Maidana to sit out all of 2015, return in 2016

Former junior welterweight and welterweight titlist Marcos Maidana won't return to the ring in 2015. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Slugger Marcos Maidana, out of action since last September, when he lost a second decision in a row to now-retired welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, won’t fight at all this year.

Maidana and manager Sebastian Contursi had talked about a return late this year, but Contursi told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Maidana won’t fight again until 2016.

“Maidana is out until 2016,” Contursi said. “To come back before the end of this year was not suitable for Marcos, so we are tentatively targeting the first quarter of next year.”

Maidana, 32, of Argentina, a former junior welterweight and welterweight titlist, has long been one of boxing’s most exciting fighters. He gave Mayweather one of his toughest fight when they met for the first time in May 2014. He lost a majority decision and gave Mayweather another good go in the rematch last September, although it was not as competitive as the first fight.

But having earned several million dollars for the two fights, Maidana decided to take some time off. He has been enjoying life and recently got married.

Although he has put on quite a bit of weight during his year off, Contursi said Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) would like to return to welterweight but could look to junior middleweight.

“We just entertained the idea of giving a shot at making history by becoming the first Argentinean boxer ever to hold world titles in three different weight classes,” Contursi said. “Just an attractive idea for now. The last word on the comeback date/weight subjects belongs to Marcos, of course.

“It will take Marcos a few months to get back in shape, but nothing that we haven’t seen before from other elite fighters. We will know better before the end of the year.”