After finishing WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi on June 22, WBC lightweight champion “The Problem” Adrien Broner wants to scrap the winner of the September 14 bout between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Eagerly adding 12 pounds to make the 147 weight limit, Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) will meet the 32-year-old Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“Adrien, at this point, he’s more focused than ever,” Broner’s trainer, Mike Stafford, told RingTV.com on Wednesday.
“With him going up in weight, he’s more focused and he’s better at his conditioning and strength because he doesn’t have to worry about losing the weight now. You’ll see a better, more vicious and more determined Adrien Broner. It just so happens that it’s going to be unleashed on Paulie. He’ll be much stronger, more powerful and just that much quicker because he doesn’t have to worry about constantly going down to 130 or 135 and then holding it for two weeks. Right now, he’s right on weight, so that’s going to make the difference.”
Often compared to “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather due to dominating roughly 300 amateur pugilists, the 23-year-old Broner most recently exited the squared circle on February 16 with a fifth round TKO triumph over Welshman Gavin Rees.
Ranked as the number one lightweight in the world by BoxRec and the sixth preeminent pound-for-pounder by The Ring, “The Problem” twice floored Rees (37-2-1, 18 KOs) before trainer Gary Lockett mercifully halted the battering at 2 minutes, 59 seconds into the round.
Comparatively, Malignaggi, former IBF light welterweight royalty who has won five consecutive fistfights at 147 pounds, last vacated the ring with a split decision victory against Mexican Pablo César Cano.
Despite getting his face broken by Miguel Cotto in June 2006, Malignaggi somehow managed to go the distance against the Puerto Rican icon.
Hence, Malignaggi is undoubtedly a legitimate badass brimming with testicular fortitude.
Still, regardless of any size advantage favoring “The Magic Man,” expect Broner to knock Malignaggi onto Queer Street within eight lopsided rounds this summer in Gotham.
Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) and the 29-year-old Bradley (30-0-0-1, 12 KOs) are elite pugilists and their match will be intriguing from the outset.
“The fighters that we really want are already fighting each other,” said Stafford. “We want either Timothy Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez. Those are the two that we really, really wanted. I thought that maybe we could get Timothy, or, that there was a possibility that we could get Marquez before he retires. So those are the two what I really, really wanted, and that we envisioned. That’s who Adrien wants, too.”
Although cocky, flamboyant and simply unlikable, Broner is a physical marvel poised to become one of the sport’s legends.
Dismissing the greatness of Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, “a better, more vicious and more determined Adrien Broner” would overwhelm either standout prizefighter.