WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana has insisted that his place in the ring against Floyd Mayweather on May 3rd has been earned on merit, before telling El Tribuno that he will stick to an aggressive, attacking style in the mega-money Las Vegas showdown.
Mayweather caused quite a storm by choosing Maidana over Amir Khan as his first opponent of 2014, with the tide turned by the Argentine slugger's destruction of Adrien Broner last December.
Maidana arrived back in Oxnard, California yesterday to begin training with Robert Garcia ahead of the biggest fight of his career, but would be forgiven for having other things on his mind.
The 30-year-old's wife gave birth to his second child, daughter Emilia, last week, but El Chino is adamant his focus is now on living up to his end of the bargain in the biggest fight of the year so far.
He told El Tribuno: "Mayweather chose me as a rival because I earned it. I come to make good fights and I beat Broner, he has similar characteristics. T
"That opened the door for me to be at the top level fighting him. He (Mayweather) also asked him to fight me because he has another opponent who can do harm with an aggressive combat style.
"It's gonna be a great fight, regardless of the outcome."
Fight fans will be desperate for Maidana to make a genuine scrap of the welterweight unification showdown, particularly after Saul Alvarez was so ruthlessly shut down by Mayweather in all areas last September.