MANILA, Philippines – World lightweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner, who has made no secret of his admiration for Floyd Mayweather Jr., plans to follow the unbeaten fighter’s footsteps.
The 23-year-old Broner has compiled a record of 25 wins without a loss, with 21 wins coming by knockout. He has already won titles in two different weight divisions.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Broner expressed his confidence that he can achieve as much as Mayweather has.
“Floyd Mayweather is the best of all time in his era,” Broner said. “I bow down to him. He is an elite fighter, a special guy.”
“He has a couple of more fights in him, and after he’s done, I’ll take over boxing. It’s the start of a new era,” he stressed.
Broner, who currently holds the World Boxing Council lightweight belt, has already set a deadline for himself.
“I look at my career and I understand boxing and where I am in the game,” he said. “Half of my career is over. I don’t have time to mess around.”
“I see myself fighting for another seven years, then I’m out of the game,” Broner said.
Broner said he has no plans of ruining his own legacy by staying in boxing too long.
“I’m not going to hurt myself. I hope I get out of the game at the right time, and then go into entertainment,” he said.
Broner will defend his WBC title against British fighter Gavin Rees on February 16 in Atlantic City.