Maidana ready for his close-up

Heavy underdog not fazed by odds, naysayers entering bout with Mayweather

Originally Published: May 2, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Marcos Maidana, the powerful puncher and brawler from Argentina, stormed from his corner in the opening round of his welterweight title shot against Adrien Broner in December and never stopped pounding away at him.

Maidana dropped then-undefeated Broner twice, roughed up the Floyd Mayweather Jr. protégé throughout the bout and won a unanimous decision in a fight few had given him a chance to win. Not only did Maidana, a former junior welterweight titleholder, claim ...

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