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 Last update:  5/2/2014       Read more by Carlos Arias         
Maidana Humbled, Motivated By Heavy Latino Support
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By Carlos Arias

LAS VEGAS --- Marcos Maidana received a hero's welcome when he arrived at the MGM Grand on Tuesday. The fans that filled the lobby of the hotel chanted his name with soccer-style cheers.

"I didn't expect that much," said Maidana, who faces Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night on Showtime PPV. "But it was spectacular to hear from the people and at the fight it should be a lot more."

Maidana is using all the support as fuel.

"I think it should be helpful to have all of the crowd behind me," Maidana said. "I'm going to go out to win this fight and I'm going to go please the crowd."

It's not just the Argentine fans that support Maidana. He has developed a large following among Mexican fight fans too.

"I know I have all the Latinos behind me," Maidana said, "so this motivates me, too, to come out and take the win."

Maidana has been enjoying all the attention and has been having fun with the "All Access" show.

"I'm just letting the days go by," Maidana said, "and every time I remember it's closer and closer. Every time I remember it's one day closer. Days go by quick."

What would a victory over Mayweather mean to Maidana?

"It's big for me, for my country," Maidana said, "and for boxing people it would be historic."

Contact Carlos Arias on Twitter @PunchyMcGee.

Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Marcos Maidana , Mayweather-Maidana , Mayweather vs. Maidana


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comment by PunchyPotorff, on 05-02-2014
Anyone who dislikes a humble fighter like Marcos needs their head examined. I don't give him a huge chance at a win, but Floydie is getting old, and Maidana isn't one to punch conventionally all the time. Something significant could actually happen here. I wish Marcos the best.

Go Spain and America
comment by BritJimbo, on 05-02-2014
Apart from Spain and the US, neither of whose fans give a crap about Maidana, the list of your countries needs some work...please try harder....this one has shutout, walkover,rout, written all over it...I will watch, I always do, but I don't expect a whole lot....Khan and Collazo should be intere...

comment by Francis M., on 05-02-2014
[QUOTE=DreamMerchant12]Hopefully the Latino community doesn't drop Maidana once he loses like a lot of them did with Guerrero & Canelo.[/QUOTE] Canelo still has good support and Guerrero never had the support regardless of how much GBP tried to force him on to latino fans. Canelo has it in d...

comment by Sun Diego, on 05-02-2014
[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC]Upsets are never likely, otherwise they wouldn't be upsets. I don't see Maidana winning this, but Floyd will get old one night. You never know if that night comes this Saturday. It would be gratifying if Chino was the guy to take away that precious zero.[/QUOTE] I would loos...

comment by DreamMerchant12, on 05-02-2014
Hopefully the Latino community doesn't drop Maidana once he loses like a lot of them did with Guerrero & Canelo.

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