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Adrien Broner: Like Hector Camacho, has way too much juice to retire

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Two weeks ago, boxing star Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO) announced his retirement - again - from the sport.


Of course, he subsequently issued challenges to Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Vasyl Lomachenko.

The 30 year old Broner shouldn't be seriously thinking about retirement; at least not yet.

Who cares that he's 0-2-1 in his last three fights? AB is still relatively young and has a lot of juice.

Adrien Broner will always be relevant as long as:

a) he doesn't embarrass himself in the ring and
b) fans and media continue to keep him on a stage.

Like him or despise him, he generates widespread interest and we, the public, eat it up.

And while he may never get the mega purses of Floyd Mayweather and Anthony Joshua, he's a commodity of sorts and can make a great living as an attraction.

And he doesn't have to win all the time; But Broner, who has never been stopped inside the distance, must be competitive.

Let's cycle back to the 1990s.

The Macho Man
Enter Hector 'Macho' Camacho (79-6-3, 38 KO). Another controversial, charismatic, extraordinarily gifted star whose full potential was never realized due to the partying, boos, women and an overall lack of discipline outside the ring.

Known for his quickness, hand/foot coordination and technical brilliance inside the ring and his colorful antics outside it, the flamboyant Camacho never lacked style. Arrogant but supremely-skilled, his showboat, party-animal image made him one of the most controversial athletes in sports as he was often either adored or vilified by many in the boxing community.

And yes, the late Camacho was more accomplished and likable than AB is today After all, Hector, when still young, boasted wins over the likes of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Greg Haugen, Vinny Pazienza, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, 'Bazooka' Limon, Jose Luis Ramirez and Reyes Cruz. But - that doesn't mean Broner can't follow the Camacho playbook.

Many thought Camacho's glorious run had come to an end when he lost a brutal, one-sided decision to Julio Cesar Chavez in 1994.

But there was again, on boxing's biggest stage less than two years later, dropping another one-sided verdict to fellow countryman Felix Trinidad.

Camacho was certainly done, now. Or so it seemed.

Hector would go 15-0-1 in his next 16 fights against limited opponents before facing then 45-year-old legend Roberto Duran in one of the great bouts of 1996. Camacho would earned roughly $700,000 for that bout and defeat Duran in the process.

The Duran win was enough to lure an ancient 41-year-old Sugar Ray Leonard out of retirement to meet Hector in a PPV showdown of legends that garnered the Macho Man a $2 Million purse. Hector, of course, would easily defeat an outdated Leonard to set up one last superfight - a 12 round beat-down at the hands of Oscar De La Hoya in 1997.

And even four years later, a 40 year old Camacho would rematch Duran, then 50, in a quasi high-profile bout. And Camacho would, again, win.

Like the post 30 year old version of Camacho who never embarrassed himself in the ring, Adrien Broner can make good money for a long time if he does the same. History certainly suggests AB can do very well for himself without having to beat the best; Especially if he stays busy and humbles himself with tune-ups between big fights.

Adored and vilified, controversial bad boys tend to draw.

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