By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com recently caught with lightweight/junior welterweight contender John Molina to talk about his recent signing with powerful boxing adviser Al Haymon and to address rumors of a potential showdown against Adrien Broner on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view undercard.
According to Molina, signing with Haymon was a no-brainer. Haymon has been on a signing spree signing Molina, light heavyweight kingpin Adonis Stevenson and welterweight contender Luis Collazo in recent weeks.
"They approached me and we sat down and talked. When Al Haymon gives you a phone call you listen. He is the man in boxing and we sat down and ironed out the details and made it work," Molina explained.
The Southern California based fighter said that he is very interested in facing the former three-division champion Broner but cautioned that the fight is not a done deal by any means.
"I can say that if that is the fight they want to present that is the fight that I want to take. We will see what the powers that be say. I say let's do it," said Molina.
Broner jumped straight from the lightweight division to the welterweight division when he narrowly defeated Paulie Malignaggi by split decision to take his title. After being manhandled by Maidana, Broner likley will move down to the junior welterweight class where the Molina figh would take place if it is finalized.
Molina insists that he is not bothered by the perception that he is a smaller, less dangerous version of Maidana and said that he would be thrilled to get the opportunity to show what he can do against Broner.
"You gotta get there anyway you can," Molina stated. "If they think are getting a softer version of Maidana by fighting me then they are badly mistaken. I don't think that is what they are doing. If that is the fight they want to take then let's get it. I am not the one picking and choosing. Let's make it happen."
The 31-year-old Molina knows that he will be compared to Maidana because of the similarity of their styles. He is very confident that their styles will always give Broner problems and also mentioned Broner's victory over Daniel Ponce De Leon that some observers felt should have went the Mexican's way.
"People say that Maidana made the blueprint but I am going to go back even further in Broner's career and say that Ponce De Leon made the blueprint. If you look at Ponce De Leon, Marcos Maidana, and myself, the styles are so similar and that is the style that you know, no pun intended, has given Adrien Broner, the problem.
"You just have to draw from that. It is hard to fight an unorthodox guy like myself or Maidana or Ponce De Leon. If that is the fight they take I don't see it any differently. My punching power is real. You can ask any trainer that I have worked with or people that I have been in the ring with," Molina told BoxingScene.com.
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