ESPN's Dan Rafael said Saturday night, "Richard Schaefer said after the fight (Broner vs Malignaggi) that the fight he'd like to make is Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana.""They're going to have a meeting on Monday to talk about the fight. Adrien Broner also said he could drop down to 140."
Broner vs Maidana would make sense given the latter is the WBA's No. 2 welterweight contender.
Moreover, since Golden Boy Promotions also promotes both fighters, such a bout could (or at least should) be somewhat seemless to make.
Maidana is excited and confident about his chances should he face the 23 year old rising star.
The Argentinian told ESPN Deportes:
“Everyone knows that I don’t talk much. I am the opposite of Broner. But in the ring you can see which of us speaks better….it would be a very tough fight, but I also know I can knock him out.”
Boasting a record of 34-3 with 31 knockouts, Marcos Maidana sports a sensational 84% knockouts-to-fights ratio and is fresh off an exciting stoppage win earlier this month over Josesito Lopez.
Styles Make Fights
Marcos Maidana is powerful fighter who can give and take a tremendous amount of punishment - However, given his propensity to get hit, he's probably a better style match-up (for Broner) than Paulie Malignaggi.
Maidana was outboxed by the slick Devon Alexander and got dinged a bit against Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz and, more recently, Josesito Lopez.
What made Malignaggi very competitive (or successful depending on who you ask) against Broner was his elusivness and ability parry shots. He didn't take a lot of hard, "flush" punches because he was often 'on his bicycle' and used good feints and head movement to roll with the incoming shots.
Maidana, unlike Malignaggi, is there to be hit because he doesn't have the raw skill, speed or craftiness of Paulie. And granted, Paulie can't unleash bombs like Marcos but will the latter's powershots even find Broner should that bout come to fruition?
Welterweight and jr welterweight are two of the hottest divisions in boxing so look for Golden Boy to keep Broner fighting in one or both of those divisions as there's not a lot of play at lightweight. Sure, there's Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ricky Burns but neither guy has really excelled on the big stage like Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Zab Judah, Brandon Rios, Mike Alvarado, Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson, Victor Ortiz, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather.
Whew! There's a lot of star power and revenue potential at welterweight and jr welterweight so its no surprise Broner's days as a lightweight are probably over.
If it happens, Broner vs Maidana would be a solid match-up and very fan-friendly. But don't surprised if Maidana doesn't fair as well as Paulie.
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WBA Welterweight Rankings as of May 2013
(Top 8 Contenders)
1. DIEGO CHAVES (INT. CHAMP) ARG
2. MARCOS MAIDANA (WBA CON) ARG
3. ED PAREDES USA
4. KEITH THURMAN USA
5. SHANE MOSLEY USA
6. JESSIE VARGAS USA
7. KEVIN BIZIER (NABA) CAN
8. LUIS CARLOS ABREGU ARG