Marcos Maidana

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Marcos Maidana
Marcos René Maidana.jpg
Maidana in 2009
Real name Marcos René Maidana
Nickname(s) El Chino[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Argentine
Born (1983-07-17) July 17, 1983 (age 34)
Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 40
Wins 35
Wins by KO 31
Losses 5

Marcos René Maidana (born July 17, 1983) is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2014. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA (Regular) super lightweight title from 2011 to 2012, and the WBA welterweight title from 2013 to 2014. A versatile brawler in the ring, Maidana was well known for his formidable punching power, and was never stopped in any of his five losses.

Professional career[edit]

Light welterweight[edit]

Maidana vs. Kotelnik[edit]

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 vs. Ortiz[edit]

Maidana's first fight in the United States was against Victor Ortíz, that took place on June 27, 2009.[2] 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.[2]

Maidana vs. Cayo[edit]

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.[3] However, Khan opted for Paulie Malignaggi as his next opponent. As a result, Maidana was scheduled to fight on March 27, 2010 against Victor Cayo, whose record, at that time, was 24-0 with 75% of victories coming by way of knockout.[4] 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.[5]

Maidana vs. Corley[edit]

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).[6][7]

Maidana vs. Khan[edit]

Before his fight with Corley, Maidana accused Khan and trainer Freddie Roach of "hypocrisy" and called out Khan in an interview:

On September 15, ESPN revealed that both fighters had agreed to fight on December 11 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.[9]

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 (114-111, 114-111, 113-112).[10][11] The fight was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America Award for Fight of the Year.[12]

Maidana vs. Morales[edit]

In the first round against Érik 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.[13]


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.[14]

Maidana then fought the largely unknown Angel Martinez on December 12, 2012. Maidana won the fight by KO in the third round.

Maidana vs. Lopez[edit]

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.[15] Lopez later said that Maidana is the hardest puncher he ever faced.[16]

Maidana vs. Broner[edit]

On December 14, 2013, Marcos Maidana defeated the heavily favored 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.[17] He had now won four consecutive fights under the tutelage of boxing trainer Robert Garcia.

Maidana vs. Mayweather Jr.[edit]

The pinnacle of Maidana's career came in 2014, when he secured a fight against undefeated multiple-time world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., in an event billed as The Moment. The bout was held on May 3 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and aired on Showtime pay-per-view. Maidana would go on to lose his WBA welterweight title via majority decision after a competitive fight, in which Maidana spent a significant portion using aggression, constant pressure, and rough-house tactics against Mayweather. By the end, one judge scored the bout a draw at 114–114, while the other two scored it 117–111 and 116–112 in favor of Mayweather. The fight was viewed as close by some ringside observers, fans and experts alike, and the two wide scorecards were deemed controversial given the competitive nature of the fight.[18]

Maidana vs. Mayweather Jr. II[edit]

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 fairly one sided affair via unanimous decision, with scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111. Maidana hurt Mayweather greatly at the end of the third round; he drew Floyd in with a jab that he attempted to counter with a straight right hand but in the process moved his head into a return counter by Maidana in the form of an overhand right that sent Floyd back into the ropes, just as the bell rang to end the round. Despite this, Maidana had little success in the bout.[19][20]


On August 9, 2016, Maidana officially announced his retirement from professional boxing at the age of 33, allegedly moving into an advisory role.[21] Maidana wrote in a letter addressed to boxing friends on social media: "After a long time out of the ring and after giving it a lot of thought since my last fight I've decided to hang up the gloves for good. Probably my decision would not surprise much as I had given hints of it in the last few months. But at this time I am making it official." Maidana finished with a career record of 35 wins in 40 fights, 31 wins coming by way of knockout and 5 decision losses.[22]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
40 fights 35 wins 5 losses
By knockout 31 0
By decision 4 5
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
40 Loss 35–5 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. UD 12 Sep 13, 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles;
For WBC and lineal light middleweight titles
39 Loss 35–4 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. MD 12 May 3, 2014 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA welterweight title;
For WBC, The Ring, and lineal welterweight titles
38 Win 35–3 United States Adrien Broner UD 12 Dec 14, 2013 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Won WBA welterweight title
37 Win 34–3 United States Josesito López TKO 6 (12), 1:18 Jun 8, 2013 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title
36 Win 33–3 Mexico Martin Ángel Martínez KO 3 (12), 1:21 Dec 12, 2012 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title
35 Win 32–3 Mexico Jesús Soto Karass TKO 8 (12), 0:43 Sep 15, 2012 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBA International welterweight title
34 Loss 31–3 United States Devon Alexander UD 10 Feb 25, 2012 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
33 Win 31–2 Russia Petr Petrov KO 4 (12), 2:44 Sep 23, 2011 Argentina Sociedad Alemana, Villa Ballester, Argentina Retained WBA (Regular) super lightweight title
32 Win 30–2 Mexico Érik Morales MD 12 Apr 9, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA interim super lightweight title
31 Loss 29–2 United Kingdom Amir Khan UD 12 Dec 11, 2010 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA super lightweight title
30 Win 29–1 United States DeMarcus Corley UD 12 Aug 28, 2010 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained WBA interim super lightweight title
29 Win 28–1 Dominican Republic Victor Cayo KO 6 (12), 1:38 Mar 27, 2010 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA interim super lightweight title
28 Win 27–1 Panama William Gonzalez KO 3 (12), 2:20 Nov 21, 2009 Argentina Club Deportivo Libertad, Sunchales, Argentina Retained WBA interim super lightweight title
27 Win 26–1 United States Victor Ortiz TKO 6 (12), 0:46 Jun 27, 2009 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant WBA interim super lightweight title
26 Loss 25–1 Ukraine Andreas Kotelnik SD 12 Feb 7, 2009 Germany StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany For WBA super lightweight title
25 Win 25–0 Mexico Silverio Ortiz KO 2 (8), 2:04 Nov 1, 2008 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Rodriguez KO 7 (10), 2:35 Aug 29, 2008 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello, Düsseldorf, Germany
23 Win 23–0 Brazil Esmeraldo José Da Silva TKO 2 (10), 2:34 Jul 11, 2008 Argentina Club Deportivo Libertad, Sunchales, Argentina
22 Win 22–0 Mexico Arturo Morua TKO 3 (10), 1:36 Apr 19, 2008 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Manuel Garnica KO 8 (10), 0:48 Dec 7, 2007 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
20 Win 20–0 Brazil Jairo Moura dos Santos TKO 2 (8), 0:28 Aug 16, 2007 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama
19 Win 19–0 Hungary Laszlo Komjathi TKO 3 (8), 0:37 Jun 30, 2007 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
18 Win 18–0 Panama Miguel Callist TKO 3 (12), 2:59 Dec 22, 2006 Argentina Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won WBA Fedelatin super lightweight title
17 Win 17–0 Argentina José Herley Zúñiga Montaño KO 1 (10), 2:13 Sep 23, 2006 Argentina Club Regatas, Santa Fe, Argentina
16 Win 16–0 Argentina Ariel Gerardo Aparicio TKO 1 (10), 2:58 Jul 15, 2006 Argentina Unidad Funcional Pueblo Chico, Tortuguitas, Argentina
15 Win 15–0 Argentina Luis Gustavo Sosa KO 1 (10), 2:59 May 20, 2006 Argentina Centro Municipal Nº 29, Santa Fe, Argentina
14 Win 14–0 Argentina Omar Leon KO 1 (6), 0:21 Apr 22, 2006 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 Win 13–0 Argentina Sergio Javier Benítez KO 3 (10), 2:20 Feb 11, 2006 Argentina Club Sportivo América, Rosario, Argentina
12 Win 12–0 Argentina Rubén Darío Oliva KO 2 (10), 2:20 Nov 26, 2005 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
11 Win 11–0 Argentina Marcelo Martin Miranda TKO 3 (10), 0:44 Oct 1, 2005 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 Win 10–0 Argentina Daniel Benito Carriqueo UD 6 Aug 6, 2005 Argentina Estadio Ruca Che, Neuquén, Argentina
9 Win 9–0 Argentina Sergio Javier Benítez TKO 3 (6), 1:45 Jun 18, 2005 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
8 Win 8–0 Argentina Omar Leon TKO 4 (10), 1:50 May 7, 2005 Argentina Estadio Virgen de Lujan, Centenario, Argentina
7 Win 7–0 Argentina Avelino Virgilio Silveira KO 1 (6), 1:03 Mar 26, 2005 Argentina SAG Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires, Argentina
6 Win 6–0 Argentina Adolfo Espinoza TKO 1 (6), 3:00 Jan 29, 2005 Argentina Atlético Club, Quilmes, Argentina
5 Win 5–0 Argentina Francisco Humberto Sanabria RTD 1 (4), 2:13 Dec 18, 2004 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 Win 4–0 Argentina Ramon Alberto Marquez TKO 1 (4), 1:02 Oct 23, 2004 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 Win 3–0 Argentina Cristian Pablo Gastón Ruiz RTD 2 (6), 1:53 Sep 4, 2004 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 Win 2–0 Argentina Germán Omar Jesús Sánchez TKO 1 (4), 1:50 Jul 24, 2004 Argentina Club Sportivo América, Rosario, Argentina
1 Win 1–0 Argentina Adán Basilio Mironchik KO 1 (4), 0:50 Jun 12, 2004 Argentina Regatas Corrientes, Corrientes, Argentina Professional debut

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
April 9, 2011
Morales vs. Maidana Action Heroes 50,000 HBO
May 3, 2014
Mayweather vs. Maidana The Moment 900,000 Showtime
September 13, 2014
Mayweather vs. Maidana Mayhem 925,000 Showtime

Personal life[edit]

Maidana said that he would support his son being a boxer if his son wanted to become a boxer, but Maidana said that he would not want his son to become a boxer.[23]

Maidana said that he is of indigenous descent.[24]

Maidana said that he liked the "Chino" nickname, and Maidana said that he was not going to change it.[25]


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  4. ^ "Professional boxing record of Victor Manuel Cayo". BoxRec. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "ESPN – Marcos Maidana KOs Victor Cayo". ESPN Boxing. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Maidana still champion: Has trouble, but beats Corley". Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Marcos Rene Maidana – Boxer. (1983-07-17). Retrieved on 2014-05-04.
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  11. ^ Joe Cortez to referee Khan vs. Maidana fight: This might work well for Amir. (2010-12-07). Retrieved on 2014-05-04.
  12. ^ Amir scoops American honour, Sky Sports
  13. ^ Maidana vs Petrov Results: No Trouble for Maidana in Argentina, TKO-4 Win. Bad Left Hook. Retrieved on 2014-05-04.
  14. ^ Marcos Maidana wins bitter brawl over Jesus Soto Karras – ESPN. (2012-09-16). Retrieved on 2014-05-04.
  15. ^ Coppinger, Mike (2013-06-09). "Marcos Maidana stops Josesito Lopez in 6th round". USA Today. 
  16. ^ Josesito Lopez: Biggest Puncher I have ever Faced, EsNews (October 22, 2015)
  17. ^ Velin, Bob (2013-12-14). "Marcos Maidana stuns Adrien Broner for welterweight belt". USA Today. 
  18. ^ "Mayweather decisions Maidana in thriller". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  19. ^ "Floyd Mayweather confirms Marcos Maidana rematch on September 13". Sky Sports. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mayweather and Maidana to fight for two-weight WBC titles". World Boxing News. Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "Maidana retires at 33". Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  23. ^ In a YouTube video titled, "Marcos Maidana Rolling In A Limo Exclusive video - esnews boxing", which was published to YouTube on September 12, 2012, an interviewer asked Maidana what he would tell his son if his son told him that he wanted to become a boxer. The translator translated Maidana's response as, "Boxing's a hard sport, very uh dangerous sport, you know. If that's what my son wants to do, and that's his destiny, uh, you know, God bless him, you know, but uh. He doesn't, he wouldn't want his son to fight, but uh if that's uh, something that he chooses to, to do, he's gonna support him." This quote starts at the 8:40 mark of the video, and the quote ends at the 8:56 mark of the video.
  24. ^ In a YouTube video titled, "maidana gets new tattoo EsNews Boxing", an interviewer asked Maidana, "Do they have Indians in uh, Argentina? I'm sure they do. You have Indians in Argentina, Marco?" The translator translated Maidana's response to this question as, "Yeah, absolutely. There's a little bit of everything. Argentina's huge! And he, he comes from uh, Indian descent... like tribes from, from Argentina". The interviewer's quote starts at the 4:18 mark of the video, and the interviewer's quote ends at the 4:23 mark of the video. The translator's quote starts at the 4:26 mark of the video, and the translator's quote ends at 4:38 mark of the video.
  25. ^ In a YouTube video titled, "Marcos Maidana - Post-Fight Interview - SHOWTIME Boxing" which was published to YouTube on December 14, 2013, a reporter asked Maidana if he was going to change his nickname to something else. Robert Garcia translated Maidana's response to this question as, "I'm always going to be Chino. I like my name." The reporter's question starts at the start of the video, and the reporter's quote ends at the 0:03 mark of the video. Robert Garcia's quote starts at the 0:09 mark of the video, and Garcia's quote ends at the 0:12 mark of the video.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Miguel Callist
WBA Fedelatin super lightweight champion
December 22, 2006 – June 2007
Title next held by
Alberto Mosquera
Title last held by
Kell Brook
WBA International welterweight champion
December 12, 2012 – December 14, 2013
Won world title
Title next held by
Bradley Skeete
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Randall Bailey
WBA super lightweight champion
Interim title

June 27, 2009 – December 11, 2010
Lost bid for full title
Title next held by
Title last held by
WBA super lightweight champion
Interim title

April 9, 2011 – July 23, 2011
Title next held by
Johan Pérez
Preceded by
Amir Khan
promoted to Super champion
WBA super lightweight champion
Regular title

July 23, 2011 – July 16, 2012
Title next held by
Khabib Allakhverdiev
Preceded by
Adrien Broner
WBA welterweight champion
December 14, 2013 – May 3, 2014
Lost bid for Super title
Title next held by
Keith Thurman
Juan Manuel Márquez vs.
Juan Díaz
BWAA Fight of the Year
vs. Amir Khan

Delvin Rodríguez vs.
Paweł Wolak
Sergio Martínez
Olimpia Award
Adolfo Cambiaso
Sonny Boy Jaro
KO6 Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
The Ring Upset of the Year
UD12 Adrien Broner

Chris Algieri
SD12 Ruslan Provodnikov