Robert Garcia on the Maidana photo, ‘I know he doesn’t want to (box).’
Trainer Robert Garcia saw the recent photo of a chunky Marcos Maidana that nearly crashed the (boxing) internet. And he wasn’t surprised.
Maidana, who hasn’t fought since he was decisioned by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Sept. of 2014, is sitting on a milk crate surrounded by acquaintances, his exposed stomach protruding over his waist, his face rounder than normal. To Garcia, who guided Maidana in his last six fights, it’s proof that Maidana no longer has any desire to fight. “I know for a fact he doesn’t really want to do it,” he told RingTV.com on Monday. “His heart isn’t in it.”
A yearning to box is something that Maidana (35-5, 31 knockouts) has always struggled with, Garcia said. In fact, Garcia revealed that Maidana was toying with the idea of retirement after he lost to Devon Alexander in 2012, such was his apathy toward the sport. Maidana has little regard for boxing, Garcia said. He never really watched the sport or followed its storylines. When he was set to face Adrien Broner in Dec. of 2013, Maidana raised an eyebrow at his brash rival. “He had no idea who Broner was,” Garcia said.
The photo, Garcia said, is therefore not a surprise. It’s irrefutable evidence of the way in which Maidana, 32, has long viewed the sport: As a means to an end.
“To me it’s not surprise that he’s that heavy,” Garcia said in a phone interview. “And I’m not going to criticize him. I support him and whatever decision he makes. But for me, I wouldn’t want him to fight again.”
Maidana looks to be upwards of 50 pounds heavier than he was in his welterweight fight against Mayweather, clearly enjoying the spoils of those last two lucrative bouts against Mayweather. “Maidana doesn’t have to fight anymore,” said Garcia, who has not spoken to Maidana recently. “And I support him. If he never fights again I totally understand that. He wasn’t that fighter that loves the sport anymore. He did it because he was just good at it and he was getting paid good. His last three fights were the win against (Adrien) Broner and then two huge fights with Mayweather- that’s all he wanted. That’s all he needed. If he ever fights again, I think it’s because maybe people are pushing him to fight again.”
Garcia noted it was never a struggle to coax Maidana into training. The rich purses spurred him on, the trainer said. But it was the time in between fights where Maidana struggled.
“I just know for a fact that since the first time they brought him to me (after he lost a decision to Alexander in 2012)- that’s the first thing his manager told me- ‘Look, this kid already wants to retire,'” Garcia recalled. “‘He doesn’t want to fight again. So we want him to have another shot with a new trainer.’ So when he came to me, things changed. He was at the gym, all the fighters around him motivated him. But I know he doesn’t love the sport.”
Now did he ever follow it. He had no idea who Broner was. The same was the case of Keith Thurman, who Maidana turned down- not because he feared him. He had no idea who he was at the time, Garcia said.
Maidana’s braintrust was contacted about facing the up-and-coming Thurman after Maidana stopped Jesus Soto Karass in eight rounds in Sept. of 2012, Garcia says. Maidana’s camp turned it down because there was little upside in facing him at the time, he said.
“So all that talk about Keith Thurman and Maidana- when they called us about the fight, Maidana had no idea who Keith Thurman was,” Garcia said. “Maidana fights whoever we match him against. He’s not one of those boxing guys.”