Marcos Maidana has been in the ring with some big names and some top fighters over his career. He emerged on the American scene by coming out of nowhere to trade knockdowns with and eventually stop Victor Ortiz back in 2009, and he's also shared the ring with Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Devon Alexander, Jesus Soto Karass, and Josesito Lopez since then.
On Saturday night, Maidana (34-3, 31 KO) faces Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO) for Broner's WBA welterweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Though Maidana is the underdog and it's easy to see him having trouble with the speed of Broner, as he did against Khan and Alexander, the Argentinean slugger's power keeps him dangerous in any fight. And at any rate, he's not sure that Broner brings anything to the table that he hasn't already seen and learned from.
"I am not sure that he is the best I've faced, but he is definitely different," Maidana said on Wednesday at a media workout.
Maidana, 30, is hoping that an old boxing adage will ring true in this fight: kill the body, and the head will follow.
"The plan is that when I fight Broner, I am going to hit him everywhere and be busier. I'm prepared to throw many punches in the fight and pressure him. I've also trained to cut off the ring," he said.
"It's very important to attack the body, the arms and later the head."