Mayweather Sr: I can teach Broner to fight like Floyd Jr.
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Sr. was thoroughly disgusted with what he saw of Adrien Broner last Saturday night in his loss to Marcos Maidana. While Floyd Sr. could see where Broner was attempting to copy his son Floyd Jr’s fighting style, he thought he was doing it all wrong and making a complete mess of it.
Floyd Sr. says that he can teach Broner how to fight like Floyd Jr. if that’s how he wants to fight, but he thinks he won’t be able to do it without his help.
Floyd Sr. thinks Broner is going in the wrong direction with how he fights right now with the way he gets hit so much, doesn’t use his legs, jabs or foot movement. He seems Broner as a very, very poor copy of Floyd Jr.
“I’d like to take Broner; if he wants to fight like Floyd, I can teach him to fight in that style and protect himself at the same time, which right now he’s not doing,” Floyd Sr. told On the Ropes Boxing Radio. “I want to train Broner and bring him back to his status. The guy was getting hit with right hands and hooks. I can teach him to stop all that in the same way I taught my son. I think he’s [Broner] doing more talking than training. I know I can make a big change in that. I don’t think he should fight Maidana right now again. Go down to 140 and fight there.”
Mayweather Sr. thinks it would be a really bad idea for Broner to fight Maidana again. He believes Broner doesn’t have the size to be fighting Maidana right now, and until he learns how to fight properly, he thinks Broner should be fighting at 140. Floyd Sr. thinks Broner made a mistake in skipping the 140 lb. division when he moved up from 135 to 147. That was a mistake on Broner’s part, Floyd Sr. said, because he doesn’t have the size to be fighting at 147 right now.
Broner seems to be pretty loyal to his long-term trainer Mike Stafford, so it’s possible that he’ll stick it out with him rather than leave him to start training with Floyd Sr. I don’t expect Stafford to be able to correct the flaws in Broner’s fighting style to make him more like Floyd Jr. If Stafford couldn’t make the needed changes in the past then it’s probably unlikely that he’ll be able to correct his flaws now.