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Press Conference Live – Mayweather vs. Maidana – SHOWTIME Boxing
In fact, it wasn’t even Robin Leach or Robert Garcia.
Instead, when it came to Saturday’s premiere of Showtime’s second All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana episode—prior to its “Heavy Hitters” fight broadcast from Carson, California—the best line of the night came from, of all people, veteran family tree actor Marlon Wayans.
“What person that speaks Spanish are you going to beat up on this time?” Wayans said.
Though it doesn’t give Maidana—the reigning WBA welterweight champion—the credit he deserves for the status he’s earned, the query from the A Haunted House 2 star does illustrate the basic storyline of each of the docudrama’s three incarnations since Mayweather signed with Showtime 14 month ago.
And as it was for Mexican wannabes Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez preceding him, the tale being spun for Money’s rugged Argentine is one of a back-to-basics father wading into the pool owned by the flashy, opulent and unapologetically brash five-division and pound-for-pound kingpin.’I am a champion and I am ready to fight for my title,’ said Maidana. ‘Most importantly, I am preparing to beat Mayweather. The last thing that I’m worried about is my title. I want to just train and beat Mayweather.
‘This is the most important part of my career. The fight with Adrien Broner gave me a lot of exposure, but this fight itself is the biggest fight of my career and it would be a tremendous upset and that’s what I’m training for, to upset the world and to do it for my country. It would be huge for my country.’
Going into the fight Maidana is regarded as a huge underdog, yet, against Broner last December he was in the same position before his brutal annihilation left the man tipped as the next star of boxing truly humbled.
And again, the Santa Fe assassin insists his role as the dark horse only makes him more determined to succeed.
‘It doesn’t bother me at all [what people say],’ he added. ‘What motivates me is that if I win, I’m going to beat the best in the world and that’s what motivates me. I’m going to go out to win it.
‘If others haven’t been able to do it, I’m training to do it. I’m training to be the first one to do it.’Where there are men in physical conflict, there are always profiteers on the sidelines.
Back in action for the first time since trouncing Mexican superstar “Canelo” Alvarez, boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the scene of the crime, MGM Grand Garden Arena, this Saturday night (May, 3, 2014) when he takes on Argentine bruiser Marcos Maidana, who last seen thumping “Money” understudy Adrien Broner.
MMAmania will have LIVE coverage of “Mayweather vs. Maidana,” starting with the Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) at 9 p.m. ET. As is customary, the bookies have pulled out all the stops, providing a plethora of options for the enterprising gambler.Mayweather, the sport’s undisputed pound-for-pound king got noticeably choked up while thanking many of the members of his team that aren’t household names and often get overlooked.
He quizzically asked the assembled media if anyone would be able to solve the “Mayvinci” code in the ring, and pointed out that he’s gotten used to hearing the litany of reasons why a certain fighter would be the one to beat him.
Be it good power, good speed or a good jab, Mayweather pointed out that he’s beaten every single person placed in front of him.
Earlier at the press conference, the pound-for-pound king announced a $15,000 dollar donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to assist breast cancer survivors, and that he would be bringing 46 survivors of breast cancer to the fight as his guests.
Maidana, the quiet and respectful Argentine charged with the task of becoming the first to solve Mayweather’s riddle, was very candid in his remarks.
Seemingly aware of the criticism that has followed his selection for the fight, “Chino” pointed out that he earned his way here with hard work and nothing was handed to him.
He pointed out that he respects Mayweather as a fighter, but once they step into the ring, all that flies out the window and he wants to win.
The two fighters will meet for the final time ahead of their championship fight on Friday afternoon for the weigh-in, and Bleacher Report will bring you live coverage.Where: Hollywood Theater; MGM Grand; Las Vegas, Nev.
When: 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Mayweather’s last fight—a September majority-decision win over Canelo Alvarez—generated far more attention with the fans and media than this upcoming event, dubbed “The Moment.” The two fighters have shared very little time together in promoting the fight, but the overall tone has been respectful.
You can expect that to change on Wednesday, given the number of intriguing and possibly explosive characters who will be sharing the stage.
It’s fight week, and that’s a whole different world. Mayweather is used to this type of spotlight—he practically invented it—but Maidana has never been on this level before. Will either man seek to gain some sort of mental edge as we creep closer to the big night?
Mayweather is boxing’s undisputed pound-for-pound king. He’s undefeated in 45 professional fights, and in all 44 men have tried, but failed, to take his zero.
Maidana is a hard-charging power puncher whose chances are being dismissed by most observers. But he’s overcome the odds in the past, and you simply can’t count him out.
So join us on Wednesday, as the fighters go face-to-face for one of the final times before “The Moment.”