Trainer says Maidana can win decision vs. Floyd
Argentine fighter Marcos Maidana is known for his knockout power but a decision victory is not out of the question when he fights American superstar Floyd Mayweather for the second time on September 13.
When they first fought, Maidana was on the losing end of a majority decision, but his trainer, Robert Garcia, believes his boxer can avenge that loss.
"Maidana goes out for the knockout, and if he lands the right punch, he could knock him out," Garcia said in an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio.
"But I don't think that we need to win by knockout. I think we can also win a decision," he asserted.
Garcia pointed out that when Maidana fought Adrien Broner, most pundits also believed that the Argentine will have to win by knockout. But he was able to claim a wide points decision by dominating Broner for 12 rounds.
"I think we can do the same with Mayweather," he said.
The key is to win the rounds clearly. "If we win the rounds clear and there's no doubt that the rounds have to go our way, the judges can't score against us," he explained.
"The judges know that close rounds, yeah, they may give them to Mayweather, but not when Maidana wins the rounds clearly," he added. "I think the judges are gonna do the right thing."
Garcia also revealed that they plan to be more active in the rematch than they were in the first fight, but that Maidana will also fight in a smarter way.
"This time, we're gonna throw more punches. We're getting ready to throw a lot more punches, put a lot more pressure, but with a little more distance," said Garcia.
"Instead of being too close to Mayweather and throwing those overhand rights, I think we're gonna be a little bit smarter doing that," he added.
If everything goes according to their game plan, Maidana will be able to keep on pressuring Mayweather for the whole 12 rounds of the fight -- something that he was unable to do in the first fight as he visibly slowed down in the second half of the bout.
"I think being too heavy – being 20 pounds overweight – is what affected him to slow down in the later rounds," said Garcia of his fighter. "This time, we're gonna maintain the same rhythm for 12 rounds."