WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana has rubbished claims that he is fighting Floyd Mayweather purely for financial reasons - and insists that he has what it takes to defeat the pound-for-pound king in Las Vegas.
Mayweather is the overwhelming favourite to win the big-money fight at the MGM Grand on May 3, but Maidana is confident that he can pull off one of the biggest upsets of recent times by beating the WBC welterweight champion.
"A lot of people think I'm going to the United States for the purse money. But I am going for the title and glory. I know I am going to win,” the 30-year-old Argentine was quoted as saying by Boxing Scene. “I have all the desire to defeat Mayweather to make boxing history. I watched a lot of Mayweather fights looking for his mistakes, although he rarely makes them. He is smart and dirty. I will have to be as well."
Mayweather opted to fight Maidana over Britain’s Amir Khan after the South American pulled off a surprise victory over Adrien Broner in December. However, many believe that Mayweather ducked Khan and opted for the Maidana fight instead because it suited his style.
The 37-year-old is the 1/16 favourite coming into the fight - and he looks to be on course to enter the fight in tip-top shape, if this recent video is anything to go by.
But can Maidana spring a major surprise and beat the pound-for-pound king? Have your say in the comments section below.