LAS VEGAS (Aug. 28, 2014) – Aggressive, determined and fearless. Proud Argentine and former welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana has won the respect of some of the greatest Mexican world champions of our time for the fiery intensity he brings each time he steps through the ropes.
The fact that Maidana is the only boxer to defeat Adrien Broner and one of the very few in history to give 11-Time World Champion and perennial No. 1 pound-for-pound superstar, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, a legitimate test only adds to the anticipation heading into their upcoming rematch.
Here’s what the Mexican champions have to say about Maidana as we inch closer to “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ on Saturday, Sept. 13 live on SHOWTIME PPV® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, three-division World Champion and Boxing Hall of Famer
“We all know Marcos Maidana is not a technical fighter, but nobody can deny he is a very dangerous one, perhaps one of the most dangerous fighters Mayweather has ever faced.
“I must confess I was amazed to see how courageous Maidana was; he squared up in front of Mayweather and just went at it with everything he had.
Argentinian slugger and former world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) held an open media workout Tuesday afternoon at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California in preparation for his rematch with pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs). The two will meet once again Saturday September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime Pay-per View.
“I am very well prepared. I have trained very well. We have made some adjustments to capitalize on this fight,” Marcos Maidana told Fightnews.com. He looked very sharp hitting the pads as his trainer Robert Garcia and media looked on.
“Training camp for the rematch has been the same, but we have been doing a lot more sparring. We have worked more on my distance, but besides that everything has been the same,” Maidana added.
Former world champion and two-time Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia told us about Maidana’s preparation. “Training camp has been going great. We have been doing more sparring and working on keeping the distance between him and Floyd.”
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In a move designed to enhance the viewing experience, SHOWTIME Sports®, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have scheduled the “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” pay-per-view event, headlined by the rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, to start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT instead of the traditional 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The earlier start time is another innovative step SHOWTIME Sports is taking to improve the television viewer’s experience for live boxing events. Viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones, which make up nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population, won’t have to stay up as late as usual in order to witness the conclusion of the event.
“Pay-per-view boxing events have changed, and we think it’s time the scheduling changed too,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Along with our partners at Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, we have been presenting compelling four-fight cards with multiple 12-round world championship bouts. As a result, we’ve seen the start of the main event coming later and later into the night which is not an ideal viewing experience for viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones. No other major sport makes a significant portion of their audiences wait until well past midnight for the peak of the event. SHOWTIME PPV will no longer be one of the exceptions.”
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In keeping with Mexican Independence Day tradition, Mayweather Promotions has assembled a stellar undercard featuring some of this era’s most exciting boxers to co-feature on “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ on Saturday,September 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Featured on the four-fight pay-per-view telecast, fan favorite Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz will put his WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship on the line in a 12-round championship bout against Mexican contender Manuel “Suavecito” Roman, plus Tijuana-Baja’s pride Miguel “Títere” Vazquez defends his IBF Lightweight World Championship against Mayweather Promotions’ rising star Mickey “The Spirit” Bey. In the opening bout on pay per view, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo returns to the ring against James De La Rosa in a 10-round bout.
Rounding out a sensational night of televised fights, SHOWTIME will present a live 10-round Jr. welterweight bout between John Molina Jr. and Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto on “COUNTDOWN LIVE” (SHO, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) immediately preceding the SHOWTIME PPV telecast.
SHOWTIME Sports will offer the latest edition of the award-winning original documentary series ALL ACCESS in advance of the SHOWTME PPV event “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2,” the welterweight world championship rematch on Saturday, Sept. 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 premieresSaturday, Aug. 30, on SHOWTIME at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT and will be immediately followed by a special Saturday installment of ShoBox: The New Generation.
ALL ACCESS gives viewers intimate and exclusive coverage as Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana prepare for the most highly anticipated rematch in recent memory. Episode 1 reveals the aftermath of their thrilling first fight and takes viewers inside the minds of both fighters for what will be only the second rematch Mayweather, the undefeated 11-Time World Champion, has ever granted.
Marcos Maidana remains confident about his chances heading into his upcoming rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
In an interview with Fighthype, Maidana, who absorbed a close majority decision loss in his first showdown with Mayweather, said that the second showdown might be much easier for him.
The former WBA world welterweight champion said that he didn’t find the first fight too hard, and he expects things to be easier the second time around since he is already familiar with Mayweather’s style.
“I don’t know if I’d say this will be easier because even the first one, I didn’t find very difficult,” Maidana said. “But I already know him and I think it’s a great advantage that I already know Mayweather because he hasn’t given a lot of fighters the rematch.”
Maidana, who holds a 35-4 record with 31 knockouts, admitted, though, that he still doesn’t like all the media attention that he is getting, but he pointed out that he needs to deal with it because he is going up against a fighter, who is regarded as the best in the world today.
“I don’t like the media attention, but I have to do it. It’s part of my job for the fight and for the promotion,” Maidana said. “I think more attention is coming because Mayweather is very well known and when you give him trouble and give him a good fight people start to recognize you.”
On the other hand, Mayweather, who will put his unblemished 46-0 record on the line, also expressed confidence that he’ll emerge victorious again in the upcoming rematch.
The 37-year-old American said that Maidana will have the same style as the first fight, unlike him, as he is prepared to keep his opponent guessing with his wide array of skills.
“I think that every time that Maidana has gone out and fought opponents, other opponents and even myself, he’s done the same thing,” Mayweather said. “Whereas out of the 45 that I’ve faced, I was able to do different things. I can box. I can counter punch. I can box on the move. I can counter punch on the move. The only way that he can fight is to slug.”
After a thrilling fight between 11-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on May 3, 2014, Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions are pleased to present the second bout between the two fighters on the big screen. This highly-anticipated event will be broadcast live on Saturday, September 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AK / 2:00 p.m. HI. “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ will undoubtedly test the skill and will of both warriors in this electrifying showdown that left both fighters with unfinished business in May, giving Maidana one more chance to claim victory against the undefeated champion.
Tickets for “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to nearly 570 select movie theaters across the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.
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In such cases, the marquee bout typically starts after midnight and sometimes not until 12:30 am on the east coast.
As a result, fans on the east coast and in the central time zone, essentially 80% of the U.S. population, are sometimes forced to stay up till the wee hours of the morning to learn what happened in the big fight.
Decision: The September 13 fight card, Mayweather vs Maidana 2, will start at 8pm ET, one hour earlier than what is typical for boxing PPVs.
“It is to improve the customer experience,” according to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza.
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Discussions are ongoing for a fight between the second-ranked featherweight under the World Boxing Council (WBC), Puerto Rico’s Jayson ‘La Maravilla’ Velez (22-0, 16KOs), and WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (56-8, 47KOs), for September 13th at the MGM Grand of Las Vegas. The Showtime Pay-Per-View main event is a rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana.
Hector Soto of Miguel Cotto Promotions, is the co-promoter of Velez. He is handling the negotiations. Promoter Pepe Gomez of Cancun Boxing is also holding talks for Cristian Mijares to get Gonzalez, but Showtime is more interested in Velez.
“We are in negotiations. We are in negotiations to fight on September 13 with Jhonny Gonzalez. But the talks are just beginning. Cristian Mijares has also been mentioned [for Gonzalez], but we understand that Mijares is not as attractive at this time for the people of Showtime, who are going to be in charge of televising the show. By Monday we may have a clearer picture,” Soto said to Carlos Narvaez.