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]
Rated at Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Argentine
Born (1983-07-17) July 17, 1983 (age 32)
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 professional boxer and a two-weight former world champion, having held the WBA (Regular) super lightweight and WBA (Super) welterweight titles. A versatile brawler in the ring, Maidana is well known for his punching power.

Professional career[edit]

Light Welterweight[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's first fight in the United States was against Mexican-American Victor Ortíz, that took place on June 27, 2009.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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).[7][8]

Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana[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.[10]

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.[11][12] The fight was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America Award for Fight of the Year.[13]

Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana[edit]

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.[14]


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.[15]

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.[16]

Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana[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.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana[edit]

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 favor of Floyd Mayweather.[18]

Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana 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]

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (31 knockouts, 4 decisions), 5 Losses (0 knockouts, 5 decisions), 0 Draws[21]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 35–5 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. UD 12 2014-09-13 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring Welterweight and WBC Light Middleweight titles.
Loss 35–4 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. MD 12 2014-05-03 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBA (Super) Welterweight title.
For WBC and The Ring Welterweight titles.
Win 35–3 United States Adrien Broner UD 12 2013-12-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Won WBA Welterweight title.
Win 34–3 United States Josesito López TKO 6 (12), 1:18 2013-06-08 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Win 33–3 Mexico Martin Ángel Martínez KO 3 (12), 1:21 2012-12-12 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental Welterweight title.
Win 32–3 Mexico Jesús Soto Karass TKO 8 (12), 0:43 2012-09-15 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBA International Welterweight title.
Loss 31–3 United States Devon Alexander UD 10 2012-02-25 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Win 31–2 Russia Petr Petrov KO 4 (12), 2:44 2011-09-23 Argentina Sociedad Alemana, Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires Retained WBA (Regular) Light Welterweight title.
Win 30–2 Mexico Érik Morales MD 12 2011-04-09 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.
Loss 29–2 United Kingdom Amir Khan UD 12 2010-12-11 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas For WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 29–1 United States DeMarcus Corley UD 12 2010-08-28 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Retained Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 28–1 Dominican Republic Victor Manuel Cayo KO 6 (12), 1:38 2010-03-27 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 27–1 Panama William Gonzalez KO 3 (12), 2:20 2009-11-21 Argentina Club Deportivo Libertad, Sunchales, Santa Fe Retained Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 26–1 United States Victor Ortiz TKO 6 (12), 0:46 2009-06-27 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won Interim WBA Light Welterweight title.
Loss 25–1 Ukraine Andreas Kotelnik SD 12 2009-02-07 Germany Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern For WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 25–0 Mexico Silverio Ortiz KO 2 (8), 2:04 2008-11-01 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 24–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Rodriguez KO 7 (10), 2:35 2008-08-29 Germany Burg-Waechter Castello, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Win 23–0 Brazil Esmeraldo José Da Silva TKO 2 (10), 2:34 2008-07-11 Argentina Club Deportivo Libertad, Sunchales, Santa Fe
Win 22–0 Mexico Arturo Morua TKO 3 (10), 1:36 2008-04-19 Germany Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt
Win 21–0 Mexico Manuel Garnica KO 8 (10), 0:48 2007-12-07 Germany Sporthalle Hamburg, Hamburg
Win 20–0 Brazil Jairo Moura dos Santos TKO 2 (8), 0:28 2007-08-16 Panama Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panamá
Win 19–0 Hungary Laszlo Komjathi TKO 3 (8), 0:37 2007-06-30 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Win 18–0 Panama Miguel Callist TKO 3 (12), 2:59 2006-12-22 Argentina Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Won WBA Fedelatin Light Welterweight title.
Win 17–0 Argentina José Herley Zúñiga Montaño KO 1 (10), 2:13 2006-09-23 Argentina Club Regatas, Santa Fe, Santa Fe
Win 16–0 Argentina Ariel Gerardo Aparicio TKO 1 (10), 2:58 2006-07-15 Argentina Unidad Funcional Pueblo Chico, Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires
Win 15–0 Argentina Luis Gustavo Sosa KO 1 (10), 2:59 2006-05-20 Argentina Centro Municipal Nº 29, Santa Fe, Santa Fe
Win 14–0 Argentina Omar Leon KO 1 (6), 0:21 2006-04-22 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Win 13–0 Argentina Sergio Javier Benítez KO 3 (10), 2:20 2006-02-11 Argentina Club Sportivo America, Rosario, Santa Fe
Win 12–0 Argentina Rubén Darío Oliva KO 2 (10), 2:20 2005-11-26 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Win 11–0 Argentina Marcelo Martin Miranda TKO 3 (10), 0:44 2005-10-01 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Win 10–0 Argentina Daniel Benito Carriqueo UD 6 2005-08-06 Argentina Estadio Ruca Che, Neuquén, Neuquén
Win 9–0 Argentina Sergio Javier Benítez TKO 3 (6), 1:45 2005-06-18 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Win 8–0 Argentina Omar Leon TKO 4 (10), 1:50 2005-05-07 Argentina Estadio Virgen de Lujan, Centenario, Neuquén
Win 7–0 Argentina Avelino Virgilio Silveira KO 1 (6), 1:03 2005-03-26 Argentina Sociedad Alemana de Gimnasia, Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires
Win 6–0 Argentina Adolfo Espinoza TKO 1 (6), 3:00 2005-01-29 Argentina Quilmes Atlético Club, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 5–0 Argentina Francisco Humberto Sanabria RTD 1 (4), 2:13 2004-12-18 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Win 4–0 Argentina Ramon Alberto Marquez TKO 1 (4), 1:02 2004-10-23 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Win 3–0 Argentina Cristian Pablo Gastón Ruiz RTD 2 (6),1:53 2004-09-04 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Win 2–0 Argentina Germán Omar Jesús Sánchez TKO 1 (4), 1:50 2004-07-24 Argentina Club Sportivo America, Rosario, Santa Fe
Win 1–0 Argentina Adán Basilio Mironchik KO 1 (4), 0:50 2004-06-12 Argentina Regatas Corrientes, Corrientes, Corrientes Professional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

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


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