By Rick Reeno
MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Former champion Carlos "Tata" Baldomir (49-16-6, 15KOs) has arrived in Las Vegas to support his countryman, Marcos Maidana, who later tonight will collide with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Baldomir himself was defeated by Mayweather in November of 2006 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. He is shocked with Mayweather's unbeaten run since that time.
"I'm surprised [that he's still around]. I thought somebody would beat him a long time ago. He's gotten better since we fought. When we fought, after four rounds he didn't want to fight he just ran around the ring. But now he fights his opponents. Maidana has fought some good opponents and he is focused on one thing, to go in there and throw hard punches at Mayweather," Baldomir told BoxingScene.com.
Baldomir also addressed some of his recent comments in the Argentine press, where he stated that he wasn't a big fan of his countryman Sergio Martinez, the WBC's middleweight champion.
"He talks too much. He talks a lot. Who has he fought? Two fighters. Paul Williams and Chavez Jr., who's a baby. Maidana doesn't talk a lot If you don't ask him something, he doesn't say anything," Baldomir said.
Baldomir also placed doubt on Martinez's story of an incident with Miguel Cotto. Martinez, who faces Cotto on June 7th, says Cotto blew him off a few years ago at the ESPN studios in Mexico.
"I don't believe it. He just like to blow smoke. He invents things because he likes the attention. He creates smoke," Baldomir said.