Is Mayweather-Broner any different from Mayweather-Berto?
By Hector Franco
There is a feeling in the air. There is something going on with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Adrien Broner. Over the last few weeks before Adrien Broner stepped in the ring with Ashley Theophane there was a back and forth between Floyd Mayweather and the Cincinnati native. The promotion for the bout with Theophane was more about the relationship between Mayweather and Broner. After Broner stopped Theophane he went on to call out Floyd Mayweather in his post fight interview. Mayweather’s reaction was to laugh off the challenge. It was April Fool’s Day when Broner made this challenge. This could be a joke or a hoax by both fighters’s to further promote themselves. The bigger joke would be if the bout actually took place.
Adrien Broner may not be the best fighter in the world or one of boxing’s top pound for pound fighters, he is, however, a good fighter. He is far from a journeyman and so far he has only lost to two fighters, Marcos Maidana and Shawn Porter. There is no shame in losing to either of these fighters. These losses don’t make Adrien Broner a terrible fighter or even mean that he can’t win a title at welterweight. But judging from his performances the last few years, he has been consistently inconsistent. Most of the fighters ranked in the top ten at welterweight would be favored to beat Broner. Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be no different.
Even at 39 years of age with his offensive output getting lower with every fight, Floyd Mayweather would still be rated as the best fighter in the world if he came out of retirement today. There have been many comparisons made between the two fighters over the years, but the reality is there is no comparison. You could add up all four of Broner’s titles at 130, 135, 140, and 147 and it wouldn’t equal to half of what Mayweather accomplished at 130 pounds. The pedigree of opponents faced between the two fighters is night and day.
The real difference between the two men for a lack of a better term is below the waist. Mayweather is able to use his feet for his defense as well as positioning. Mayweather know’s where he is inside the ring at all times. Broner is mostly flatfooted and rarely uses his footwork to defeat his opponents. If these two were to meet in a match up this would be a big advantage for Mayweather. Broner in his prime fights more like the version of Mayweather that is past his prime with no footwork.
Make no mistake a bout between these two men would be able to sell many PPV’s. The press conferences and the all-access episodes on Showtime would likely be entertaining and filled with tons of trash talk. The truth of the matter would only be realized once they step in the ring. There are levels to all sports. Broner and Mayweather are not on the same level. A bout between the two would be a one-sided victory for Mayweather.
Fans were left disappointed with Mayweather’s bout with Andre Berto. It was an underwhelming bout to have for your finale. If Mayweather came back to fight Adrien Broner, it would be no different from the Andre Berto fight. A one-sided fight that was a waste of everyone's time.