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Adrien Broner: More than just Floyd Mayweather’s Protégé?

by on Nov.05, 2013, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

by John Martinez

Originally published on, November 4, 2013 — Professional Boxing. A sport with no halftimes, no second or third string backups, no bathroom breaks, and no teammates to help carry the load. Ultimately, its two combatants climbing through the ropes of a squared circle and through calculated aggression, delivering controlled rage in a grueling test of fortitude, conditioning, power, and will.

It takes a special type of athlete to succeed in this sport. Unlike the other combat sport, MMA, boxing doesn’t afford lazy jabs, telegraphed hooks, and “defense” that allots the fighter’s hands to be at mid-torso. Amateurish tactics like those described inevitably lead to justifiably, violent knock outs.

On December 14, WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27, 0, 22KO) will meet heavy-handed slugger, Marcos Maidana (34, 3,31KO) in the main event of a stacked card on SHOWTIME Network in a classic matchup of brawler versus boxer. Speed versus brute force and hype versus battle-tested true-grit.

Adrien Broner is the pugilist gifted with hand speed and flight of foot. He has an undefeated record and stands at the cusp of greatness. He’s won titles in multiple weight classes and considered by many to be “special.”

His promoters and ardent followers believe he’s the future of boxing. They believe he’s the second coming of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and why shouldn’t they believe this? After all, the similarities are numerous. He mimics Mayweather’s shoulder roll defense, brandishes wads of cash and spends it freely, just like Mayweather. At times, he seems to try and out Floyd, Floyd himself. However, Broner’s outlandish self-promoting antics (self-made XXX video, sitting on the toilet flushing cash down the drain, and who can forget his video of he and a stripper engaging in a sex act on stage?) can be characterized as a low rent version of a younger, wilder Mayweather.

Adrien’s outspoken disregard for his opponents seem to be ripped straight from Floyd Mayweather’s playbook of how to self-promote. In other words, for many critics, scribes, and fans alike, Adrien Broner’s act has a “we’ve-seen-that-movie-before” feel to it. It comes across as juvenile, ill-advised, and desperate.

When I asked what separates him from his “big brother” Floyd Mayweather and he said, “I’m me. I’m Adrien Broner and he’s Floyd Mayweather. We have similar styles… I can pick my shots and stay away and pick you apart, but I choose to come after you (opponent). When I go in there (the ring), I’m coming to get you.”

Upon hearing him say this, I couldn’t help but wonder if he was suggesting Mayweather doesn’t possess a killer instinct? He then followed it up by assuring he would retain his title by knocking Maidana out in what he promises will be a “real show” for everyone that loves him-especially those that hate him.

“Look, this is gonna be a helluva fight. I will knock him (Maidana) out.” This is good news for fight fans because Maidana echoed the same objective-win by knock out.

Say what you will about the crass, out-spoken boxing phenom from Ohio, but give credit where credit is due – he isn’t taking the easy road for his first title defense at welterweight.

After winning the welterweight title, he said he’d “let the fans decide who his next opponent will be” adding that he’ll “face anyone.” The fans had their say and he responded like a true professional.

Maidana is a true challenge to Broner. Under the tutelage of world-renowned boxing coach, Robert Garcia, Maidana seems more focused in strategy and balanced in footwork.

He has dispensed the jab more, thus setting up well placed power shots unlike his previous style of wreck less abandonment bloated with telegraphed overhand rights and wide hooks. In short, Maidana is growing into a true prizefighter and unlike Paulie Malignaggi, whom Broner wrested the welterweight title from, Maidana can hit and take a hit.

For those that saw the fight, recall how many times Malignaggi was able to land his jabs and some power shots versus a more defensive and economical Broner. Imagine if Paulie threw authoritative punches as opposed to punches that land like feathers?

As Broner stated to me, “you need to watch the fight. He (Paulie) never landed on me. He never landed anything flush on me and the same will happen with him (Maidana). He won’t land on me.”

Adrien, continues to emulate “big brother,” forgetting that there’s a fine line between self-assuredness and outright denial. Despite Floyd’s God-gifted defense skills, he always acknowledged when he was hit e.g. Cotto fight.

Mayweather’s earned his place in boxing lore, now we’ll find out if Broner truly is on the cusp of greatness. He will get hit on December 14. He will be tested and we will find out if his undefeated record is a reflection of his talent or just another fighter that padded his record with B and C class fighters only to be exposed once he faced a real challenge, as is seemingly the case with Saul Alvarez.

Whatever one may think of him, his approach to picking opponents is refreshing and welcoming.

He promises that the fans will continue to have a say in his opposition: “I’ ll fight whomever you all want me to fight. The next one is going to be the same way. After I (expletive) him up on Dec. 14, I’ll fight whomever you want.”

John Martinez is respected boxing journalist having interviewed many of the sport’s top fighters. A regular contributor to Boxscore, John is veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and is currently serving in the 17th Psycological Operation Battalion in Austin, Texas.

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