by David P. Greisman
Former lightweight title challenger John Molina Jr. spoke with BoxingScene.com on March 4.
BoxingScene.com: There’s 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: “I know it’s the first I’ve heard it. Of course, it’s a good thing to be noted. You know, me and Adrien Broner both have the same manager, which is Al Haymon. If that’s the fight they want, that’s the fight I’m willing to take. I would love to fight Adrien Broner.”
BoxingScene.com: But there hasn’t been any discussion or conversation with you about this fight?
Molina: “Well, it’s the first I’ve heard of it. As far as today [March 4], my phone’s been blowing up, so obviously someone leaked it out. I know there’s a lot going on between Amir Khan and Adrien Broner, but I think they’re going to have an issue with the weight. Like I said before, if Adrien Broner thinks he’s taking a backward step by fighting me, or the fans think that, I say, ‘Hey, if you want it, let’s get it.’ ”
BoxingScene.com: I’m sorry to belabor the point here, but I want to clarify: You said that this is the first you’d heard of it today, but you also said that it was leaked out.
Molina: “From my understanding, obviously someone had spoken of it. The clarification is that this is the first I’ve heard of it. There hasn’t been discussion about it, although I did say in prior interviews, if Adrien Broner is the guy, then that’s the guy I want. It doesn’t matter who it is at 140. I feel strong. I feel confident. I think it’d be an intriguing match-up.
“I 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, I’m not comparing myself to Maidana. I don’t want anyone to get that wrong misconception, but I’m saying styles are very similar. He’s a big puncher. I’m a big puncher. And our styles are very unorthodox, if you will.”
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: “Oh, of course. But you got to remember, I grew up in the pros. I didn’t have an extensive amateur career. I grew up in the pros, and I’ve learned on the job, so to speak. I’ve had some shortcomings and I’ve 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 don’t have the miles on my odometer that everyone else has because I didn’t have the wear-and-tear on my vehicle like everyone else has, because I didn’t have an extensive amateur career.
“Of course, I understand what it is. I would definitely go in as a heavy underdog, but I’m all for that. Someone like Adrien Broner, that’s a guy that would definitely entice me. I’m very intrigued and am very willing, ready and able to accept a fight like that.”
BoxingScene.com: You said that if Adrien Broner or the fans think you’re 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: “The only reason why I take notice of it is because there’s 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 what’s 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 doesn’t belong at 147.
“So with that being said, if they think that they’re picking on me in the sense to where they pick me as an opponent, well come May 3, if that is the date, then they’re 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, you’ve 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.
“I’ve heard it all before: I’m not the most technically sound guy, and I’ll never claim to be the most technically sound guy. My style is go in there, let’s get it on and let’s see what happens. I’m going for the knockout. If a fight with me and Adrien Broner were to take place, I’m going in there to knock him out. I’m not going in there to try to beat him on the points game, because we know that’s not going to happen. So I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of it.”
BoxingScene.com: You said you’re 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: “To me, I have a team now. Whatever my team says. I’m 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 it’s X, Y and Z, then it’s X, Y and Z. It’s all about getting the fight and making it happen, whether it is anybody at 140. I’ve said it before: anyone at 140, whether it’s Adrien Broner, whether it’s Lucas Matthysse, whether it’s Danny Garcia, whether it’s Mike Alvarado or those guys at 140. Whoever it is. It can be anybody. That’s what I’m looking into. I feel like I’m now at the stage in my career where I’m ready to make that move.”
BoxingScene.com: Anything else that you want people to know?
Molina: “If that’s the fight that comes, if the Adrien Broner fight is the fight that’s made, then I’d like the fans to know that it’s going to be a very exciting fight, very, very much so as the Marcos Maidana fight. Styles are very similar, and I’m coming there to win the fight.”
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