Broner: Won’t ever fight Mayweather Jr; he’s #1 while he’s around
(Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten WBC lightweight champ Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) says he won’t ever look to fight his hero Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he’s like family to him. Broner looks up to Mayweather in a big way, and he would never seek out a fight with him even though it would create huge, huge money. It might soon even eclipse the money that Mayweather Jr. could get against Manny Pacquiao if Pacquiao keeps losing.
Broner said to espn.go.com “We won’t ever fight, that’s a big brother, that’s my big brother. I don’t fight family. I wouldn’t fight family, no. I pay homage, Floyd is still in the game but after Floyd, it’s Adrien Broner. In this era, I’m number one. As long as Floyd Mayweather is still in the game, it’s only right, he’s number one.”
I totally agree with Mr. Broner. He’s definitely #1 in this era. Mayweather is from the last era, and he’s the king of that aging era, but Broner is soon going to be the #1 fighter in all of boxing. I think there are some other talents like Andre Ward, but the overall #1 fighter will be Broner. He’s going to be the guy that carries boxing on his shoulders for the next 10-16 years, and keeping the sport thriving once Mayweather and Pacquiao call it a day and retire from boxing.
Broner needs some good opposition right now so that he can take over for Mayweather just as he retires. The lightweight division obviously isn’t the place for Broner to find anyone good, so he needs to smash Gavin Rees on Saturday night, and cut his ties to the 135 lb. division and move up to 140.
Broner should spend six to eight months at 140 before moving up to his final resting place at 147. There’s no point in moving up from 147 because the 154 lb. division is weak, and if someone Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants to fight Broner, then he needs to come down to welterweight to make the fight happen.