Marcos Maidana dealt Floyd Mayweather his first blow this week in the build-up to their Welterweight title rematch.
Maidana and Mayweather will go head to head again on September 13th to see whether the latter can keep his title as 'the undefeated pound for pound king.'
Naturally in the build-up to such a fight, verbal jarring will be thrown back and forth, and these latest comments were the first thrown by Maidana towards Mayweather.
"He's not as good as people think," the Argentinian told press recently.
But the comments by Marcos Maidana were not just throw away ones solely spoken to instil doubt in Mayweather's mind, they were comments spoken from the heart of what Maidana truly believes.
Maidana surprised many when he took Mayweather to 12 rounds in their first fight, before losing by a majority decision. And it's that performance against Mayweather that is giving Maidana confidence ahead of their rematch.
"I was able to pin him to the ropes and land punches, so he's not as difficult or as invincible as people think. He's hittable," Maidana continued.
"You can land on him. I made mistakes. I was a little too anxious. He never hurt me, but he's got a respectable punch. You've got to respect him."
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Maidana is clearly confident because of the closeness of his previous bout with Mayweather, but there are other reasons that give the Argentinian his strong belief he can do the job the second time around.
Maidana feels that 37-year-old Mayweather doesn't have as much improvement in him compared to himself, and Maidana feels that this could be key come September 13th.
"(Mayweather) can obviously change and get better, but I can change and get better too," he added.
"The only thing he can do is box and that's what he did in the first fight. He was moving a lot. What is he going to do? Move more?"
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