Broner says he could move up in weight for next fight
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) showed up at the Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto weigh-in on Friday and was asked about who he wants to fight next. Broner wouldn’t commit to any one opponent, but he did say he could possibly move up in weight up to two divisions. What was strange was that Broner didn’t even mention WBO lightweight Ricky Burns at all, making me think that he’s not going to waste a fight by facing him next.
Broner said “Who knows what Adrien Broner is going to do? Who knows if I’m going to go up in weight? Who knows if I’m going to stay at 135? Who knows if I’m going to jump two weight classes. I can do whatever. I’m very flexible – 40s, 35, 47.”
When Broner mentioned 47, he smiled and raised his eyebrows at the crowd. This obviously is the division where the big money fights are at with talents like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting at that fight. That’s the weight class where Broner needs to be in order to take over as the next pay per view star. 135, where Broner is fighting right now, is a trap, because there are zero PPV stars at this weight, and Broner won’t be able to progress to the next level as long as he stays fighting at this weight.
Broner did a great job last Saturday night by destroying WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco, who was considered the best fighter at that weight. Broner is now taken over the reigns as the best guy at lightweight and he doesn’t have anything to prove by sticking around and fighting guys like Mercito Gesta, Miguel Vazquez and Ricky Burns. There’s no point in Broner facing them because the outcome would be predictable and Broner wouldn’t get the credit that he deserves because boxing fans haven’t embraced this division for some reason.