Marcos Maidana expressed optimism the day before the birth of daughter, Emilia, that her arrival on March 10 would bring him good fortune heading into his May 3 clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"It is said that babies come 'with a loaf of bread under their arms,'" said Maidana, 30, in a report by the El Tribuno Newspaper in his native Santa Fe, Argentina. "The fight is important, but the birth of my daughter is more important than that. I hope she brings a world title with her, too [laughs.]"
The 30-year-old Maidana (35-3, 31 knockouts), who holds the WBA welterweight title, has a unification bout with RING and WBC 147-pound champion Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay Per View, a situation made more significant which given Maidana's becoming a father for the second time.
Born at just over 7.1 pounds to Maidana's fiancee, Mariana, Emilia is Maidana's second child behind 9-year-old son, Marcos Nahuel Maidana. Maidana has the face of his son, nicknamed "Yoyo," tattoed on his chest.
"Family is the most important thing," said Maidana. "Because that's where you feel secure."
Trainer Robert Garcia confirmed to RingTV.com that Maidana arrived "today" to begin preparation.
On its Twitter account, Golden Boy wrote: May 3 is #TheMoment @ChinoMaidana & trainer Robert Garcia are waiting for! Training starts NOW for @FloydMayweather!
Note: Translation and additional information provided by RingTV.com contributor Diego M. Morilla.