Maidana: ‘I don’t give a f*** about Mayweather’
- Updated: May 1, 2014
Things always seem to get more heated when a fight is only days away and the build-up to Mayweather vs Maidana has been no different.
The two gathered at the MGM Grand for one last press conference before their showdown on Saturday night.
Floyd Mayweather was hinting at a possible retirement after this fight. Whatever he decides to do, he plans on fighting with a completely different style than the Floyd we are used to seeing.
“I may have three fights after this, I’m really not sure. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Mayweather said. “But I can promise you this: Saturday, I’m going to give you guys what you want to see. It’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Canelo; it’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Robert Guerrero. It’s going to be a totally different fight. No game plan at all. I’m going to be right there.”
Having been on top of the sport for over a decade, Mayweather finds himself in the familiar position of headlining a big pay-per-view event. This is all normal now for the pound-for-pound king.
“I’ve been here before and know what it takes to win a fight of this magnitude,” Mayweather said. “When the best fight the best, it takes more than just power. It takes more than just a great heart. You have to dig deep. You have to be mentally strong, not just physically strong, to win a fight like this.”
Marcos Maidana caught the world by surprise when he dominated Adrien Broner this past December. While Mayweather gives Maidana his props, he says he is no Adrien Broner.
“As of late, Marcos Maidana has been making a lot of noise,” Mayweather said. “Is he one of the best in the sport? Yes he is. But I am the best. And that’s the difference.”
With this being fight number 46 for Mayweather, he decided to do something special. Floyd is giving back to women who are currently battling breast cancer.
“So many females in my family had breast cancer,” Mayweather said. “My aunt was the first person in my family to die of breast cancer. This is my 46th fight so I decided to bring 46 women with breast cancer to my fight and buy them all new wigs.”
During the press conference Mayweather also brought up Bernard Hopkins and praised him. Could Floyd be hinting at a fight with B-hop soon?
“This is another champion of course, Bernard Hopkins. We don’t know what the future holds for us. He’s 49, I’m 37,” Mayweather said. Bernard: “we’re almost 200 years old.” “Bernard’s another legendary champion that I take my hat off to. He’s done a lot to open the doors in boxing and I commend him for that.”
Maidana is usually a quiet guy and it was no different at the final presser. He did however have some choice words for the pound-for-pound king.
“Mayweather is a great fighter, but I don’t give a (expletive) about this guy,” Maidana said.
Maidana is using a little trash talk to motivate himself for Saturday night.
“I’m relaxed. We’re good,” Maidana said. “I talk a little trash because it gets me mad, gets me ready.”
Mayweather has said he will come forward in this fight, but Maidana is ready to go toe-to-toe or chase Mayweather around the ring. He is prepared for any style.
“I’m prepared for whatever he brings. 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,” Maidana said. “It’s very important to land the combos and keep at him.”
Humble as always, Maidana got to this point with hard work. He plans to have that work pay off on Saturday.
“I know this is a very difficult fight. That’s why I trained like never before,” Maidana said. “No one has given anything to me. The opportunity, I earned it myself.”