Maidana Fight Casts Shadow Over Broner’s Promotion Of PBC Fight


Marcos Maidana vs Adrien BronerThaBoxingVoice caught up with Adrien Broner (29-1 22 KO’s) in Las Vegas during a press event promoting his Saturday fight with John Molina Jr 27-5 22 KO’s) on Al Haymon’s debut of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.

Appearing on the debut of “PBC on NBC” will be the largest event that Broner has been attached to since his 2013 defeat at the heavy hands of Marcos Maidana. Although Broner had since bounced back with two wins, the public’s focus seems to remain on that setback to Maidana.

Broner may have been there to promote his fight with John Molina Jr. but the press is still asking about a Maidana rematch.

“I gave him the hardest fight of his life on my worst night… right now that’s not my main obstacle; right now, my main obstacle is John Molina, and we gonna go to the drawing board after that.”

Broner is certainly half right. I’m not sure whether he was at his worst that night against Maidana, but he is being smart in focusing on John Molina Jr. over a rematch with Maidana at the moment. For a guy that has a reputation for distractions and letting himself get out of shape between fights, he seems to have his head in the right place for this fight.

Broner’s distractions were brought back to the fore when he was asked about his past distractions in relation to his new seemingly more focused approach. Adrien Broner wasn’t having any of it. He insists that he has always come in shape and used the Maidana fight as his evidence.

“If I didn’t train hard, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the Maidana fight like I did… as strong as I did and if he didn’t catch me in the late rounds, he wouldn’t of won that fight but at the end of the day, we’re here to talk about John Molina and Adrien Broner and how how good Adrien Broner gonna look.”

Adrien Broner is right. The focus should be on his fight with John Molina Jr. The problem that “The Problem” has is that since that fight with Maidana, he has not been in the ring with anyone that would force us move on from what we witnessed in 2013. If the inconsistent John Molina Jr. comes in and looks underwhelming against Broner, these same questions will remain and they will continue to do so until he overcomes an obstacle that equals what he faced in Marcos Maidana 15 months ago.

You can see Adrien Broner fight John Molina Jr. on March 7th on primetime network television during the debut broadcast of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.