All That Glitters Is Not Gold!

Los Angeles, CA– Many observers are quick to compare Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KO) to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (44-0, 26 KO).  On the surface, there are certainly similarities between the two fighters.  The hand speed, the shoulder roll defense, and the cocky attitudes both men display put them in a similar category among many boxing fans.  Unfortunately for Broner, this is where any comparisons end.

On Saturday night, Broner earned his third title in a third weight class by dispatching veteran welterweight Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  While most expected the 23-year-old Broner to dominate the 32-year-old Malignaggi, the Cincinnati native instead won a close decision and left a lot of people rightfully discussing his legitimacy as a premier boxer.

Broner did not look like one of the sport’s elite against Malignaggi.  He got hit far too much from “The Magic Man,” and was outworked in several rounds.  Watching the fight, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if Broner’s “big brother” Mayweather were in the ring in his place.
I am inclined to believe that Floyd would have easily dismantled Malignaggi, and while he likely would not have stopped him, I believe he would have emerged from the ring having lost a single round.

Trainer Naazim Richardson was asked recently about the difference between Broner and Mayweather?  He said, essentially, that Mayweather is a great defensive fighter with an exceptional offense, and Broner is an exceptional offensive fighter with a great defense.  This appeared to be true going into Saturday night, but now things are a bit more up in the air.

Broner showed flashes of the brilliance that has his name mentioned among the best, but he also showed the flaws that he displayed against Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-5, 35 KOs) and Fernando Quintero (7-1-1, 0 KOs).  While Broner was very accurate against Malignaggi, he also got hit far too often and was quite inactive in several rounds.  Fighters with a high punch output seem to give Broner some trouble.

De Leon and Malignaggi both were able to take some of the shine off of Broner’s star.  Based on what I saw on Saturday, I have to think they won’t be the last fighters to do so.  There will definitely be a lot of opponents clamoring for a crack at Adrien after his somewhat unimpressive showing against Malignaggi.

Broner says he will let the fans pick his next opponent, and if he keeps his word, he deserves some praise.  There are several names out there I would like to see him face, including Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs), Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs), Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs), 140 lb. World champ Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs), or even Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO).  If Broner truly is elite, he should be able to handle any of the names listed above.  If not, someone will turn his “0” into a “1” and solve “The Problem.”
Zak Young


  • Demarco was tailor made for AB. Would have liked to see Vasquez vs Broner, but the TR vs GB Fued wouldn’t allow it. I would have like to see the judging in that one. It’s funny to me how in one fight commentators will say “activity” wins, but the next fight will be all about “who lands the harder shots”. Paulie is right, the connected fighter does get to set that distinction.


  • I give Broner credit for his win over DeMarco. That is his biggest win to date. As far as this last fight being fixed or anything like that, I really don’t think it was, and Paulie whining at the end annoyed me. He clearly lost in my eyes, though Broner should have beaten him much worse than he did. I do think a lot of guys at 140 and 147 would give him problems. Broner had a great year in 2012 but 2013 has been really lackluster so far. First Rees now this. He needs to get it together because he seems like he’s been distracted outside of the ring.

  • Fake Zarconian Diamond !
    I like that!
    Broner is a disgrace to boxing as far as I’m concerned. EVEN if he makes it to superstardom, I’ll never PAY to see him fight. I don’t see what all the hype is about. He really hasn’t fought any real talent. His last three fights were a joke. His antics in the Ring are a joke. He clowns, he jokes, he talks, he “dirty fights”. What is up with his throwing punches over his shoulders backwards? The foot/leg to the groin was partly Paulie’s fault. He thinks he’s a “Pretty Boy Floyd” in the makings, but he’s not. AT LEAST Floyd can fight. Even if you don’t like him, you still have to give him his props. He’s still undefeated. Showtime is “Glamorizing” him as the next best thing in Boxing. I’m sure it’s a political move for Showtime to pull the HBO audience. Hopkins was a joke as a commentator. His voice was muffled. His responses were weak. No insights to an obvious predictable outcome of one fighter too stupid and ignorant to win a fight (by K.O.) that was his from the start. Question; Did both fighters sign an agreement to limit the head hunting? Paulie’s atrocious body attack with slapping punches was as if he was training for a pillow fight. What about Paulie’s comments about “Politically connected fighters” always winning? SOUNDS like crooked shi*t to me.
    What about it Zak, any comments?

  • He is overrated because people have him on the pound for pound list and some are saying he is the future of the sport when his best win is against Malignaggi.

  • Broner is not overrated because no one is saying he is an all time great at this point. He is learning still and should improve. I would like to see him against Gamboa at 140. He could fight Mike Alvarado who recently beat Rios.These two matches will prepare him for tougher competition.

  • Broner ia a certified IDIOT! He has not done a damn thing in the ring to warrant the attention he gets. He is a Floyd wanna be with a weak resume. If you are gonna talk all that trash about “easy work”, then fight somebody that is a real challenge at 147 or even 140. He picked the feather fisted Paulie to fight instead of real opponent and now wants people to believe he’s great. And how about all this throwing around money nonsense and the Showtime piece showed his mom still living in the ghetto. Hey Jackass, stop spending the little bit of money you have and get your mom out of the hood. I guarantee you, a fool and his money will soon part. And he is a fool. The only thing I can say is that he is taking the Mayweather express and ducking the top talent around him. To the casual boxing fan that only listens to what the fighter says and doesn’t understand the science of the game, they think Broner is the second coming of Mayweather; truth is he has to step up the competition level before we know what he is.

    AND PS. I just read that Canelo said Floyd made it a stipulation to fight at 152; what a stinking hypocrite. It was okay to fight Cotto at 154 (because he knew Cotto was shot 3 years ago), but Canelo must drop weight. Go figure.

  • Broner is overrated. Like I said before, his biggest flaw is his feet. he just plods around in that shell defense. At welterweight he just isn’t as sharp, and what bothered me is if Paulie who has no power was able to limit his punch output I wonder what would happen against other welters. I will give Broner a little credit. Paulie is probably faster than most welters and punches alot. There are still question marks about his chin. If he was really a beast he would have at least attempted to exchange with paulie. He never did. He would wait fro him to stop punching to unload his shots. The onlt thing that resembles Floys is the shoulder roll and his wannabe persona.

  • “if he keeps his word, he deserves some praise”, you heard it first here, he won’t.

    Skipping over a weight class sounds good until you see a) who he avoided in the skipped weight class and b) who he chose to fight at the higher weight class.

    a) Mattysse, Garcia, even Peterson, Alvarado, and Rios would have been more dangerous choices.

    b) a guy 9 years older who himself moved up to welterweight who couldn’t break an egg in the division before he moved up.

    Face it, he couldn’t make 135 any longer and the guys at 140 were too tough so he picked the most beatable guy at 147.

    With all that criticism I still think his boxing is that good and I’d favor him over most but with that main meal comes a healthy side order of risk aversion.

  • Very astute article,the network seems to be pushing him to be a star instead of just letting it happen.So many more flaws exposed by a fighter who has absolutely no power.Can you imagine if that was Mathysse hitting him?And I dont want to hear about him moving up two weight classes,he did it against the lightest puncher in the division and actually looked much more muscular than Paulie.And to top it off I find him repulsive as a human being.Absolutely no class.

  • I’ll repeat what I said in the other article comments; wasn’t impressed w/Broner at all and he was fortunate to get the decision. Imagine Broner fighting someone like Diego Corrales; he would get decapitated.

    Floyd’s Boner…Adrian Broner.

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