I'm not afraid of Floyd, says underdog Maidana

Posted at 05/01/14 2:38 PM

WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (L) of Argentina attends a news conference with trainer Robert Garcia at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 30, 2014. Photo by Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Sun/Reuters.

MANILA, Philippines – Argentina’s Marcos Maidana vows to take the fight to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight showdown on May 3 in Las Vegas, insisting he holds no fear of the undefeated American superstar.

“I know a lot of people think I’m going to lose this fight,” said Maidana, a massive underdog, to Boxing Scene. “I come to win.”

“I’m not afraid of anybody. I’m not afraid of anything,” he stressed.

Maidana is trying to become the first fighter to defeat Mayweather, who has not lost in his 18-year professional career.

“I know this is a very difficult fight,” the Argentine said during the last press conference ahead of the bout. “That’s why I trained like never before. Mayweather is a great fighter, but I don’t give a (expletive) about this guy.”

Maidana says he is ready for whatever game plan Mayweather will try to implement and vows to keep on putting pressure against the American.

“If he wants to trade blows, we’ll trade blows. If he wants to run, we can handle that, too. We’re prepared for everything,” he said. “It’s very important to land the combos and keep at him.”

Maidana was welcomed loudly by boxing fans when he made his entrance at the MGM Grand yesterday, and he says they will buoy him to victory on Saturday.

“Mayweather is great. Mayweather is very fast, but I have support from all the Latino people, and I’m going to come to win,” he said.

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