by David P. Greisman
Former lightweight title challenger John Molina Jr. spoke with BoxingScene.com on March 4.
BoxingScene.com: Thereís an article up on FightHype saying that a fight between you and Adrien Broner is being consider for the co-feature slot on the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view. What do you know about this?
Molina: ďI know itís the first Iíve heard it. Of course, itís a good thing to be noted. You know, me and Adrien Broner both have the same manager, which is Al Haymon. If thatís the fight they want, thatís the fight Iím willing to take. I would love to fight Adrien Broner.Ē
BoxingScene.com: But there hasnít been any discussion or conversation with you about this fight?
Molina: ďWell, itís the first Iíve heard of it. As far as today [March 4], my phoneís been blowing up, so obviously someone leaked it out. I know thereís a lot going on between Amir Khan and Adrien Broner, but I think theyíre going to have an issue with the weight. Like I said before, if Adrien Broner thinks heís taking a backward step by fighting me, or the fans think that, I say, ĎHey, if you want it, letís get it.í Ē
BoxingScene.com: Iím sorry to belabor the point here, but I want to clarify: You said that this is the first youíd heard of it today, but you also said that it was leaked out.
Molina: ďFrom my understanding, obviously someone had spoken of it. The clarification is that this is the first Iíve heard of it. There hasnít been discussion about it, although I did say in prior interviews, if Adrien Broner is the guy, then thatís the guy I want. It doesnít matter who it is at 140. I feel strong. I feel confident. I think itíd be an intriguing match-up.
ďI would be quite impressed with Team Broner if they accepted a fight with me, given his last outing against someone with a similar style to myself in [Marcos] Maidana. Again, Iím not comparing myself to Maidana. I donít want anyone to get that wrong misconception, but Iím saying styles are very similar. Heís a big puncher. Iím a big puncher. And our styles are very unorthodox, if you will.Ē
BoxingScene.com: If the fight were to take place, that would be a very big test for you to have in your move up to the junior welterweight division.
Molina: ďOh, of course. But you got to remember, I grew up in the pros. I didnít have an extensive amateur career. I grew up in the pros, and Iíve learned on the job, so to speak. Iíve had some shortcomings and Iíve had some good outcomes of fights, and I feel like now, my chronological age is nothing to speak of in a sense of my odometer. I donít have the miles on my odometer that everyone else has because I didnít have the wear-and-tear on my vehicle like everyone else has, because I didnít have an extensive amateur career.
ďOf course, I understand what it is. I would definitely go in as a heavy underdog, but Iím all for that. Someone like Adrien Broner, thatís a guy that would definitely entice me. Iím very intrigued and am very willing, ready and able to accept a fight like that.Ē
BoxingScene.com: You said that if Adrien Broner or the fans think youíre a backward step, you took exception to that. How much of that have you been hearing to the point that you took notice of it, and why do you take exception to it?
Molina: ďThe only reason why I take notice of it is because thereís so much talk about Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. Would that fight be intriguing? Of course, that would be an intriguing fight. But again, I think the issue is from my understanding, reading whatís out there, the issue is weight. Amir Khan wants to be at 147 because he wants to be in the Mayweather sweepstakes, and Adrien Broner needs to come back down to 140 because he doesnít belong at 147.
ďSo with that being said, if they think that theyíre picking on me in the sense to where they pick me as an opponent, well come May 3, if that is the date, then theyíre going to be shown otherwise. As far as saying do I take notice of it, every fighter takes notice. What people say versus what we do in the ring, youíve got to take it with a grain of salt, because what we do in the ring is not for everybody. Of course the fans have an opinion, and I respect that, but the telltale sign will be the night of the fight.
ďIíve heard it all before: Iím not the most technically sound guy, and Iíll never claim to be the most technically sound guy. My style is go in there, letís get it on and letís see what happens. Iím going for the knockout. If a fight with me and Adrien Broner were to take place, Iím going in there to knock him out. Iím not going in there to try to beat him on the points game, because we know thatís not going to happen. So Iím looking forward to seeing what comes of it.Ē
BoxingScene.com: You said youíre very intrigued, ready, willing and able. But how long would you be willing to wait for, say, an Adrien Broner fight to come to fruition rather than accept a lesser fight that you would be more certain that you would get?
Molina: ďTo me, I have a team now. Whatever my team says. Iím now managed by one of the most powerful men in boxing. My career is in my hands of the right people. Like I said, if they tell me itís X, Y and Z, then itís X, Y and Z. Itís all about getting the fight and making it happen, whether it is anybody at 140. Iíve said it before: anyone at 140, whether itís Adrien Broner, whether itís Lucas Matthysse, whether itís Danny Garcia, whether itís Mike Alvarado or those guys at 140. Whoever it is. It can be anybody. Thatís what Iím looking into. I feel like Iím now at the stage in my career where Iím ready to make that move.Ē
BoxingScene.com: Anything else that you want people to know?
Molina: ďIf thatís the fight that comes, if the Adrien Broner fight is the fight thatís made, then Iíd like the fans to know that itís going to be a very exciting fight, very, very much so as the Marcos Maidana fight. Styles are very similar, and Iím coming there to win the fight.Ē
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