Maidana could have shocked Floyd: trainer

Posted at 01/22/2014 4:36 PM | Updated as of 01/22/2014 4:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Argentine fighter Marcos Maidana is already out of the running for a fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr., but this did not stop his coach from touting the capabilities of the hard-hitting brawler.

“I say he has a chance (against Mayweather),” trainer Robert Garcia told Boxing Scene. “If Jose Luis Castillo was able to beat him – though Mayweather’s record says otherwise – why wouldn’t Maidana have a chance?”

The Mexican Castillo fought Mayweather in 2002 and lost a very controversial decision, although he was thoroughly dominated by Mayweather in a rematch.

Maidana became a contender for a Mayweather fight when he upset erstwhile unbeaten Adrien Broner last month, and Garcia believes the Argentine can frustrate Mayweather the way he did Broner.

“Maidana frustrates (opponents), breaks them down,” said Garcia. “He hits them in the hip, arms, everywhere, where you least expect.”

“It’s a matter of styles. Maidana may not be the best counter-puncher or has the best defense, but he has heart and he can endure the tough pace of a 12-round fight,” he added.

It was announced a few weeks ago that Maidana was no longer included in the list of potential opponents for Mayweather. It is expected that British boxer Amir “King” Khan will land the big money fight against the unbeaten American.