view bout on Showtime. Maidana is working on improving his speed and technical ability so that he’s not over-matched against the blazing fast Mayweather in this important clash.
“I know I can’t count on my chances of another Broner fight. Mayweather is much better than that,” Maidana said to ESPN Deportes. “Everyone at some point has to lose in life, and it’s time for him [Mayweather] to lose. This is a fight that can change my career, but mostly my life.”
A win for Maidana over Mayweather would be a big shock, because right now few people are giving him any chance at all against Mayweather despite the fact that he worked over his protégé Adrien Broner last December.
Maidana is already getting life-changing money just by getting the fight. It’s not the type of huge, huge money that many of Manny Pacquiao’s opponents get to face him, but it’s good enough money for Maidana to life comfortably for the rest of his life if he only spends a certain amount each year. However, if Maidana wants to get the big money, he’s going to need to knock Mayweather out to get a rematch with him that will give him a much more generous purse split.
You could imagine that Maidana could get $10 million+ in a rematch with Mayweather, and that’s very good money, even after the taxes are taken out and he’s given his management and training team their cut of the pie. The only way Maidana will get a rematch with Mayweather is if he beats him, because just fighting him hard enough to lose by a close decision won’t get him a rematch. If Mayweather wasn’t interested in giving the highly popular Miguel Cotto a rematch after beating him by a close decision than he’s not going to want to five Maidana a rematch.
Maidana is going to need to lower his head like a bull and charge Mayweather and swing for the fences for the full 12 rounds of this fight if he’s to beat Mayweather. Maidana is going to need to fight even harder than Mayweather’s past opponents because he can’t match most of them in the talent department.