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Mayweather: Broner jumped too early
Even Adrien Broner’s mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks the brash young fighter got a little too big for his britches.
We’re referring to Broner’s decision to stay at welterweight and fight Marcos Maidana, instead of moving back to junior welterweight or even lightweight after his fight against Paulie Malignaggi.
Broner had trouble dealing with the power of Maidana, a stronger puncher than Malignaggi, in a lopsided loss at the Alamodome in San Antonio on December 14. Broner was knocked down twice, in the second and eighth rounds.
“If I'm not mistaken, I think Adrien Broner was at lightweight,” Mayweather told Fight Hype’s Ben Thompson. “In my honest opinion, I think 135 or 140 is a good weight class for Adrien Broner.”
Prior to his fight with Malignaggi last June, Broner fought mostly at super featherweight. His first bout at lightweight was against Antonio DeMarco on Nov. 17, 2012. After that it was one more fight at lightweight and then his bout against Malignaggi last June.
Mayweather said the decision to fight Maidana was Broner’s and no one else’s.
“The Malignaggi fight was chosen by his management team. The Maidana fight was chosen by Adrien himself,” Mayweather in the interview. “He should have his management team continue to pick his fights for him; that's why he's got his management team.”
Who and at what weight Broner fights in the spring is anyone’s guess. But Mayweather is convinced Broner will “bounce back”.
As for Mayweather, who plans to fight in May and September, his next opponent is also a mystery.
In a recent interview with mmaartmartial.com’s Chris Robinson, Mayweather talked about the possibilities.
"My focus is May 3rd. I don't know who my opponent will be," Mayweather told Robinson. "If it's Pacquiao, it's Pacquiao. If it's Amir Khan, it's Amir Khan. For 17 years they've been putting guys in front of me, and I've been beating them. Come May they'll put a guy in front of me, I'll go to training camp, work hard, and the results will be the same."