OXNARD, Calif. - Approximately 200 fans and media that included several television camera crews, newspaper and online reporters, photographers and video bloggers turned out to watch WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana during his media day on Tuesday, April 15 at The Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. Photos by STEPHANIE TRAPP/SHOWTIME.
The Argentine Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) is winding down final preparations as he gets set for the biggest fight of his career when he faces undefeated boxing superstar, 10-time world champion and current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather in the main event of "THE MOMENT" on Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on SHOWTIME PPV®.
In fights before the Mayweather vs. Maidana 147-pound unification match on the pay-per-view telecast, British superstar and former unified super lightweight world champion Amir "King" Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) faces WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY in a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver Welterweight Title. Also, former three-time world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner (27-1, 22 KOs), of Cincinnati, OH takes on Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs), of Norwalk, Calif., in a 10-round junior welterweight bout and undefeated J'Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs), of Dearborn Heights, Mich., meets battle-tested NABF 154-Pound Champion Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight match.
Tickets for the live event priced at $1,500, $1,000 and $750 are still available, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets priced at $550 and $350 are sold out. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com .
With Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions looking on, a fit and confident Maidana worked out for about 25 minutes Tuesday. After loosening up, he hit the mitts and the speed bag and smacked the heavy bag. Before and after the brief workout, he did many interviews, posed for pictures and signed autographs.
Below is what Maidana and his trainer, former world champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year, Robert Garcia, said:
MARCOS MAIDANA, WBA Welterweight World Champion
"I know I am fighting the best in the world and that this is the biggest opportunity there is, so I am very thankful to Mayweather for giving me the chance.
"I never let what anybody outside the ring says bother me. I've heard a little about what they're saying, but it doesn't matter. I've heard it before.
"I've been an underdog my whole life. I was the underdog against Adrien Broner and Victor Ortiz and you saw what happened. I won. I am the underdog again in this fight, but I earned the right to the fight.
"I will give Mayweather a much better fight than any of the other contenders will. I have trained very well, and I'm in great shape. The only pressure is to perform well. I am a fighter and I come to fight. I don't respect any opponent when I'm in the ring. I'm in this fight to win.
"This is going to be a great fight that fans will not want to miss. They know my style is to come forward. They know I like to be the aggressor. They know I throw heavy punches that can seriously hurt my opponent. .
"My fans know I am going to give it my all, my absolute best. I am excited and very confident. I am ready for May 3 and I'm ready for Floyd Mayweather.''
ROBERT GARCIA, Maidana's Trainer
"This is my fifth fight with Marcos and, since day one, he has come to learn and listened to everything I say. I tell him something and he does it. He's great to work with, so willing. For a trainer, that is quite a blessing.
"It's been a great camp. Maidana knows the odds, but odds don't mean a thing to him. He's coming to fight and win. He won't be intimidated. He won't be scared. He knows what he is capable of doing.
"Mayweather is the best and has been on top for many years. He may be the best pound-for-pound boxer in history. He has done so many great things. But just because you're the best doesn't mean you can't lose. Ali lost. Sugar Ray Leonard lost.
"Styles make fights. One punch can change everything. I don't think Mayweather has been hit as hard as Maidana will hit him. But we aren't looking for a knockout. We don't want to just rely on maybe a lucky punch. Maidana is preparing to win all 12 rounds, and dominate.''
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"THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana," is a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana's respective 147-pound titles. This is the third fight of Mayweather's lucrative multi-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc. THE MOMENT is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts and AT&T. In the co-main event, Amir Khan faces Luis Collazo in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC silver welterweight world title. The pay-per-view undercard also features a 10-round junior welterweight fight between Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina as well as a 10-round super middleweight bout featuring J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).
Six MGM Resorts Properties will host live closed circuit telecast of THE MOMENT: Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Monte Carlo. General admission tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including handling fees, and are available for purchase at each individual property's box office outlets and by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711 or at www.mgmgrand.com . Select properties also will sell tickets through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or by purchasing online at www.ticketmaster.com . "THE MOMENT" will also be broadcast on nearly 520 select movie theaters across the country. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com .