Adrien Broner: Must defeat Pacquiao, Garcia or Crawford to remain relevantWritten by Joseph Herron
Throughout the past several weeks, the boxing community has been buzzing about a suggested match-up between current WBC Lightweight title holder Mikey Garcia and universally recognized "loud mouth" champ Adrien "The Problem" Broner to potentially take place sometime this summer at a proposed catch-weight of 140 pounds.
Despite not being able to successfully make the Super Lightweight division limit since October of 2015, the 27 year old prizefighter insists he can compete as a Super Lightweight at this juncture of his career.
"Honestly, it's been really hard for me to make 140 pounds, because I would be coming from 183 or 179," admitted the former four division world titlist to FightHype.com. "Now that I'm still at 149 or 150 pounds, I can make the weight...and it's just discipline."
"It would be tough, but I feel like could still make 135 pounds right now."
But can Broner stay focused and in the gym for an extended period of time...long enough for his career to flourish at the world class level once again?
If he wants to be successful against a three division world champion like Mikey Garcia in just a few months, Adrien will have to get the most of himself throughout his camp with coach Mike Stafford...especially if he plans to eventually put together PPV events opposite Manny Pacquiao or Terence Crawford later this year or in 2018.
When presented with the prospect of taking on the undefeated 140 pound champion from Nebraska, the always candid Cincinnati native implied that an eventual meeting with T.C. was on the agenda and seemed probable.
But Adrien also suggested that a big event opposite "Bud" Crawford would take time to cultivate, and wasn't ready at this time.
"What Crawford needs to do is keep building his brand," states Adrien Broner. "He's actually a nice friend of mine...we talk all the time and text each other. We talked about this before...he needs to keep building his brand, and I have to keep doing what I have to do, and we'll eventually have a mega fight."
Regardless of whomever Team Broner eventually deems to be a "marquee worthy" opponent, the mouth of the mid-west absolutely has to stay in the gym and out of trouble. Adrien insists that he is indeed putting time in the gym and is in great shape. Despite having to recently serve a short, 3-day jail term for being in contempt of court, the proud former champ claims he'll be a genuine "Problem" for some unlucky fighter this summer.
"I'm still cut up like a bag of dope," Broner stated jokingly. "I threw away the washer and kept the dryer, because I wash my clothes on my stomach now."
Can the former four-division world titlist defeat any elite level fighter at 135, 140 or 147 pounds currently?
If Broner wants to be considered a major player in any division, and remain a major gate or ratings draw, he'll have to beat a respected name at 135 or 140 pounds like Mikey Garcia or Terence Crawford. When perusing through his nine year professional resume, the two most respected names on his record handed him decisive losses...Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter respectively.
Has Broner ever defeated an elite level opponent in any division throughout his professional career?
Upon further review, it would seem that Broner's two most notable victories were against Antonio DeMarco in November of 2012 to win the WBC Lightweight championship, and a controversial split decision over Paulie Malignaggi to capture the WBA Welterweight title.
Broner absolutely must fight and defeat Mikey Garcia, Manny Pacquiao, or Terence Crawford to remain relevant within the sport of boxing.