In the aftermath of Adrien Broner’s destruction of tough Mexican Antonio DeMarco last Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, “The Problem’s” promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, claimed the WBC lightweight titlist is a mixture of himself, Floyd Mayweather and Bernard Hopkins.
Broner (25-0, 21 KOs), often compared to Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) due to dominating roughly 300 amateur pugilists, is a cocky and flamboyant youngster who has been featured as a top ten prizefighter in multiple divisions by Ring Magazine.
“For me, personally, Broner, to me, is Floyd Mayweather, Hopkins, myself, you can name them all, all wrapped into one. That’s who Broner is. You know, he can box, he can stay in front of you. He likes to fight. Hopkins is a master at what ever he wants to do. He beats you up. Mayweather will make you miss and pot-shot you. I will come at you, figure you out and do whatever–left hook straight jab,” said De La Hoya, 39, the president of Golden Boy Promotions who defeated 17 world champions and captured 10 crowns in six different weight classes.
De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs), who hung-up his gloves after being battered by Manny Pacquiao in an eight round TKO loss in December 2008, continued gushing over the 23-year-old native of Cincinnati.
“Broner is a special fighter, and he showed it tonight. He fought a guy in DeMarco who had no quit in his game, and I think that DeMarco was the best 135-pounder in the division,” said De La Hoya, named The Ring magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1995. “So what does he do now? Does he stay at 135? Does he go up to 140? He can go probably up to 154 if he wanted to. That’s how special he is. The great thing about Broner is that he’ll fight anybody. It’s going to be a lot of fun to work with Broner for many years to come.”
Despite being insufferably arrogant and oftentimes difficult to support, Broner, who is presently ranked as the number one lightweight in the world by BoxRec, is a legitimate force in the squared circle.
Nevertheless, at this point, to compare Broner, and his nondescript resume, to a trio of boxing greats is irresponsible and flatly ludicrous.
The 35-year-old Mayweather, who earned The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, is an enormous talent who has captured nine world titles in five different weight classes.
Similarly, Hopkins (52-6-2-2, 32 KOs), who safeguarded his middleweight belt a record 20 consecutive times from 1995 through 2005, outclassed Jean Pascal in May 2011 to procure a unanimous decision victory and become, at 46, the oldest man to win a major title.
Therefore, “for me, personally,” Adrien Broner is a comparably unaccomplished boxer who shouldn’t have his name mentioned alongside legends like Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya.by