Maidana Says Retirement Thoughts Were Legit After Loss

By Carlos Arias

LAS VEGAS --- Marcos Maidana is riding a four-fight winning streak heading into the biggest fight of his life against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night at the MGM Grand on Showtime PPV, but two short years ago he was on the verge of hanging up the gloves at the age of 29.

He had just suffered a one-sided loss to Devon Alexander in 2012. It was his second loss in four fights.

"After that loss to Devon Alexander, I had to move up to welterweight and I just felt that wasn't my division to fight," Maidana said. "So I just didn't want to do it anymore."

That's when his manager put him in contact with trainer Robert Garcia.

"I was actually training Brandon Rios when I got the call," Garcia said. "He told me that Chino was on the verge of not wanting to fight anymore. They asked for another opportunity. They said, 'I have the perfect trainer for you.' Chino had no idea who I was, but he decided to come and take a chance. That was the beginning."

That's when the winning streak started that included the Adrien Broner victory that landed him the shot at Mayweather.

Contact Carlos Arias on Twitter @PunchyMcGee.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GOD-FR33 on 05-01-2014

[B][FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="3"]First of all, watch your mouth. Secondly, did Floyd get the HULK version of Roidquez and was Ko'ed? Was he coming off one of the biggest KO's in recent memory? Did Manny not deserve to fight a fighter like…

Comment by A-Wolf on 05-01-2014

This is the last thing I want to hear as a boxing fan. Losses are losses. We all take losses. Quitting is the most gutless thing you can do.

Comment by Showtime.. on 05-01-2014

I want to believe that Maidana has a chance, but I still can't see it. Pacquiao, Margarito, Martinez, Cotto have seen the only ones that I could see beating Floyd in the last several years.

Comment by kingfaze19 on 05-01-2014

[QUOTE=GOD-FR33;14488597][B][FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="3"]By Allan Fox, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will be getting a base purse of $32 million for this Saturday’s fight against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s), according to Mlive. Mayweather will end up with…

Comment by kingfaze19 on 05-01-2014

[QUOTE=bopbopbbe;14489083]Maidana pretty much beat 3 cans in a row + broner for the mayweather shot. I agree alexander made maidana useless and he got out outsmarted by a one eyed overweight erik morales. I dont agree that he should of…

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