Argentine boxer Marcos Maidana lost a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May. And now he’s going back for more. On September 13, Maidana will fight Mayweather again. “He’s not as good as people think,” said Maidana, who admitted to making mistakes in May. “So this time I’m going to be ready,” he said during a Showtime media roundtable. Maidana says he doesn’t need to change his training much. So what has changed? Maidana’s motive to win — money.
Mayweather earned a guaranteed purse of $32 million for the May fight (that didn’t include his Showtime pay-per-view share), while Maidana made just $1.5 million. Maidana would like to be on the other end of that split. According to Phil D. Jay of WorldBoxingNews.net, Maidana couldn’t cash his check for the May fight right away. His former trainer, Guillermo Serra, hired a lawyer and claimed he was entitled to some of it. Maidana eventually got to deposit the $1.5 million but reports say he may have legal issues moving forward. Successful businesspeople say money is not the best motivator to achieve success but when it comes to motivating people into doing dangerous, repetitive, physical tasks, some say, “money works perfectly well.”