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Broner: I'm the next Floyd Mayweather

Adrien Broner poses during press conference for Marcos

Adrien Broner poses during press conference for Marcos Maidana fight. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. San Antonio. Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Adrien Broner promised that Marcos Maidana will “bring something else” out of him.

Broner (27-0) a rising star, will be making second appearance in the ring as a welterweight when he takes on Maidana at the Alamodome on Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

The 24-year-old, in his most recent fight at Barclays Center last June, scored a split-decision win over Paulie Malignaggi.

It was his first fight as a welterweight. But Malignaggi, not known as a power puncher, couldn’t hurt Broner. Maidana (34-3), who has 31 knockouts, has the power to do so.

"Who doesn’t want to see a young star on the rise like Adrien Broner fight a guy like Marcos Maidana, a hard puncher, a knockout artist with 31 knockouts?” Broner asked. “Who doesn’t want to see that? There’s always that what if?”

There is a lot at stake for Broner. A loss wouldn’t devastate his career, but Broner would like to stay unblemished. Possible bouts with Timothy Bradley (his contract with Top Rank notwithstanding), Juan Manuel Marquez and a rematch with Malignaggi could be in the cards.

All of those bouts represent a chance at a big payday for Broner.

“Maidana is a good fighter, a hell of a fighter, but he’s not on my level,” said Broner. “My career is going to the rooftop. It’s going to skyrocket. But this is just the beginning. It starts here.”

Every boxer wants to be where I am right now. I am the person who is going to take over boxing after Floyd Mayweather.” Broner said. “Everybody wants this position. So I don’t get mad when I hear that Keith Thurman wants to fight me – he’s supposed to. Who doesn’t want to be where I am.”

As for Maidana, he’s been perfect since a unanimous-decision setback at the hands of Devon Alexander on Feb. 25, 2012. He’s defeated Jesus Soto Karass, Angel Martinez and Josesito Lopez in succession, all by TKO or knockout.

“They might say Broner is one of the best, but I don’ think he is,” Maidana said. “He’s definitely different to any other opponents I’ve fought, but I’m prepared. I’m ready for him.”

Maidana expects to batter Broner and said: “I’m going to hit him hard, very hard, with all I have and I’ll get busy with him. I hope he’s ready, because I am.”

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