By Chris LaBate
Junior welterweight contender Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) has pledged to do everything possible to prevent former three division champion Erik Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) from winning their fight on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maidana is going to bring the fight to Morales in the early portion of the contest. He wants to test Morales' ability to take punishment.
"When I'm up on the ring, anything goes. It's a war. It's a war. I don't do it purposely, but look I might maybe here and there land a couple of punches there. But I'm going out there and I'm giving it my all. So its war and everything goes when it's a war. Yes, I think I do have power and I think that if I hit anybody as hard as I can they're probably not going to be able to take it," Maidana said.
Morales is a big underdog in the fight, which doesn't make im any less dangerous, says Maidana. In 2010, Morales returned to boxing after taking a few years off. He won three fights, but the opponents were not even close to being on the same danger level as Maidana. Morales has been through a lot of wars over the years. Maidana thinks he's still capable of performing well against the best.
"Well obviously for me, I don't underestimate anybody and I think that anything can happen up in that ring, anything can happen. I don't underestimate anybody and I think Morales is capable of giving a good fight. It's my job to win the fight and I'm going to do what I always do. I'm going to come forward and I'm going to be throwing punches. My stamina is going to be the most important thing for me. So I think that if he can withstand what I bring than great," Maidana said.