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By Miguel Rivera
Former world champion Marcos ‘Chino’ Maidana revealed that he would be willing to pick up the gloves, almost five years after his last fight against Floyd Mayweather – but only to face Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, who surprised him with his performance on July 20 against WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.
Maidana (35-5, 31 KO’s) said that unlike the fight with Mayweather, he is not going to have to be running around and it would be a spectacular fight, because Pacquiao does like to come forward.
“I’ve already fought with everyone. Pacquiao would be the only one that I haven’t been in with, and I would go directly into that fight,” Maidana said to ESPN Deportes. “What I like is that he comes forward and so do I, and it would be like a crash. I like Pacquiao’s style, it’s going to be a good fight, a fight that people would enjoy, not like the one with Mayweather where you have to run around the ring.”
Maidana was scheduled to fight again earlier this year, after reaching a three fight deal with Premier Boxing Champions.
But he canceled that plan and went back into retirement – due to a financial dispute with PBC. He claims PBC did not make good on a promised financial advance.
Maidana was shocked at how good Pacquiao, at 40-years-old, looked against Thurman.
“It was surprising how he looked, he looked better than he did in other fights. He did very well, at 40, it’s surprising,” said Maidana.
Maidana, who fought Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander, Adrien Broner, Josesito Lopez, Amir Khan, Erik Morales and Mayweather twice – views Pacquiao as the final challenge.
“There is only one boxer left for me to test myself against, Manny Pacquiao. So with that we are waiting, I would return for him, I would like to do that,” Maidana said.