News | Sep 10 2014

Marcos Maidana’s trainer believes Floyd Mayweather can last as long as Bernard Hopkins

Maidana, like Robert Garcia, also refuses to criticise Mayweather ahead of Saturday's sequel, writes Matt Christie
Garcia, Maidana

THE few observers predicting that Marcos Maidana will give Floyd Mayweather a tougher contest than their May opener base their views on the American’s advancing age. But the challenger’s trainer Robert Garcia does not believe, openly at least, that Mayweather’s form is declining with time.

“I don’t think age is a factor,” he said. “He [Mayweather] is a great athlete. He is always in great condition. I don’t think he drinks, I don’t think he smokes. Look at Bernard Hopkins, he’s the same and he’s 49, still at the top. I think Floyd is going the same way.”

There had been some bad feeling brewing between Mayweather and his opponent’s trainer in the build-up after the undefeated 37-year-old pointed out Maidana’s dirty tactics in the first bout. Garcia admitted that those comments might do the Las Vegas resident some favours in the MGM Grand return.


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