By Jake Donovan
SAN ANTONIO, Tex.-- From the moment he arrived in town, Marcos Maidana was overcome with fond memories of the biggest win of his career.
The former two-division champ was a smash hit in San Antonio just over 2 1/2 years ago, becoming the first to hang a loss on Adrien Broner in their headlining act at the Alamodome, violently snatching his welterweight title in the process.
The intention for this particular weekend was not to stroll down memory lane, however; rather, he planned to sit in the background and support younger brother Fabian Maidana, who stopped Jorge Maysonet Jr. in the 7th round of their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC Sports Network headliner Saturday evening at Scottish Rite Theatre. The venue was barely a mile away from the Alamodome, which Team Maidana drove past en route to arriving on site, drawing a smile from the face of the 33-year old, who has been out of the ring since a pair of hard-fought losses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2014.
What it didn't draw was the sudden urge to announce an oft-rumored comeback of any kind.
"I came here to support Fabian, that was my only plan this weekend," a sharply-dressed Maidana told BoxingScene.com after the fight. "We know by now to expect everyone to ask when I'm coming back. Even if I was planning to return (to the ring), I wouldn't do it here. This night is all about Fabian."
Whether it's due to his status as a cult favorite or simple curiosity, fans and media have been desperate for a Chino in-ring sighting seemingly from the moment he came up short in his Sept. '14 rematch with Mayweather. The sequel came four months after Maidana handed the unbeaten pound-for-pound king arguably the toughest test of his career, both of which followed his career-defining win versus Broner.
The trio of fights padded his bank account, as he is fully enjoying life without any real thoughts of making another run at a welterweight title.
That said, the thought from those in desperate search of an exhausted storyline pondered whether seeing his brother in action could very well stir up those fighting juices.
"Bueno..." Maidana grinned, unintentionally rubbing his belly which sat comfortably above his belt line. "One thing I will say; I will be back in the gym on Monday - not to train for a fight or a comeback, but just for general health, for my own peace of mind."