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REMATCH SET BETWEEN 11-TIME WORLD CHAMPION FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND POWER-PUNCHER MARCOS MAIDANA ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 13 ON SHOWTIME PPV® AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (July 14, 2014) – Their thrilling first fight last May left sports fans clamoring for more. Now, 11-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will do it again. “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana II,” a welterweight world championship fight announced, will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Despite the brutal nature of their first meeting, Mayweather has chosen to give Maidana a chance to redeem himself and earn a victory against the undefeated champion by facing him again in the storied MGM Grand Garden Arena. This exciting rematch will serve to test the skill and will of both men and finish what was started last May.
“Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory,” said Mayweather. “His style is difficult at best, but with experience comes a way and will to win. I’m not one to give second chances in the ring, but I want to give the fans what they want to see. I will be as prepared as I always am when I step in the ring on September 13. I only see the outcome one way and that’s another successful night for me and my team.”
“The rematch with Mayweather is the only fight that really motivates me,” said Maidana. “I feel I earned it in the ring and Floyd owed it to me. I’ve already proved that I don’t care if the man I have in front of me is the best pound-for-pound champion. I was close to ending his reign last time. On September 13 he will not get away undefeated.”
“This will be another great test for Floyd as Marcos Maidana is hungry to prove he can not only give Floyd a good fight, but redeem his loss and hand Floyd his first defeat,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Maidana is clearly one of the best in the division and earned this opportunity to face Floyd once again. But that is a big mountain to climb and Floyd will be prepared as he always is to prove once again why they call him TBE, the best ever. It will be another great fight and action-packed evening for the fans.”
“SHOWTIME has established itself as the destination for the biggest, most exciting events in boxing, and we are proud to announce our next event with Floyd Mayweather,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “On May 3, the fearless Marcos Maidana attacked Floyd Mayweather with reckless abandon, landing more punches than any previous Mayweather opponent and giving Mayweather one of the toughest fights of his career. That peformance earned Maidana this rematch, and we are in for another electrifying night of boxing.”
“The first fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was incredible and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to host the rematch at MGM Grand,” said Richard Sturm, president of Sports & Entertainment for MGM Resorts International. “These two world-class athletes put on a spectacular show in May and will do so once again in September when they step into the ring.”
“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana II,” a 12-round world championship bout for Mayweather’s 147-pound titles taking place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra and O’Reilly Auto Parts. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and is the fourth fight of a lucrative six-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc.
Tickets for the live event are priced at $1,600, $1,200, $850, $600 and $350, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $350 price range. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at http://www.mgmgrand.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
“MAYHEM” will also be broadcast across select movie theaters across the country. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Their first meeting, “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” was an epic 12-round showdown that ended in a majority decision (114-114, 117-11, 116-112) in favor of the pound-for-pound champion Mayweather. Maidana came out of the gate with his trademark wild style, making Mayweather uncomfortable and keeping him on the ropes in the early rounds of the fight. Using his typical animalistic style, Maidana attacked Mayweather with punches from all angles and by the end of the night, had landed more punches on Mayweather than any other opponent Mayweather faced throughout his undefeated career.
This style contrasted in a beautiful symphony between the two fighters with Mayweather’s legendary defense on full display from the pound-for-pound great. After taking time to adjust to Maidana’s style, Mayweather was able to find his rhythm and use his expert technique to keep Maidana’s aggression from getting the best of him. Mayweather’s ring intelligence guided his game plan as he displayed a series of combinations and counterpunched effectively to win the fight. Both fighters left everything in the ring, but Mayweather’s undeniable ring savvy led to a 12-round majority decision for him over Maidana, but also left the fans clamoring for more.
Undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather, (46-0, 26 KOs), an 11-time world champion in five weight divisions, is boxing’s biggest star and its undisputed pound-for-pound champion. His speed, defensive prowess and ability to read his opponents have carried him to 46 victories over his already legendary career. Prior to the aforementioned exhilarating first fight between Mayweather and Maidana, Mayweather had already faced boxing’s most feared opponents and been a part of its biggest events. He solidified his worldwide popularity when he faced then-undefeated boxing phenom Canelo Alvarez last September. The mega-event, which set the record as the highest grossing pay-per-view event in television history with over $150 million in revenue, showed once again that Mayweather’s drawing power is unlike any other. During Mayweather’s extraordinary career, he has amassed wins over numerous world champions, including Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Robert Guerrero, Alvarez and most recently Maidana, marking his 46th win. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native, who fights out of Las Vegas, averages more than one million pay-per-view buys per event, which is the highest pay-per-view buy average of any boxer in history, and is the only fighter to participate in two events which generated over 2 million pay-per-view buys each. In 2007, Mayweather co-headlined a pay-per-view event with De La Hoya, which generated the largest number of PPV buys in history. Mayweather has continued to rack up the accolades since defeating Maidana in May, as he has been named the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes and Fortune/Sports Illustrated for the last calendar year and nominated for “Best Male Athlete” and “Fighter of the Year” at this year’s ESPN ESPY Awards.
Thirty-year-old Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) put on a show this past May when he stood toe-to-toe and challenged the king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather, before losing a majority decision that left the MGM Grand Garden Arena and sports world buzzing. More people than ever were able to gain an appreciation for the soft-spoken Argentine brawler with this great pay-per-view performance that earned him another shot at Mayweather. Maidana put himself on the map when he stunned the boxing world in December 2013 with a dominant victory over up-and-coming superstar Adrien Broner. Hailing from Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, Maidana first emerged on the world scene in 2009, when he won the interim WBA Junior Welterweight World Championship with a stunning sixth-round technical knockout over Victor Ortiz. After three defenses of his title, Maidana lost a 2010 Fight of the Year candidate to Amir Khan, but he regained the belt with another classic against future Hall of Famer Erik Morales in 2011. In 2012, Maidana joined forces with renowned trainer Robert Garcia (2012 Trainer of the Year) and has since gone 4-1 with 3 knockouts with his only loss coming at the hands of Mayweather.
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TALE OF THE TAPE
|FLOYD MAYWEATHER||MARCOS MAIDANA|
|Grand Rapids, Michigan||BIRTHPLACE||Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||HOMETOWN||Buenos Aires,|
|46-0-0, 26 KOs||RECORD||35-4-0, 31 KOs|
|February 24, 1977||BIRTH DATE||July 7, 1983|
|147 lbs.*||WEIGHT||147 lbs.*|
|38 ½”||CHEST NORMAL||36 1/2”|
|39 ½”||CHEST EXPANDED||38”|
|16 ½”||NECK||15 1/2″|
*Weight approximate until final weigh-in
Nickname: “Money” & “TBE”
Record: 46-0 (26 KOs)
Weight: 147 lbs. (welterweight)
Date of Birth: February 24, 1977
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Trainer: Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather
Floyd “Money” Mayweather, is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time. Without question he is the best and most talented fighter in boxing today. Mayweather displays an unprecedented mix of speed, power and natural instinct every time he steps into the ring – a combination that has translated into 46 wins without a loss, 26 knockouts, and 11 world championships in five weight classes.
To start his 2014 boxing campaign, Mayweather defeated Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to unify the WBC and WBA welterweight titles. Mayweather won by majority decision in a thrilling fight that many are considering an early “Fight of the Year” candidate. Mayweather was able to use his masterful defensive technique to deflect the nonstop attack from Maidana and earn the victory.
The fight between Mayweather and Maidana was so action-packed and closely scored that Mayweather has decided on a rematch with the Argentine-slugger on September 13 in what is sure to be another classic.
He has established himself atop boxing’s all-time best and as a moneymaking genius, his fights consistently yield victories and generate record-breaking pay-per-view revenues. And as he continues to reach new heights in the ring, Mayweather is setting an even higher bar outside of it. References of “TMT” (The Money Team) and “TBE” (The Best Ever) have become familiar throughout the world as he continues to build his successful promotional company, Mayweather Promotions and his “The Money Team” clothing and apparel brand.
This year, Mayweather has been named the highest-paid athlete in the world by ESPN The Magazine. In addition, he was recognized for the second time by Forbes as the highest paid athlete in all of sports, making $105 million dollars in the September 2013 to 2014 calendar year. Sports Illustrated also named him the highest-earning athlete in American sports. All of these achievements have been reached without a single dollar being earned from endorsements.
His fight against Canelo Alvarez on September 14, 2013 ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view event of all time, making approximately $150 million in revenue. The fight received 2.2 million buys, the second highest number behind the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight in 2007.
“I am blessed with a God-given talent but hard work and dedication is my motto,” said Mayweather. “I work hard with that talent and train with the same hunger and intensity that I have had when I started my boxing career. That means no shortcuts to success and a daily commitment to sacrifice everything for success. Money means a lot but it doesn’t mean everything. I want to leave my mark on this sport and in sports in general. I think I am doing a pretty good job.”
Mayweather has received an endless list of accolades, including five ESPN ESPY Fighter of the Year awards in the past seven years, one of which was for 2013. Over the course of his career, the Boxing Writers Association of America, Ring Magazine, BET and the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame have honored him as Fighter of the Year.
In addition to his boxing accomplishments, Mayweather has also become a crossover star, appearing in the Emmy award winning HBO reality series “24/7” five times in addition to his recent appearances in Showtime’s “All Access” series. With each appearance, he has provided cameras with a behind the scenes look at his training and personal life. Not a stranger to media requests and national television, Mayweather has appeared in commercials for AT&T and ESPN, competed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in 2007, hosted WWE’s Monday Night Raw and appeared on WWE WrestleMania XXIV in 2008. These opportunities, as well as the countless others such as ESPN The Magazine and Men’s Fitness covers and visits to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis & Kelly and E! Channel’s Chelsea Lately, demonstrate his impact across the sports and mainstream media spectrum as one of the most talked about athletes in the world.
On February 21, 2013 Mayweather catapulted his star power and moneymaking prowess to a whole new level by signing a 30-month, six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS. This unprecedented endeavor provides Mayweather with an even farther-reaching platform, which exposes him to a wider audience, creating a larger fan base and continuing to build his unique branding power worldwide. With the Maidana fight, he is halfway through the arrangement that will see him fight consistently for the next two years.
In addition, the deal no doubt proves to be a lucrative one as Mayweather’s greatness in the ring and earning power is demonstrated every time he fights. In his fight with Canelo Alvarez, Mayweather became the unified Super Welterweight World Champion with a victory by majority decision. The win was widely considered a dominating performance by Mayweather, garnering him praise from media and fans alike.
In his previous fight, on May 4, 2013 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather defended his WBC Welterweight World Championship title in brilliant fashion with a classic domination over prevailing six-time World Champion Robert Guerrero. With some of the best punch statistics of his storied career, Mayweather landed 195 of 476 punches (41 percent), including 60 percent of his power shots while Guerrero only landed 19 percent of his 581 punches thrown (according to CompuBox statistics).
In May 2012, he faced then WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto and outpointed the future Hall of Famer in 12 hard fought rounds. The fight attracted 1.5 million pay-per-view buys which translated into $94 million dollars – at the time, the second highest grossing non-heavyweight fight of all time.
On Saturday, September 17, 2011 he faced the hard-hitting then-WBC Welterweight World Champion Victor Ortiz. The bout, which ended in a fourth-round knockout, once again showed the sports world why Mayweather is an astute master of the game and the pay-per-view king. With 1.25 million buys, Mayweather vs. Ortiz also became a record-setting pay-per-view event. As told to the New York Times, Mayweather said, “You see that arena Saturday? It’s all Mayweather money. Want a hot dog? Mayweather money. Want a T-shirt? Mayweather money. I need all that.”
Prior to the Ortiz bout, Mayweather fought Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1, 2010. He performed brilliantly and dominated Mosley en route to a shut-out unanimous decision victory. The fight was purchased by 1.4 million homes generating $78.3 million in revenue and earned Mayweather $40 million. In the 36 minute-long fight, “Money” earned approximately $1.1 million per minute and his performance summoned scores of celebrities and sports stars including A-listers Muhammad Ali, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael J. Fox, Paris Hilton and Jamie Foxx who were among the ringside observers.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayweather was born into a boxing family. His father, Floyd Sr., was a former welterweight contender who fought Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard, and his uncles, Roger and Jeff, were also pro fighters, with Roger – Floyd’s former trainer – winning two world championships during his prime.
Fitted with boxing gloves while he was still a toddler, Mayweather started boxing competitively at the age of seven and his acumen for the game was obvious from the start. He would go on to compile an 84-6 amateur record while earning three Michigan Golden Gloves titles, three National Golden Gloves titles, PAL and National Championships and an Olympic Bronze medal in the 1996 Games.
Turning pro in the super featherweight division on October 11, 1996, Mayweather blitzed Roberto Apodaca in just two rounds…his journey to greatness was underway. After one more win in 1996, Mayweather went 10-0 with 9 knockouts in 1997 and added five more wins to his ledger in the first half of 1998. Fight fans were chomping at the bit to see the ultra-talented Mayweather compete with the elite at 130 pounds, and on October 3, 1998, they got their chance when the 21-year old faced off against the late Genaro Hernandez for “Chicanito’s” WBC world championship.
The highly anticipated fight was no contest, as Mayweather battered the veteran with blinding combinations, pitching a near shutout before the fight was stopped after the eighth round. Floyd Mayweather was a world champion.
As any great champion will tell you, winning a title is one thing, defending it is another, and Mayweather, despite his natural physical gifts, showed his desire for greatness by outworking his opponents in the gym and gaining a reputation as one of the hardest workers in the sport.
This work ethic paid off as Mayweather defended his super featherweight title eight times from 1998 to 2001, defeating Angel Manfredy (TKO2), Carlos Rios (W12), Justin Juuko (KO9), Carlos Gerena (TKO7), Gregorio Vargas (W12), Diego Corrales (TKO10), Carlos Hernandez (W12) and Jesus Chavez (TKO9). Corrales, Hernandez and Chavez would all go on to win world titles after their one-sided losses to Mayweather.
With the 130-pound weight class cleaned out, Mayweather sought new challenges at 135 pounds, and he got it in his WBC lightweight championship fight against Mexico’s tough Jose Luis Castillo on April 20, 2002. After 12 hard-fought rounds, Mayweather had won his second world crown.
Fight fans clamored for a rematch and Floyd answered their call in his very next fight less than eight months later, repeating with a 12 round decision win over Castillo. He went on to defend the lightweight title twice more, over Victoriano Sosa (W12) and Phillip N’dou (TKO7) before testing the waters at 140 pounds.
In the junior welterweight division, Mayweather immediately made his presence known with a dominating 12 round decision win over former World Champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley on May 22, 2004. After an eighth round stoppage of Henry Bruseles to kick off 2005, Mayweather made his debut as a pay-per-view headliner on June 25, 2005, when he walked through the rugged Arturo Gatti, stopping him in just six rounds to win the WBC 140-pound championship.
Mayweather didn’t spend much time at junior welterweight, as he immediately jumped up to the welterweight division to take on the best in yet another weight class. Floyd kicked off his 147-pound campaign with a sixth round TKO of former World Champion Sharmba Mitchell on November 19, 2005, and on April 8, 2006, he would face former friend Zab Judah in a highly-anticipated grudge match that saw Mayweather cruise to an easy 12 round decision win to earn the IBF welterweight title. Not satisfied with just one belt, Mayweather finished off a stellar 2006 campaign with a 12 round near-shutout over Carlos Baldomir to add the WBC welterweight crown to his trophy case.
After Baldomir, Mayweather rose to superstar status with his aforementioned highly-decorated year in 2007. Immediately following his historic year, he stunned the entire sports world in June of 2008 when he announced that he was retiring from boxing after competing in the sport for nearly 20 years. During his hiatus from the sport, Mayweather found much needed rest by spending the majority of his time with his family while regaining his lost spirit and love for the sport, eventually allowing him to comeback better than ever.
“My goal has always been to be one of the best fighters who ever lived, but I am only willing to do that if I am physically and mentally prepared every time I step in the ring,” Mayweather said. “The break from the sport was good for me, but I returned to boxing to fight the best, and that’s what I intend to do.”
In 2007, Mayweather had his true coming out party when he faced Oscar De La Hoya in a fight known as “The World Awaits.” The sports world could not wait as the fight shattered every boxing earning record in the book, including his must-see May 5 mega-fight against all-time live gate and pay-per-view earnings numbers. His victory over the “Golden Boy” earned Mayweather a whopping $25 million from his share of the revenue generated from the 2.4 million households that purchased the fight (a gross of over $120 million).
Later that year on December 8, Mayweather fought the popular and undefeated British World Champion Ricky Hatton, scoring a 10th round knockout and again earning over $25 million. Mayweather collected over $14,500 per second for his less than 28 minutes of work.
After a 21-month lay-off from the ring, Mayweather returned on September 19, 2009 and thoroughly out-boxed one of his quickest opponents in Juan Manuel Marquez, earning a unanimous decision victory, generating 1.1 million pay-per-view buys translating to nearly $60 million in revenue.
Mayweather’s goal to live a rich, full life outside the ring is just as important as success in the ring. He is actively involved with the lives of his four children and regularly visits with his other family members who live near him in Las Vegas.
His charitable endeavors do not go unnoticed either. Mayweather is the Director of The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF), which he founded in 2007. The foundation’s goals of empowering and encouraging community alliances, impacting youth leadership and strengthening family foundations in the Las Vegas community, are having direct impact on those they touch and serve.
Through the heartfelt work of his foundation, Mayweather regularly supports the homeless in Las Vegas, frequently showing up to distribute sandwiches and water himself. Recently he made generous donations to Susan G. Komen Las Vegas Chapter, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas and Three Square Food Bank, all reflecting his generosity and efforts to give back to those less fortunate and in need. Additionally, he donated significant funds to Las Vegas charter school Rainbow Dreams Academy, which focuses on the “at risk” and underserved population.
“My desire to give is as strong as my desire to win,” Mayweather said. “I know how important it is to help those who are less fortunate than me. I hope if I continue to work as hard outside of the ring as I do inside of it, I can inspire others to do the same and help out in their communities as well.”
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
DATE OF BIRTH: 2/24/1977
WON – LOST – DRAW – KO
46 0 0 26
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION WT. RESULT TITLE
10/11/1996 ROBERTO APODACA NV 131 KO 2 PRO DEB
11/30/1996 REGGIE SANDERS NM 131 W 4
01/18/1997 JERRY COOPER NV 130 TKO 1
02/01/1997 EDGAR AYALA CA 133 KO 2
03/12/1997 KINO RODRIGUEZ MI 132 TKO 1
04/12/1997 ROBERT GIEPERT NV 132 TKO 1
05/09/1997 TONY DURAN NV 129 TKO 1
06/14/1997 LARRY O’SHIELDS TX 132 W 6
07/12/1997 JESUS CHAVEZ MS 130 TKO 5
09/06/1997 LUIS LEIJA TX 131 KO 2
10/14/1997 FELIPE GARCIA ID 133 KO 6
11/20/1997 ANGELO NUNEZ CA 130 TKO 3
01/09/1998 HECTOR ARROYO MS 132 TKO 5
02/28/1998 SAM GIRARD NJ 130 KO 2
03/23/1998 MIGUEL MELO CT 133 TKO 3
04/18/1998 GUSTAVO CUELLO CA 130 W 10
06/14/1998 TONY PEP NJ 130 W 10
10/03/1998 GENARO HERNANDEZ NV 130 TKO 8 WBC
12/19/1998 ANGEL MANFREDY FL 130 TKO 2 WBC
02/17/1999 CARLOS RIOS MI 130 W 12 WBC
05/22/1999 JUSTIN JUUKO NV 130 KO 9 WBC
09/11/1999 CARLOS GERENA NV 130 TKO 7 WBC
03/18/2000 GREGORIO VARGAS NV 130 W 12 WBC
10/21/2000 EMANUEL BURTON MI 134 TKO 9
01/20/2001 DIEGO CORRALES NV 130 TKO 10 WBC
05/26/2001 CARLOS HERNANDEZ MI 130 W 12 WBC
11/10/2001 JESUS CHAVEZ CA 129 TKO 9 WBC
04/20/2002 JOSE CASTILLO NV 134 W 12 WBC
12/07/2002 JOSE CASTILLO NV 134 W 12 WBC
04/19/2003 VICTORIANO SOSA CA 134 W 12 WBC
11/01/2003 PHILLIP NDOU MI 135 TKO 7 WBC
05/22/2004 DEMARCUS CORLEY NJ 140 W 12 WBC/ELIM
01/22/2005 HENRY BRUSELES FL 139 TKO 8 WBC/ELIM
06/25/2005 ARTURO GATTI NJ 139 TKO 6 WBC
11/19/2005 SHARMBA MITCHELL OR 147 TKO 6 WBC/ELIM
04/08/2006 ZAB JUDAH NV 146 W 12 IBF
11/04/2006 CARLOS BALDOMIR NV 146 W 12 WBC
05/05/2007 OSCAR DE LA HOYA NV 154 W 12 WBC
12/08/2007 RICKY HATTON NV 145 TKO 10 WBC
09/19/2009 JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ NV 146 W 12
05/01/2010 SHANE MOSLEY NV 146 W 12
09/17/2011 VICTOR ORTIZ NV 146 KO 4 WBC
05/05/2012 MIGUEL COTTO NV 151 W 12 WBC
05/04/2013 ROBERT GUERRERO NV 154 W 12 WBC
9/14/2013 SAUL ALVAREZ NV 152 W 12 WBC/WBA
05/03/2014 MARCOS MAIDANA NV 147 W 12 WBC/WBA
Full Name – Marcos Rene Maidana
Nickname – El Chino
Height – 5-9
Weight – 147 (welterweight)
Date of Birth – July 17, 1983
Birthplace – Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina
Hometown – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Record – 35-4 (31 KOs)
A devastating puncher with a take no prisoners style in the ring, former WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana gave the boxing world a treat in May, going toe-to-toe with Floyd Mayweather in a wildly entertaining fight that was one of the toughest of Mayweather’s legendary career.
Maidana came out swinging from the start, keeping Mayweather on the ropes with a never-ending flurry of punches. He landed more punches against Mayweather than any other opponent has and that great effort has earned him a rematch with the pound-for-pound champ on September 13.
El Chino’s first chance at Mayweather came after his thrilling unanimous decision victory over the previously undefeated world champion Adrien Broner on December 14, 2013 in San Antonio. Maidana used his vicious style to knock Broner down twice and take the easy decision. The resounding victory was the fourth in a row for the crowd-pleasing, offensive-minded Maidana.
The Argentine national amateur champion in 2002 and 2003, as well as a quarterfinalist at the 2003 World Championships, Maidana finished off his amateur career after just missing the 2004 Olympics by losing a close decision to eventual US Olympian Rock Allen in the final qualifying tournament.
Knowing that his fighting style was tailor-made for the professional game, Maidana entered the punch for pay ranks on June 12, 2004 with a first round knockout of Adan Mironchik. And in his early days, it was clear that Maidana didn’t care to stick around in the ring too long, as his first seven victories (all knockouts) saw him end six of those fights in the opening round.
It wasn’t until August of 2005 that the precocious Maidana was finally extended the six round distance in a fight (by Daniel Carriqueo), but followed that up with 15 knockout victories in a row, 14 coming in the first three rounds.
During that run, Maidana earned his first pro title when he halted respected contender Miguel Callist in three rounds to take the WBA Fedelatin title. The bout also served as a WBA title elimination bout, but the Argentinean knockout artist was avoided until February of 2009, when the 25-0 battler finally got his shot against Andriy Kotelnik. Unfortunately for Maidana, what many saw as a clear victory for “Chino” in Kotelnik’s adopted home country of Germany turned into a split decision win for the champion, who retained his belt.
But Maidana got his second shot at the belt when he battled hot prospect Victor Ortiz for the interim title on June 27, 2009, and this time, the Argentinean used his fists as the judges, in his United States debut, as he rose from three knockdowns to drop Ortiz twice en route to a sixth round TKO victory. This Fight of the Year candidate not only earned Maidana the interim WBA title, it made him an instant star among diehard fight fans.
On November 21, 2009, Maidana was back in action and back in fearsome form as he halted William Gonzalez in just three rounds, and in 2010 he continued to impress with a devastating sixth round knockout of highly regarded Victor Manuel Cayo in March and a 12 round decision win over former world champion DeMarcus Corley in August. But a bigger challenge still awaited him, and on December 11th he faced off against the talented Amir Khan in one of the most highly anticipated showdowns of 2010. Unlike many bouts of this nature, Khan-Maidana lived up to the hype as both warriors battled it out for 12 torrid rounds. When it was over, a late surge from Maidana wasn’t enough for him to pull out the victory, as Khan earned a 12 round decision win, but the bout earned recognition from the Boxing Writers Association of America as the 2010 Fight of the Year.
With momentum on his side, Maidana put together another Fight of the Year candidate, this time on April 9, 2011, when he won the vacant WBA junior welterweight title with a stirring 12 round majority decision win over the legendary Erik Morales. The victory solidified Maidana’s place in the boxing hierarchy, and after ending the year in September with a homecoming fourth round knockout of Petr Petrov, Maidana began 2012 by moving up to welterweight for a highly-anticipated bout against technical wizard Devon Alexander on February 25th.
Unfortunately, Maidana couldn’t catch up to the speedy Alexander in their bout, losing a 10 round decision in his welterweight debut, but “Chino” got much different results in his next three bouts at 147 pounds, knocking out Jesus Soto Karass, Angel Martinez, and Josesito Lopez in succession to earn a shot at Broner’s world title to close out 2013.
After defeating Broner, Maidana engaged Mayweather in a fight to remember. “Maidana pressured and fought and gave everything he had and turned what was expected to be a blowout into a thriller,” said Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.
Now, Maidana has another chance to take down the undisputed pound-for-pound champ in September, in a bout that is sure to be another classic.
MARGARITA, SANTA FE, ARGENTINA
Date of Birth: 7/17/1983
Won – Lost – Draw – KO
35 4 0 31
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION WT. RESULT TITLE
06/12/2004 ADAN MIRONCHIK ARG 140 KO 1 PRO DEB
07/24/2004 GERMAN SANCHEZ ARG 140 TKO 1
09/04/2004 CRISTIAN RUIZ ARG 144 TKO 2
10/23/2004 RAMON MARQUEZ ARG 144 TKO 1
12/18/2004 FRANCISCO SANABRIA ARG 142 TKO 1
01/29/2005 ADOLFO ESPINOZA ARG 142 TKO 1
03/26/2005 AVELINO SILVEIRA ARG 140 KO 1
05/07/2005 OMAR LEON ARG 139 TKO 4
06/18/2005 SERGIO BENITEZ ARG 141 TKO 3
08/06/2005 DANIEL CARRIQUEO ARG 151 W 6
10/01/2005 MARCELO MIRANDA ARG 139 TKO 3
11/26/2005 RUBEN OLIVA ARG 143 KO 2
02/11/2006 SERGIO BENITEZ ARG 141 KO 3
04/22/2006 OMAR LEON ARG 142 KO 1
05/20/2006 LUIS SOSA ARG 146 KO 1
07/15/2006 ARIEL APARICIO ARG 144 KO 1
09/23/2006 HERLEY ZUNIGA ARG 140 KO 1
12/22/2006 MIGUEL CALLIST ARG 139 TKO 3 WBA/LA
06/30/2007 LASZLO KOMJATHI GERMANY 139 TKO 3
08/16/2007 JAIRO MOURA PANAMA 136 TKO 2
12/07/2007 MANUEL GARNICA GERMANY 140 KO 8
04/19/2008 ARTURO MORUA GERMANY 140 TKO 3
07/11/2008 ESMERALDO SILVA ARG 143 KO 2
08/29/2008 JUAN RODRIGUEZ GERMANY 139 KO 7
11/01/2008 SILVERIO ORTIZ GERMANY 142 KO 2
02/07/2009 ANDREAS KOTELNIK GERMANY 140 L(S) 12 WBA
06/27/2009 VICTOR ORTIZ CA 140 TKO 6 WBA-I
11/21/2009 WILLIAM GONZALEZ ARG 140 KO 3 WBA-I
03/27/2010 VICTOR CAYO NV 140 KO 6 WBA-I
08/28/2010 DEMARCUS CORLEY ARG 138 W 12 WBA-I
12/11/2010 AMIR KHAN NV 139 L 12 WBA
04/09/2011 ERIK MORALES NV 140 W(M) 12 WBA-I
09/23/2011 PETR PETROV ARG 139 TKO 4 WBA
02/25/2012 DEVON ALEXANDER MO 146 L 10
09/15/2012 JESUS SOTO KARASS NV 146 TKO 8
12/12/2012 ANGEL MARTINEZ ARG 147 KO 3
06/08/2013 JOSESITO LOPEZ CA 147 TKO 6
12/14/2013 ADRIEN BRONER TX 147 W 12 WBA
05/03/2014 FLOYD MAYWEATHER NV 147 L 12 WBA/WBC