Broner wants Pacquiao and Maidana in 2015
By Allan Fox: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) says he plans on fighting three to four times in 2015 depending on whether he suffers bruising from his fights.
Broner, 25, says two of the names he wants to fight next year are Manny Pacquiao and Marcos Maidana. Broner says that light welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse isn’t interested in facing him. In fact, Broner believes a lot of the top fighters don’t want to face him.
Whether that’s true or not is unclear, because it’s hard to imagine that a lot of the top fighters are afraid to fight Broner due to the upside being so high if they were to defeat him.
When asked by esnewsporting.com who he wants to face next, Broner said “Pacquiao. I’ll kick his [expletive]. I’ll make it look easy. I’m 172. I want Chino, I want Maidana and I want Marcos.”
The odds of Broner getting a fight against Pacquiao are virtually nonexistent right now. Besides the fact that Broner hasn’t beaten a solid fighter since his loss to Maidana, he’s also managed by Al Haymon and he likely wouldn’t match Broner up against one of Bob Arum’s Top Rank fighters like Pacquiao or anyone else in his stable.
Broner seems to be still bothered by his 12 round decision loss that he suffered at the hands of Maidana last year in December. Broner was knocked down twice in that fight, and he seems to be still upset about losing that fight. Broner’s boxing stock really took a major hit with that loss, as he lost a lot of fans after that fight.
It wasn’t just how Broner performed in that fight, it was also his behavior afterwards in which he dashed out of the ring rather than sticking around to get interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray. Broner showed poor sportsmanship by choosing to run out of the ring as if he’d been wronged by the judges. He couldn’t have possibly thought he won the fight considering that Maidana knocked him down twice.
Since his defeat by Maidana, Broner has won his last two fights against light welterweight Carlos Molina and Emmanuel Taylor. Broner didn’t look improved in either of those fights. Indeed, Taylor had Broner trapped against the ropes for much of their fight just as Maidana had Broner trapped. The only difference is that Taylor didn’t have the power to punish Broner as badly as Maidana did.
It’s interesting that Broner is saying that Matthysse isn’t interested in fighting him, because that’s a fight that Matthysse would likely take in a second if it were offered to him.