Marcos Maidana former WBA light welterweight World champion and currently campaigning at welterweight SIGNED (gold sharpie) training shot 18" x 20" photo.
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Marcos René Maidana (born July 17, 1983) from Argentina and the former WBA welterweight champion. He currently has a professional record of 35–5, with his only professional losses coming against Andreas Kotelnik, Amir Khan, Devon Alexander and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., all by decision.
He recorded his biggest win against Adrien Broner on December 14, 2013 in a contest that saw him knock Broner down twice en route to defeating him via unanimous decision and winning himself Broner's WBA Welterweight title in the process.
Professional Career - Light Welterweight
On February 2, 2009, the then-WBA Light Welterweight titleholder Andreas Kotelnik beat the then-undefeated Maidana (25-0, 24 knockouts) via controversial split decision, with the judges scoring the fight 115–114, 113–115, 115–113 in Kotelnik's favour.
Maidana's first fight in the United States was against Mexican-American Victor Ortíz, that took place on June 27, 2009.
Maidana was knocked down three times within the first two rounds, but rallied and came back to beat Ortiz for the interim WBA super lightweight title with a sixth-round TKO victory.
After his fight with Ortiz, it was rumoured that Maidana would face British boxer, and WBA super lightweight champion, Amir Khan, who won the title after defeating Andreas Kotelnik.
However, Khan opted for Paulie Malignaggi as his next opponent. As a result, Maidana was scheduled to fight on March 27, 2010 against Victor Manuel Cayo, whose record, at that time, was 24-0 with 75% of victories coming by way of knockout. Maidana knocked out the undefeated Cayo in the sixth round to retain his interim WBA super lightweight title and improve his record to 28-1, with 27 knockouts.
After failing to secure a fight with Timothy Bradley, Maidana fought and defeated DeMarcus Corley in August 2010. Despite knocking Corley down in the 7th round, Maidana had to go the distance for only the third time in his career, eventually securing the victory via unanimous decision (117–110, 117–110, 115–112).
Amir Khan vs Marcos Maidana
Before his fight with Corley, Maidana accused Khan and trainer Freddie Roach of "hypocrisy" and called out Khan in an interview: "I'll go to Khan's home soil to take the other portion of the WBA title, which belongs to me ... They say they want me next when the cameras and mics are on. But when it comes to make the fight for real, Roach begs Golden Boy Promotions to keep Khan away from me."
On September 15, ESPN revealed that both fighters had agreed to fight on December 11 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
Khan dominated the fight early and knocked down Maidana in the 1st round with a left hook to the liver, but had to withstand a furious barrage by Maidana in round 10, and continually backed up during rounds 11 and 12. Maidana was unable to finish Khan however, who went on to win the fight by unanimous decision. The fight was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America Award for Fight of the Year.
Erik Morales vs Marcos Maidana
In the first round against Erik Morales, Maidana came out with ferocity as expected and proceeded to batter his older opponent around the ring. He landed multiple power punches, including an uppercut that opened a huge swelling over Morales' left eye which worsened over the course of the fight, and when the Mexican walked back to his corner having taken a large amount of punishment in the opening three minutes most observers felt their predictions were being fulfilled. The one-sided nature of the bout continued for the next couple of rounds, but then at the end of the third round Morales begin to fight back and landed a hard combination to the head of Maidana and the tide began to turn.
From the fourth round onwards and although he was effectively fighting with one eye, Morales gave as good as he got and was landing the cleaner more effective shots, albeit occasionally being swarmed by the sheer number of punches being landed in return by the relentless Maidana. The fight became a see-saw affair and then, in the eighth round, Morales hit Maidana with a huge left hook that almost stopped the Argentinian. The next couple of rounds continued in this fashion, with Maidana using his strength and stamina to bully Morales and the Mexican using his sharper punching and ring intelligence to land effective counters and combinations. The fight was fast turning into a modern classic.
In the "championship rounds" (the eleventh and twelfth), Morales seemed to tire and Maidana took advantage, overwhelming him with his strength and punishing the ageing warrior continually to the head and body. Maidana finished the fight much the stronger of the two and his late surge gave him the win on the scorecards, 116–112 twice with the third judge scoring the fight a draw, 114–114.
Maidana was scheduled to defend his title Aug. 27 against Robert Guerrero, but Guerrero suffered a shoulder injury less than two weeks before the fight. Maidana's fought Petr Petrov of Russia on Sept. 23 instead, winning by fourth round knockout.
On February 25, 2012 Maidana moved up to welterweight and fought Devon Alexander who was also moving up in weight.
Maidana clearly seemed uncomfortable in his first fight at the new weight as Alexander dominated the fight and went on to win a lopsided unanimous decision. In his first fight following the Alexander loss, Maidana defeated Jesus Soto Karass on September 15, 2012 by eighth round TKO in a back-and-forth slugfest.
Maidana then fought the largely unknown Angel Martinez on December 12, 2012. Maidana won the fight by KO in the third round.
Maidana scored a TKO over welterweight contender Josesito Lopez in the sixth round of a June 9, 2013 fight. Maidana had injured his hip in the second round and Lopez capitalized tagging his opponent with hard shots. Maidana was able to reverse the tide and hurt Lopez with an overhand right in the sixth round that dropped him to the canvas.
Adrien Broner vs Marcos Maidana
On December 14, 2013, Marcos Maidana defeated the heavily favoured Adrien Broner after 12 rounds via unanimous decision to win the WBA Welterweight title. Maidana dropped the previously unbeaten Broner in the second and eighth rounds and won by comfortable margins on all three judges scorecards, 115–110, 116–109, 117–109. Maidana was a 3/1 underdog entering this fight. He had now won four consecutive fights under the tutelage of boxing trainer Robert Garcia.
Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana
Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana, billed as "The Moment", was a boxing welterweight championship superfight. The bout was held on May 3, 2014, in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, on Showtime PPV. Maidana lost by a Majority Decision, with one judge scoring the bout 114-114 (Draw), and the other two 117-111, and 116-112 in favour of Floyd Mayweather.
Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana II
A rematch with Mayweather was later confirmed, with the bout taking place on September 13, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with Mayweather's WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring welterweight titles at stake, as well as Mayweather's WBC light middleweight title. Mayweather won the match via unanimous decision, with scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111.