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Mayweather: Broner Should Have Knocked Malignaggi Out

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Floyd Mayweather Jr. liked most of what he saw from Adrien Broner on Saturday night.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound king was a little surprised, however, that Broner didn’t stop Paulie Malignaggi in their 12-round fight for Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight title. Mayweather, who watched the fight from a ringside seat, also thinks Broner was too “flat-footed” on his way to a split-decision victory at Barclays Center that made the brash, unbeaten Broner a three-division world champion.

“I’m proud of Adrien Broner’s victory,” Mayweather said Monday before a news conference in Times Square kicked off an 11-city, nine-day tour to promote his Sept. 14 pay-per-view fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “There’s a lot of things he still has to learn. Me personally, I feel that he should’ve got the knockout.”

His minor criticism aside, Mayweather emphasized that he’ll “continue to support” Broner.

The 23-year-old Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) considers Mayweather, 36, a mentor and both boxers have repeatedly stated that a bout between them won’t happen because they’re close friends. Mayweather made a reference Monday to “The Karate Kid” to explain why they won’t fight, despite that he and Cincinnati’s Broner both are welterweight champions.

“I look at Adrien Broner like Daniel-san and I’m Mr. Miyagi,” Mayweather said. “We never seen Daniel-san try and go against Mr. Miyagi.”

Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) also said it isn’t fair to compare Broner’s development to the way Mayweather was pushed early in his 16-year pro career.

“I just feel like with my career, a lot of times they try to compare the two,” Mayweather said. “I love the kid, but you’ve got to realize, just look at my career. I already fought a guy that was so crafty in Genaro Hernandez at 21 years old. I feel like in the sport of boxing now, a lot of these guys are fighting guys that’s handpicked, which I understand because this is a business, also.”

Mayweather, who won the WBC super featherweight title from Hernandez less than two years into his pro career, also commended Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs).

“For a guy not to be a big puncher and to be a two-time world champion says a lot about Paulie,” Mayweather said. “I’m proud of him. And his commentating [on Showtime] is unbelievable.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by periks19 on 06-26-2013

[QUOTE=NatiKid;13506169]all he did was move up 2 weight classes fight a champion and win at age 23. impressive or not is for the birds it is what it is[/QUOTE] Broner should of been fighting at 140 a long time ago…

Comment by Weebler I on 06-26-2013

[QUOTE=NEELZ;13505148]Broner should stop idolizing and imitating Mayweather soon because Mayweather is not going to return the lovefest to him. Mayweather is very jealous of his status atop the boxing world , and he is not going to prop up Broner…

Comment by periks19 on 06-26-2013

[QUOTE=BajanXLegend;13505471]If you throw 843 punches and only land 25% it either means your opponents has superb defense or you cant hit fo' Sh1t. AND lets not forget.... majority of punches was weak Jabs the ones that you throw to keep…

Comment by Cinci Champ on 06-26-2013

[QUOTE=ukalltheway;13503323]all the shiz broner was spouting and all he did was get outworked :headbang:[/QUOTE] all he did was move up 2 weight classes fight a champion and win at age 23. impressive or not is for the birds it is…

Comment by SaldanaCC on 06-26-2013

Leave it to the best in tha sport to say that true ish!!!!!! Broner lost alot of fans not puttin naggi out or at least on the canvas but it just goes to prove he is an will never be…

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