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Boxing: Mayweather plans to neutralise Maidana's power

Published on May 1, 2014 10:47 AM
Floyd Mayweather Jr (left) and Marcos Maidana at a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel on April 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. -- PHOTO: AFP

LAS VEGAS (AFP) - Floyd Mayweather returns to the ring for the first time since his demolition of Canelo Alvarez seven months ago looking to add another welterweight belt to his list of titles.

The 37-year-old undefeated American will defend his World Boxing Council 147-pound crown on Saturday against the World Boxing Association champ Marcos Maidana in a unification bout at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

Pound-for-pound king Mayweather said on Wednesday that the key to dethroning the power-punching Maidana is to use his ring smarts to avoid getting hit by the Argentinian's knockout blow.

"It takes more than just power to beat me," Mayweather told a news conference at the Hollywood Theatre inside the MGM Grand on Wednesday. "You got to dig deep and be mentally strong, not just physically strong.

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