The build-up to Floyd Mayweather's welterweight unification showdown with Marcos Maidana had been remarkably cordial until last night's final pre-fight press conference, where the Argentine underdog left a four-letter insult fly in the direction of the pound-for-pound king.
Maidana is swimming in the deep end at the MGM Grand this weekend, but has looked full of self confidence in Argentina this week and been flanked by a hardy band of countrymen at every public engagement in a strong show of national support.
Mayweather is an overhwelming 1/14 with the bookies to record his 46th consecutive professional victory on Saturday night, but Maidana is adamant that he doesn't care about reputation and will channel all his emotion into shocking the world when his big moment comes in less than 72 hours.
In last night's presser El Chino is quoted by the Daily Mail as declaring: ‘Floyd is an excellent fighter – but I don’t give a f*** about him.’
"This is emotional and it is a big fight for my country."
The 30-year-old is under little pressure despite earning by far the biggest payday of his career to challenge Mayweather, a cool $1.5m guaranteed plus a small percentage of pay-per-view takings.
Of course 'Money" Mayweather makes that figure look positively minuscule thanks to an unprecedented deal with Showtime and CBS, which will see boxing's brightest star pocket an absolute minimum sum of $32m whatever happens with box office takings and PPV buys this weekend.
It's now up to Maidana to take the test and see if his wild, explosive, almost feral style that throw off Mayweather and stun fans in the fight capital of the world, but Saul Alvarez, Robert Guerrero and 43 other opponents will testify that he faces an enormous task to make that dream come true.
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