MANILA, Philippines – Former champion Adrien Broner, who has drawn comparisons to unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr., was defiant after losing for the first time in his professional career last weekend.
Broner had no answer for Argentinian fighter Marcos Maidana, going down twice before losing via unanimous decision.
Speaking to RingTV after the fight, the brash American said he is not letting the loss get him down, even if accepts that Maidana was the better man that night.
“I’m still a champion in three different weight classes,” he said. “Tonight, Maidana was just the better man. But we fought a helluva fight, and I hope the fans got what they deserved.”
Broner said he will continue to live as if he won the fight against Maidana.
“We’re not going to sit in sorrow,” he said. “We’re going to live tomorrow like we won the fight. I can still go on and say that I was a three-time world champion.”
“All I can do is go back to the drawing board, and do what I do best, and that’s to come back and train my a** off,” he added. “I want to thank everybody who watched the fight or came to the fight, and I will be back.”
He also stressed that he is willing to fight Maidana again.
“We can rematch any time. I will fight him in my next fight. I don’t need a warm-up fight. I will fight him in my next fight,” said Broner.
Although Broner’s confidence remains intact, a RingTV analyst pointed out that the loss to Maidana showed that the American “got his a** kicked by a tough, hard-punching opponent with so-so boxing ability.”
“Was Broner overestimated all along?” asked RingTV analyst Michael Rosenthal. “Probably. He has speed an skills. And he demonstrated on Saturday that he has some heart, as well. He has work to do, though.”
Rosenthal noted that Broner was unable to adjust to Maidana’s style, and didn’t throw enough punches to make up for the holes in his defensive game plan.
“All that said, Broner is far from finished,” Rosenthal wrote. “The talent is there. And now he’ll be hungrier than he was, maybe even a tad humble. He’ll most likely learn from this disappointment and become a better fighter.”