In This Corner

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Should Adrian Broner Join the Mayweathers?

"I'm telling him to change his trainer." - Mayweather Sr. 

Floyd Mayweather Sr. believes he could turn Adrian Broner's career around. He says within three fights he could have Broner walking Maidana down just like Floyd Jr. did Alvarez. Floyd Jr. just did take his own father back into his camp. Allegedly the change was made because Floyd's uncle Roger Mayweather is in bad health.

I think it's good that father and son have put the past behind them. The best case scenario would be Roger and Floyd Sr in his corner. It hasn't appeared to make much difference which man works his corner, as it has been a business as usual approach and plenty of success. I do think that Floyd Sr. could help Broner find his way back on track. With that being said, I also believe that Broner's current team could get him back too. Broner was never an elite fighter, and neither his current trainer or Mayweather Sr. will change that.

I'm not so sure building a fighter from the ground up means all that much. It's my opinion that you look just as good as a trainer if you maintain a steady flow of champions. Just because someone can build a fighter from scratch doesn't mean they can get them over the championship hill. I realize that Broner had already obtained some belts, but nobody really considered him a champion. Maidana was his biggest name opponent to date. His corner never really had a plan once their fighter got in trouble, and Broner had to tell them to calm down. That's not something the fighter should have to tell his trainers. Perhaps they got him this far and that's as good as they can do.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Maidana Proves Broner is No Mayweather

He said he was the next Floyd Mayweather, but...


Marcos Maidana jumped on Broner early and often. Adrian Broner had claimed to be the next Mayweather. He'd won several fights using a Mayweather type posture, standing straight up, gloves low, and using the shoulder roll. Maidana knew what he was going to do. He knew he'd be fighting a Mayweather knockoff, and I think he knew exactly what to do. Maidana threw his punches high knowing he'd be able to land there. Broner tries to block and deflect punches while staying stationary. Maidana found him all night. By the time Broner figured out he should move his feet it was too late. He was moving his feet for survival and not as a defense.

Maidana Beat the Imitator, but Can He Beat the Real Mayweather?

Broner who fights in the same style as Mayweather, and the Problem was solved. It's not that simple with Floyd. He does things that Broner could never do. Mayweather is faster, his moves are sharper, and most importantly he's more experienced. There were counter opportunities for Broner, but most of the shots were landing. Mayweather wouldn't have been hit by half of those punches. Adrian Broner looked similar to Mayweather, but the skill and ability are miles apart.

I do think that Maidana deserves a shot at Mayweather, and I give him a little more than a punchers chance at beating him. If he could jump on him early and land on him like he did Broner then anything could be possible. If Mayweather isn't going to fight Pacquiao, then I think he should fight Maidana.