By Luis Sandoval
There are less than 2 weeks to go before pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “Chino” Maidana square off for a second time to settle the score. Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia assures Maidana is looking great in camp and is ready to go and shock the world by being the first fighter to defeat Mayweather.
Garcia’s career as a boxing trainer has been a great one as he’s had multiple world champion and his services are sought out by fighters either looking to go to the next level or turn their careers around. As a trainer, Garcia has been able to face the two best fighters of this generation in Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
When BoxingScene spoke with Garcia, he was asked when having to prepare for these two future hall of famers, which fighter did he find it more difficult to prepare for and to come up with a game plan.
“I think Pacquiao is more difficult man. Pacquiao is more difficult. With Pacquiao we’ve been in there twice and this is going to be our second time with Mayweather and I think Pacquiao is more difficult to try to prepare for. The style is in and out and side to side; he’s a lot more difficult,” Garcia would tell BoxingScene.
Garcia faced Pacquiao back in 2010 when he was training Antonio Margarito and most recently in 2013 with Brandon Rios; Garcia was unsuccessful both times. Now he will face Mayweather for the 2nd time with the same fighter but from his experience, he feels Pacquiao has a style that tends to change more.
“[The difference is] the speed and power Pacquiao has plus the footwork and angles. Mayweather is just one style and he’s very defensive but he doesn’t change much. Pacquiao can change. I think Pacquiao is more difficult” stated the 2012 Trainer of the Year.
Maidana has already said if he defeats Mayweather, he’d like to then take on Pacquiao to which Garcia supports his fighter’s line of thinking.
“Why not? Why not go after the second best fighter out there. Make the most money and makes the most sense. Why not. I agree with him” said Garcia.
In two weeks Maidana and Garcia will find out how difficult Mayweather is to figure out this second time around. Garcia understands it won’t come easy but feels they will be able to make the proper adjustments from the first fight and come out victorious.
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