Marcos Maidana, coming off an eighth round stoppage victory over Jesus Soto-Karass in an excellent fight, has an upcoming bout scheduled for December 12 in his native country, Argentina. Despite the fight only being a few weeks away, no opponent has been brought in to lose, I mean, scheduled, yet.
While training in Oxnard, California with Robert Garcia, Maidana took some time to discuss his plans for 2013. Here is what he told Boxing Scene:
"Im going to wait for the fight between (Robert) Guerrero and (Andre) Berto. And, well, I'm going to see if I can get the winner."
" (I'd rather fight) with Guerrero because he's a southpaw and with the southpaws, it's easier to get inside on them."
This is not exactly shocking news here. For one, Maidana seems to call out a lot of people. After Paulie Malignaggi won a tight decision over Pablo Cano, Maidana tweeted that he wanted his belt. Remember when he tweeted that he was, indeed, going to be fighting Canelo Alvarez? Thankfully, that one never happened.
However, Maidana was actually scheduled to go toe-to-toe with Guerrero last year. Unfortunately, the fight had to be cancelled due to Guerrero injuring his shoulder. It was the latest in a string of seemingly bad luck for the lanky southpaw who seemed to never quite get the big fight he coveted. Now, with his win over Selcuk Aydin in July, Guerrero is back on track, albeit at a higher weight class.
Would Maidana actually get the winner? I'm not sure, but he is promoted by Golden Boy, who is promoting the event, so that certainly helps. There would be no Golden Boy/Top Rank feud junk to deal with. That being said, he may be viewed as a step back for the winner. If Devon Alexander looked unstoppable destroying Maidana, what does any other top name at 147 have to gain by beating him?
Ultimately, however, I could see Maidana possibly getting the winner. He could be a good "solid name, easy fight" for either man. Maidana never was that great anyways, and I don't feel moving to 147 will do him any favors either. I can easily envision him as a stay-busy bout for a top fighter.
Maidana has had mixed results to show for his foray into welterweight. He was schooled by Alexander earlier in the year before returning to stop Soto-Karass. His fight next month will be an easy one, orchestrated only to stay busy and put on a show for the home crowd.
Robert Guerrero and Andre Berto will square off this Saturday night in a fight with major implications for both men going forward.