Since the Andriy Kotelnik fight, Marcos Maidana has been 0-for-2 in world title bouts. He had fought and won interim belts but couldn’t seem to get past for the real one.
Just one step and one opportunity, but it seems he keeps on faltering on the finish line. It was never a question about dedication or heart. Marcos just came short, even with a questionable decision against Kotelnik or at times when he rocked Amir Khan on his second world title fight. Somehow fate has a way of letting him know that it’s still not his time…not his battle yet.
Amir Khan has long been eyeing for a Floyd Mayweather match in Wimbledon or a slugfest with his current teammate and sparring partner, Manny Pacquiao, which means he will be moving up a notch higher in a star-studded welterweight division. Timothy Bradley will soon be signing with Top Rank, hoping to get a crack at Pacquiao and the same with Devon Alexander, who is a free agent.
Suddenly, there is a big vacuum in the light welterweight division. However, it is something Maidana and Lucas Matthysse would readily fill in. Two big punchers with so much room and so few options; they are in a collision course, like a combustible material that is ready to explode any time.
There are still Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson, Mike Alvarado, Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero. However, it seems the crown will have to rest on either Maidana’s or Matthysse’s head.
Marcos wants that crown more than ever. It has been elusive to him for two years, and he felt this is his time, his moment and his celebration.
There is no king by default; everything happened for a reason. This is his race now, and this time he is pretty sure he will get into the finish line.
He will have to take care on his upcoming battle with Robert Guerrero, then a fire power showdown with Matthysse.
This is going to be war and definitely going to be Marcos Maidana’s battle.