Unbeaten Mayweather says Maidana no pushover

Thu May 1, 2014 5:35pm EDT
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(Reuters) - All the signs indicate that five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will comfortably maintain his unbeaten record when he faces Argentina's Marcos Maidana on Saturday, though the American is not expecting a "pushover."

Mayweather, who has a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, is an overwhelming 11-1 favorite for the WBC/WBA welterweight title unification bout which will be staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Not only is the experienced American widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time but he is a natural welterweight whereas many critics believe that Maidana moved up too quickly from the 130-pound level to the 147-pound division.

"Everybody thinks he's just going to be a pushover, but I don't think so," Mayweather, 37, told reporters while preparing for Saturday's showdown. "That's why I'm training hard and I'm pushing myself to the limit every day.

"If he brings his best, maybe he will be the first guy that actually makes me dig in my bag of tricks and pull out my 'A' game.

"Hopefully he will make me bring out my 'A' game because my whole career all I had to use was a 'D' and 'C' game to beat every guy."

Maidana, who won his most recent bout in December with a unanimous decision against the heavily favored American Adrien Broner to claim the WBA welterweight title, is known for his all-round skill and blistering power.

Asked what he thought the Argentine slugger did best in the ring, Mayweather replied: "Well, he punches extremely hard if he has an 80 percent knockout ratio.

"That's obviously his best attribute, but a lot of times when a guy's swinging a lot of big shots and they're not landing, you get fatigued like that.   Continued...

WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. attends a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus