by David P. Greisman
Adrien Broner likes to say that he’s the reason for his losses — defeats against Marcos Maidana in 2013 and Shawn Porter in 2015. But he also takes some pride in the way he went down in defeat his decision loss to Maidana.
“I showed more in that fight than in any of my fights that I ever won,” Broner told syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club on Wednesday morning.
"I’m fighting a former Olympian [Maidana was never in the Olympics], a world champion. I’m jumping up two weight classes from 135 to 147 pounds [Broner had stepped up from lightweight six months beforehand to face Paulie Malignaggi. I won a world title, and I fight one of the toughest (expletive) in the weight class."
“And then it’s not like I ran. I walked toward him the whole 12 rounds. I got caught with some good shots. I fought him with my heart instead of my brain,” he said. “But guess what, though: Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] fought him, too. And after that fight, they said, ‘Now you fought both of them, would you fight Broner again?’ He said no. He don’t want to fight me again. Point blank, period.”
Maidana hasn’t fought since his rematch loss to Mayweather in 2014 and has gained a significant amount of weight. He hasn’t spoken of any urgent desire to return to boxing in general.
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