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Marcos Maidana Noncommittal on Ring Return

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.

Maidana vs Maysonet_07_23_2016_Fight_Ryan Greene _ Premier Boxing Champions

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."

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 07-24-2016

He doesnt have to make weight or take all of the punishment his fans love for HIM to take, he made a great pay day, got to face the best, had a new kid, probably bought a couple of donkeys,…

Comment by chav on 07-24-2016

The only fight he's interested in now, is to get the front of the queue at the all you can eat diner. Looks like he might eat the plate and cutlery too the fat bastard

Comment by j0zef on 07-24-2016

Can Maidana even make MW nowadays? Stay retired Chino.

Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 07-24-2016

Cotto vs Maidana at 154 in December. That would be fun.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 07-24-2016

I hope he stays retired. Supposedly he's never been a guy who loves boxing so much as a guy who's good at boxing & saw it as a way to make a ton of money. He made a ton of…

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