Marcos Maidana believes he can settle the increasingly hostile dispute between boxing's leading factions.
The Argentinean power puncher will face Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3 and has been the unwitting fall guy in an acrimonious battle involving the sport's two biggest promoters, its most important networks and its highest-profile fighters.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum blasted the Mayweather camp and its broadcast ally Showtime last week in a vitriolic rant in which he accused the pound-for-pound king of cherry-picking weak opposition instead of squaring off with Manny Pacquiao.
While Arum's method of delivery came under scrutiny – he repeatedly used the term "thug" to refer to the Mayweather crew and urged fans to boycott the broadcast – Maidana was caught along in the crossfire of the 82-year-old's rant, which attempted to minimize his credentials as a legitimate opponent.
Although few give Maidana a chance to win, he believes he can settle the argument ofRead More »from Marcos Maidana has the power to change boxing's tired narrative