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Marcos “Chino” Maidana officially announced his retirement on Tuesday following months of hints over social media.
Maidana’s pure grittiness and unerring determination made him one of boxing’s most beloved competitors. During his ten-year career, the Margarita City, Argentina, native earned two world titles to compliment a record of dazzling battles.
In a Facebook post to his “boxing friends,” Maidana said: “After a long time out of the rings and after giving it a lot of thinking since my last fight I’ve decided to hang up the gloves for good. Probably my decision would not surprise much as I had given hints of it in the last few months. But at this time I am making it official.”
Maidana hadn’t fought since 2014 following a double-header against the unbeaten Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. In their first contest, Maidana troubled Mayweather Jr. in the early rounds before the American eventually found his groove and eked out majority decision with scores of 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112.
The second fight—Maidana’s last—was a lot more one-sided. Money maintained the positive momentum garnered from their first bout and won a relatively one-sided affair via unanimous decision with scores of 115-112 and 116-111 twice.
However, in the third round, Maidana did land one of his wild right hands on the chin of Money’s, which sent him staggering back into the ropes. Unfortunately for the Argentine, the shot landed just seconds before the bell rung. It was a punch powerful enough to almost cause an upset which would have sent shockwaves across the sporting world transcending boxing. But, alas, it wasn’t to be.
Maidana’s statement, however, does suggest he’s hanging his gloves up with no regrets—he had simply lost the fire that fuelled him for all 40 of his professional fights. “Before anything else, I must say ….View full article