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Lesson learned for Adrien Broner?

Adrien Broner celebrates after beating Gavin Rees of

Adrien Broner celebrates after beating Gavin Rees of Britain in their WBC lightweight title match in Atlantic City, N..J. (Feb. 16, 2013) Credit: AP

Sometimes a boxer just need to be humbled. 

Broner learned the hard way during his unanimous-decision loss to Marcos Maidana (117-109, 116-109 and 115-110) at the Alamodome on Showtime on Saturday night that boxing isn't about talent. It's about being sensible. 

Up until his fight with Paulie Malignaggi last June, Broner fought as either a super featherweight or a lightweight. He jumped up two divisions -from lightweight to welterweight- to fight Malignaggi. Most boxers don't attempt something like that. Even Manny Pacquiao's rise up the weight division ladder wasn't that fast.

Broner, believing he was invincible, felt he could make the leap, keep his power and his chin. Broner was fortunate that Malignaggi isn't a power puncher. Some believed Broner, who won by split decision, may have actually lost the fight.

If Malignaggi (33-5), who has just seven knockouts, was a power puncher, the outcome would have likely been different.

In comes Maidana, who has immense power. Maidana (35-3), who had 31 knockouts entering the fight, was the first serious power puncher Broner (27-1) has faced. And that was evident early as Maidana scored a second-round knock down.

Maidana is a true welterweight, who has fought at that weight or at 140 pounds for most of his career. "The truth is, I've never fought someone like [Broner]," Maidana said through a translator. "And the truth is it was a great fight."

What does this do for Broner's future? Maidana said he would have "no problem" granting Broner a rematch. So it's possible we could see these two back in the ring soon.

For Broner, we can only hope that Saturday's fight was a lesson learned.

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