Mayweather At Last Presser: “I Feel Stronger Than Last Time”

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 10, 2014) – Fight week for “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” continued Wednesday as the main event fighters, Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, hosted their final press conference at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand before their highly anticipated rematch on SHOWTIME PPV Saturday.

Here is what the fighter’s and their teams had to say Wednesday:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, 11-Time, Five-Division World Champion

“Tunein and watch the fight because I’m going to be Floyd Mayweather and do what I do best and come out and win. I’ve been here before and I know what it takes to win at this level.

“We put it all on the line in the first fight. The fans demanded the rematch so we owe it to them to put it all on the line again. Maidana’s rugged. He’s a cool fighter and we’ll see how it plays out on Saturday.

“I have to focus on my fight. I can’t focus on anything else going on, I have a tough fighter in front me and he needs all my focus.

“We’ve had a remarkable training camp. Truly unbelievable. I feel a lot stronger than last time. It’s about hard work, dedication, prayers, belief and a good team.

“I know I’m almost 40, but I’m still going strong. I want to go out there and perform.

“The first fight was very interesting. Hopefully this time around the fight is even more exciting.

“Maidana is always in top shape. He absolutely deserves this rematch. I commend him for stepping up and making it happen again. I’m a true champion and a true champion never backs down.

“I need a knockout and I’m going for it. I need it to make a statement. First for myself, I want to do it for me.

“Robert Garcia can say what he wants to say. My dad can say what he wants to say. Both teams can go back and forth and bicker all day. In the end it comes down to skills, smarts and adjustments.

“We sparred with some guys who have similar styles to Maidana’s. Guys who threw a lot of looping, wild shots. Very strong rugged guys. We had a lot of good solid work with these guys.

“I don’t know who has the advantage in the rematch. I know I’m sharp, I know he’s sharp. I was able to make the adjustments in the first fight and we’ll see if he can make the adjustments this time.

“I don’t condone what happened. If I offended anyone, I apologize. I have this tough, rugged fighter in front of me and that’s what I have to focus on. I’m not perfect, I make mistakes and I don’t condone that at all.”

MARCOS MAIDANA, Former Welterweight World Champion

“I just know that I have to win. I’m concentrated on winning. I am going to take out any doubts in my mind about the first fight. I’ve adjusted now and I think I’ll be ready.

“I haven’t talked to Carlos Rios or Carlos Baldomir about their Mayweather fights but I have watched their fights. I noticed that being aggressive and attacking him is what makes him uncomfortable.

“I think I did get tired in the first fight. I have to pace myself a little better and this time around I will be better.

“If the knockout comes great, but I’m ready to go the distance as well. I’m ready to make history.

“I have to use my distance a little more and pick and choose my punches. I wasted too many punches last fight. I have to work my distance correctly and get leverage.

“I think Floyd got pressured by the press and I think that he knows the first fight was close so he’s giving me the rematch and I have to take full advantage.

“I actually had two full months to prepare this time. I worked very hard and that’s probably why I look a little skinnier this time.

“I think Floyd is going to run but I’m going to have to do a good job of cutting off the ring.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“We’re expecting a very exciting fight in this rematch; both guys have a tremendous amount of confidence and had excellent training camps leading up to the fight.

“Marcos Maidana is coming in really believing he is going to win this fight.

“You can’t say enough about Floyd Mayweather. He’s become the face of boxing and often he is the guy who wears the target on his back. No matter what he does people tend to form an opinion, but that comes with the territory.

“Floyd has had a phenomenal career, he’s the best fighter in the world and he’s been a world champion since 1998. He’s beaten a number of world champions and in my eyes he will go down as the best to ever do it.

“Floyd has made several hundred millions of dollars, but money doesn’t motivate him. He’s able to get up in the wee hours of the morning, putting in the groundwork like he’s never earned a dime.

“He has a tremendous dedication to the sport and we will all miss him when he’s not fighting. When he goes into that ring he gives it his all and he’s dominated A-level fighters and made them look ordinary.

“The fans demanded the rematch and Floyd said no problem, lets put him in there. If the fans didn’t think I got it right the first time, I will this time. There will be no more questions left unanswered after the Mayweather-Maidana rematch.

“What other athlete in sports can you say, that has dominated everyone in front of him for so many years? We must find a way to acknowledge greatness when we see it. There will never be another fighter like him.”

ROBERT GARCIA, Maidana’s Trainer

“All games aside, we’re ready for this fight. We’ve prepared like never before. We know it’s not an easy fight but it’s not impossible either.

“We’re going to give the fans what they are waiting for. What the fans want to see, that’s what they’re going to get Saturday night.

“Our mindset is exactly the same as it was going into the first fight. We do not need a knockout to win. We can win a decision. We can win a decision by dominating every round.

“Marcos dominated for half the fight last time before he slowed down a little and sort of faded. He didn’t quite have the energy to do what he wanted for 12 rounds.

“The difference for this fight is that we had eight full weeks of training and not just five. He had more sparring, much better sparring.

“Mayweather is a great fighter, one of the greatest of all-time. I don’t think age has caught up with him. He has always taken such good care of his body. He works very hard. He’s still got that quickness.

“Mayweather’s a smart guy. I think he’s just politicking when he keeps complaining about Maidana being dirty in the first fight.

“Chino gained a lot of confidence in the first fight. That’s a big plus going into the rematch. He feels stronger, mentally and physically. He’s ready to do what he couldn’t quite do last time and that’s fight his fight for 12 rounds.’’

ERIC GOMEZ, Senior VP of Golden Boy Promotions

“Marcos gave Floyd probably the toughest fight that he has had in the last couple years. But, that’s what makes Floyd so great. He does things that people don’t expect him to do in boxing. I know that Floyd has proven everyone in this room wrong at least once.

“I know personally he has proven me wrong ever since he fought Oscar De La Hoya. Every single fight I’ve thought to myself, ‘Ok, this time we’ve got him’. That’s what makes Floyd great. Everyone has criticized him and said that he wouldn’t get past the likes of Ricky Hatton, Canelo or Victor Ortiz, but he has beaten them all.

“There is one critic that Floyd hasn’t been able to prove wrong, one critic that keeps him going, and that’s Floyd himself and that’s why he took this rematch. Floyd felt that the first fight was close and he wants to prove to everyone and to himself that he won that first fight and that he can do it again.

“I also know that Marcos is a very hungry fighter that felt that he was very, very close to beating Floyd Mayweather. He is here to prove that whatever it takes, any little inch that he needs more to beat Floyd, he will make it happen this time.’’

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports

“We’re thrilled to be back here at MGM Grand again, this has become SHOWTIME’s home away from home. This is our fourth event that SHOWTIME is televising from this venue this year, the most of any venue and the sixth in the past two years.

“There’s no doubt that this Saturday ‘Mayweather vs. Maidana 2’ will be most likely the biggest fight of the year.

“No matter what the result is, I guarantee that the fight will be historic. Historic because what we are watching will be unprecedented. We all know about Floyd’s success, undefeated record, fighter of the year awards. But consider this, Floyd Mayweather has been ranked in the top-10 by Ring Magazine consecutively and continuously since March of 1998. He’s been in the top10 for 16 years which is unprecedented in another sport, and that’s not to mention multiple years of being the consensus pound-for-pound king.

“But to be candid, Marcos Maidana couldn’t care less about Floyd’s accolades. Back in May, Maidana gave Floyd perhaps the toughest fight of his career, 12 grueling hard- fought rounds. Then Floyd surprised many of us by saying he wanted the rematch. Maidana is one of the most accomplished fighters that Floyd has ever fought, and personally I can’t wait.’’

RICHARD STURM, President of Sports & Entertainment for MGM Resorts International

“We’re excited for this highly anticipated rematch. Floyd Mayweather will look to push his undefeated record to 47-0. We all know this will be another hard test as Marcos Maidana looks to avenge his hard-fought loss back in May.

“Las Vegas frequently plays host to a number of large number of major sports and entertainment events. This weekend MGM Resorts will once again play a critical role in the Las Vegas experience as we celebrate Mexican Independence Day weekend.”

BOB BENNETT, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission

“We are honored and elated to regulate this great fight. I want to thank everyone involved for putting on this electric and exciting fight in the fight capital of the world.

“I would like to recognize Mr. Mayweather and Mr. Maidana and all the fighters who will be putting forth a gallant effort come this Saturday night. Without them this event would not be possible and I would like all the fighters to know that we wish them all the very best. ‘’

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

I got de-ja-vu reading all that and now I'm stuck in a "Groundhog Day moment". And it's got nuthing to do with all the "Senior VP", and "Executive Presidents", or even the "Executive President and General Managers" that there are in this industry. WTF!!!! How can you be any more senior that the VP, unless you're the president or director? Do they have senior presidents and junior presidents over there? This is getting like the WBA, where there's a friggin world title for almost every guy that gets into contention that has a promoter that might make the sanction a more little more cash than the average cab driver. Talk about top heavy! Who does the real work in these companies when there are so many presidents, vice presidents, and (simultaneously) executive president and GMs? More to the point, when does someone with a title like "executive president and GM" get time to sleep; if he fulfils both roles/responsibilities properly? Anyway that it for me. Stormcenter. Senior Vice and Executive President and Junior General Manager (of any fighter's income that will not question my matchmaking or decisions.Inc)


-The Shadow :

Hahahaha, that's Corporate America. They have all these different titles. Lots of times it's just arbitrary, if not outright random. A president and COO are often interchangeable as they are responsible for operations. Yet, at Golden Boy and Mayweather, the presidents of those companies don't even do anything. (Oscar De La Hoya does now but he didn't before.) They should really be titled "chairman" or "majority owner." Even at publicly traded companies, the titles can be funny. I remember at one point WWE's Vince McMahon appointed his wife CEO even though he basically rules his empire with an iron fist and ALWAYS has the last call with EVERYTHING. Now he's back to being CEO (and Chairman). Then I've seen his son Shane McMahon be co-CEO at this Chinese streaming company that went public not too long ago. At Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe does the legwork. But how reliant is he really on Richard Schaefer and Bruce Binkow? And what if Schaefer joins the fold? Does he become co-CEO? Does Ellerbe get relegated to President? Or does he become Junior CEO? It's really confusing at times.


-amayseng :

Floyd feels "stronger" he is almost 38 and his arms and shoulder are defined to a point of suspect watch ep 2 where he is running, his shoulders are massive, I have never seen them that big before... meanwhile, all his fighters are getting caught with peds....


-The Shadow :

Floyd feels "stronger" he is almost 38 and his arms and shoulder are defined to a point of suspect watch ep 2 where he is running, his shoulders are massive, I have never seen them that big before... meanwhile, all his fighters are getting caught with peds....
His body has looked different since he came for Ortiz. I started noticing a change then. He looked ripped in May also.


-Radam G :

I got de-ja-vu reading all that and now I'm stuck in a "Groundhog Day moment". And it's got nuthing to do with all the "Senior VP", and "Executive Presidents", or even the "Executive President and General Managers" that there are in this industry. WTF!!!! How can you be any more senior that the VP, unless you're the president or director? Do they have senior presidents and junior presidents over there? This is getting like the WBA, where there's a friggin world title for almost every guy that gets into contention that has a promoter that might make the sanction a more little more cash than the average cab driver. Talk about top heavy! Who does the real work in these companies when there are so many presidents, vice presidents, and (simultaneously) executive president and GMs? More to the point, when does someone with a title like "executive president and GM" get time to sleep; if he fulfils both roles/responsibilities properly? Anyway that it for me. Stormcenter. Senior Vice and Executive President and Junior General Manager (of any fighter's income that will not question my matchmaking or decisions.Inc)
Hehehe! You got me got me rolling, curved up and laughing my arse off about your WTF-WIT shots at the nonsense "top heavy" titles that these boneheads have. Haha! Holla!


-stormcentre :

Hehehe! You got me got me rolling, curved up and laughing my arse off about your WTF-WIT shots at the nonsense "top heavy" titles that these boneheads have. Haha! Holla!
And you just made me laugh too.


-stormcentre :

Floyd feels "stronger" he is almost 38 and his arms and shoulder are defined to a point of suspect watch ep 2 where he is running, his shoulders are massive, I have never seen them that big before... meanwhile, all his fighters are getting caught with peds....
Good and interesting comments. I, too, have noticed this. I would love to read the Maidana V Mayweather fight-contract. In particular the clauses pertaining to what testing is done and where. And . . . I would love to know when and how they're testing for any EPO like PEDs.


-stormcentre :

His body has looked different since he came for Ortiz. I started noticing a change then. He looked ripped in May also.
We have discussed this before, haven't we?


-deepwater2 :

Does human growth hormone come up in a test? It's the fountain of youth for most of Hollywood and for those who can afford it. Mayweather should of said , I feel stronger.... That I will get the win..... Because Bayless will break quicker, issue warnings to MM quicker and take points away for any boarder line rough stuff. Floyd keeps calling MM dirty at every opportunity for a reason, he complains about the last fights referee for a reason. Floyd set the tone so MM won't be able to get away with the rough boxing. Bayless is a good referee and don't do anything stupid but he will be very busy with these two guys and that favors Floyd. Floyd is a gambling man, and every gambling man looks for any advantage he can to swing the odds in his favor. Floyd wins by DQ or wide decision after 2 points or more are taken.


-stormcentre :

Does human growth hormone come up in a test? It's the fountain of youth for most of Hollywood and for those who can afford it. Mayweather should of said , I feel stronger.... That I will get the win..... Because Bayless will break quicker, issue warnings to MM quicker and take points away for any boarder line rough stuff. Floyd keeps calling MM dirty at every opportunity for a reason, he complains about the last fights referee for a reason. Floyd set the tone so MM won't be able to get away with the rough boxing. Bayless is a good referee and don't do anything stupid but he will be very busy with these two guys and that favors Floyd. Floyd is a gambling man, and every gambling man looks for any advantage he can to swing the odds in his favor. Floyd wins by DQ or wide decision after 2 points or more are taken.
You can test for EPO, but it is quite difficult and expensive, and it becomes even harder if the timeframes involved allow the subjects the freedom to "cycle" beforehand and know when the testing period commences/completes; even if that testing period does involve "random" testing. Other than that, I am pretty much with you. Floyd and his team's comments to the referee will (should?) close down most of MM's "creative" moves; that previously flustered Floyd. From there, Floyd's usual approach to using defence to discourage his opponents in the early rounds whilst picking them off here and there - through to stepping it up and pot-shotting them in ways that are easy for the judges to score as the 2nd half of the fight moves in; should get him the "W". Once Maidana realised his best chances at an upset are taken from him, he will play along and not lay down like Alvarez did. Stevie Johnson (MM's main sparring partner to emulate Mayweather) is no Floyd Mayweather.