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J. Mayweather's Take on Adrien Broner and His Potential

By Chris Robinson

While swinging through the Mayweather Boxing Club this week, much of the talk going on in the gym was of course of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s impending release from jail, as well as the recent performance of former junior lightweight champion Adrien Broner this past weekend on HBO.

Inside of the U.S. Bank Arena in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Broner would bludgeon a very determined yet outmatched Vicente Escobedo, stopping his Woodland, California foe inside of five one-sided rounds. Despite his commanding performance, there was a little luster that was lost because of the fact that Broner had lost his title on the scales, weighing in 3 ½ pounds over the junior lightweight limit of 130 on Friday afternoon.

Catching up with respected trainer Jeff Mayweather, I got his take on all things Broner, including Adrien’s dominant display over the weekend, the challenges that await him with his move to 135 pounds, the comparisons he gets to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and more.

Here are a few highlights from my conversation with Mayweather…

Impressed by Adrien Broner…
“I was very impressed by him. I was very impressed. He showed tremendous hand speed, good power, even good defense. He used good angles and obviously, he’s a very confident fighter and he has tremendous belief in himself. Once he made up his mind that he wanted to stop him, he did. He got the job done.”

Whether Broner’s weight issues took away from his performance…
“To be honest, not really. Because, at the end of the day, he would probably be at that weight anyways. It’s just one of those things that it looks bad, because you’re the champion of the world and you look like you don’t respect the fact that you have a world title. Like he said, it’s just a matter of that it’s time for him to move up.”

Broner’s willingness to face all comers at 135 pounds…
“The one thing I like about him is that once the fight was over with, he called out everybody who was anybody at 135 pounds. That in itself speaks volume. He’s still a very young fighter but, like I said, he still has tremendous belief in himself and I take my hat off to him. Because, the one thing about him, he has belief in himself and he’s calling out whoever it is. He’s not shying away from anyone.”

Why Brandon Rios likely isn’t an immediate option…
“Brandon Rios is a warrior but Brandon Rios can’t even make 135 anymore. It would be asinine for him to fight Brandon Rios, because he’d be fighting a welterweight, but at the same time, he has better skills that Brandon Rios and he has the style that can cause him major problems. Brandon Rios is a good, young warrior too but he’s a little tainted now with the gift they gave him.”

The Juan Manuel Marquez factor…
“Marquez, he’s already a proven champion, one of the best out there. Broner is talented, but out of all the people that he did mention, he would probably be the only one that would give ‘The Problem’ a problem.”

Why Broner is often compared to Floyd Mayweather Jr…
“Basically, it’s more his antics. He does try to fight a little bit like Floyd but he’s not as polished yet. But I think, whether he emulates Floyd or anything like that, the guy can fight. You’ve got to take your hat off to him. Early on, I wasn’t really sold on him. But each fight that I’ve seen since the fight with De Leon, where he looked really bad, he’s impressed me over and over. I know that he has it. He has those special skills that he will be the next fighter who is going to be one of the stars of boxing in the future.”

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Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He can be reached at [email protected], www.Twitter.com/CRHarmony, and www.YouTube.com/CRHarmony

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iloveboxing2 on 07-27-2012

Broner, is definitely a good fighter with a good defense and punches with power..and he's only 22. I want to see him fight guys with movement that doesn't backs down. Guerrero or Guzman then Rios or Lucas. I think he'd…

Comment by Cuban Linx on 07-27-2012

Broner is calling out all the easy opponents. DeMarco is not that good, he's got a chin and can take a punch but he's go no boxing ability. He got dominated by Linares for 10 rounds until Linares suffered a…

Comment by torchemup on 07-27-2012

Marquez vs Gesta or Broner make it happen

Comment by smittyville on 07-27-2012

Marquez will beat the **** out of him.

Comment by newcastleking on 07-27-2012

Broner probably thinks that DeMarco doesnt punch hard, I hope he continues to think that. The only guy to sock Broner up was Ponce DeLeon who didnt "walk backwards" like everyone else Broner has fought. Broner wouldnt even fight a…

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