Maidana to fight in August or September, Berto, Thurman and Danny Garcia possibilities
By Dan Ambrose: Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) is expected back in action in August or September against one of the following big names: Andre Berto, Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman.
The 31-year-old Maidana hasn’t fought since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr last September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maidana gave it his best shot, but he had no answer for Mayweather’s blinding hand speed and fast feet.
Mayweather fought a different fight this time around compared to in their first fight in May of 2014, and he didn’t allow Maidana to walk him down like he had in their first bout.
Maidana’s next fight will be on the Premier Boxing Champion series, according to Fightnews. This is a good thing for Maidana, #3 WBA, #3 WBC, because it’ll give him a lot of visibility for him to shine in front of a lot of fans who have never had the chance to see him before.
Garcia and Berto would be the better choices for Maidana to fight than Thurman, who uses a lot of movement and might turn into a runner against a puncher like Maidana.
Thurman tried standing in the pocket in the first four rounds in his last fight against Robert Guerrero, but after finding it a little too tough for his liking, Thurman got on his bike and fought the last four rounds on the move.
I don’t know that would be a good match-up for Maidana. I still think he could win the fight though, but it would be a lot tougher for him than if he were to fight Berto or Danny Garcia. Those guys are willing to mix it up more and run less. Maidana would have at least a puncher’s chance of winning.
Maidana would match-up well against Amir Khan or Kell Brook. However, those are fights that he might find difficult to get. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is interested in matching him against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao or Amir Khan.
It’s doubtful that Hearn would want to risk putting Brook in with Maidana, even though Brook says he’d be willing to face anyone in the welterweight division. He may be willing to fight everybody, but his promoter Hearn is likely going to be very careful with him until he can put him in a big money fight.
Khan doesn’t appear to be interested at all in facing Maidana again after just narrowly escaping a knockout loss in their fight in 2010. Khan took a real beating in that fight was really punished in the last three rounds. Khan hasn’t mentioned wanting to ever fight Maidana again.
It’s important for Maidana to get back in the ring soon and start fighting again because he’s wasted an entire year without fighting. He’s not young enough for him to be out of action for long periods without it potentially hurting him. He needs to fight as often as possible if he wants to maximize the amount of money he can make in his career before he walks away from the sport and retires.