Former two-weight World champion Marcos Maidana has teased a potential return to the ring after footage emerged of him hitting the pads with trainer Manny Robles.
Argentinean banger Maidana, now 35, initially retired from the sport in 2014 following back-to-back losses to ‘pound-for-pound’ star Floyd Mayweather Jr. – but appears to be contemplating a return to action.
In the video – in which the former super lightweight and welterweight champion looked considerably above his former fighting weight – ‘El Chino’ called for a trilogy fight with the now-retired Mayweather, as well as a return bout with Amir Khan and possible match-ups with Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao.
Maidana, whose all-action style led him to becoming one of the sport’s most revered brawlers, is most well-known for his December 2013 mauling of then-unbeaten Adrien Broner to capture the WBA World welterweight crown.
He would then go on to face Mayweather in successive bouts, giving the self-styled ‘TBE’ a run for his money across twenty-four rounds in two fights.
With wins over Josesito Lopez, Victor Ortiz and Jesus Soto Karass, Maidana established himself as one of boxing’s most exciting fighters, with a close defeat to Britain’s Amir Khan considered to be one of the fights of the year back in 2010.
Whether Maidana’s claims are serious are still the source of some debate, with the fan favourite clearly having enjoyed the fruits of his labour during his four-and-a-half year exile from the sport.