Floyd Mayweather Jr No. 2? | Dissecting Adrien BronerWritten by Frank Zhong
One look at Adrien Broner and it is very clear who his main boxing influence is - Floyd Mayweather.
From the brashness, to the flamboyant ring entrances, to the promises of greatness, Adrien Broner is creating his own brand of Floyd Mayweather Jr., 21st century style.
And if asked, he would openly admit Mayweather's influence, calling him "my big brother." While it is easy to draw that comparison, especially since Broner wants us to, there are a few ways that he is very different from Mayweather.
The most obvious difference is the accomplishments of each man up until this point in their careers. Mayweather had a much more publicized amateur career. Although Broner's career with the headgear was also extensive, he did not go to the Olympics and bring back a medal.
By the time he was close to 23, Floyd Mayweather had already destroyed three top notch fighters in his weight class - the late great Genaro Hernandez, Angel Manfredy, and the late Diego Corrales.
Pictured: Floyd Mayweather vs Genaro Hernandez Fight Poster
The last bout against Corrales is considered by many to be the strongest performance of Mayweather's career, where he looked untouchable and stung Corrales at will with blistering combinations.
Adrien Broner's most difficult fight so far was against the smaller, awkward Daniel Ponce de Leon. While this was a difficult stylistic matchup for Broner, he has yet to show the ability to rise to the occasion and employ a disciplined, aggressive strategy that utilizes his superior talents.
While he has been stopping his opponents in impressive fashion since he earned a questionable decision over Ponce de Leon, he has not been able to prove his mettle against a high level opponent who combines raw athletic ability and polished boxingskills as none of Broner's stoppages were against high level boxers.
While Adrien Broner emulates Floyd Mayweather's movement inside the ring and presents the same defensive stance, he does not utilize his feet and upperbody nearly as cleanly or effectively as Mayweather. Also, his bouts have shown that he is much easier to hit if the opponent puts their combinations together against him.
He does not utilize the jab to the body, nor does Broneremploy the pull counter that Mayweather boasts about.
Overall, Broner shows a brawler's mentality, walking his opponents down when he believes they cannot hurt him and absorbing their blows against a high guard while waiting to counter. While Floyd Mayweather's style was developed for practicality and efficiency, Broner's imitation of him seems to be much more driven by the desire to associate himself with Mayweather's fame and achievements.
Pictured: Adrien Broner talks to the press
Adrien Broner is clearly using his own model of the Mayweather fame generating strategy: anger the establishment and tap a fanbase that enjoys his antics.
From his flashy, rap themed entrances, to his in-ring showboating, to his hair brushing after his fights, and to his twitter images of junk food, Broner clearly intends to fly in the face of those who prefer athletes to display humility and deference.
As long as he continues to win, this branding of his image will be enough to make him a strong name in boxing regardless of just how good he really is.
Pictured: Broner vs DeMarco Fight Poster
Against Antonio DeMarco tonight, Adrien Broner faces a challenge that, looking at their styles and ability, should be no problem (pun not intended). DeMarco does not attack behind a jab, is slower and leaves himself open to counters.
Broner vs DeMarco Prediction: Broner has shown speed and power in his ability to punch second and should stop DeMarco by the 10th round.
From there we will see how far Adrien "The Problem" Broner can carry his brand and how much he can back up his style with substance in the ring against all comers.
Frank Zhong has two years of collegiate boxing experience from UNC Chapel Hill, where he co-founded the National Collegiate Boxing Associatoin (NCBA) competing team for the Tar Heels. Ever since leaving official competition, he has continued to study and train in the sport. He enjoys reading biographies and history texts on boxing and breaking down techniques in film.
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