American boxer Adrien “The Problem” Broner is grateful that he lost to Argentina’s Marcos Maidana last December, calling it a much-needed wake-up call.
“Losing that fight was definitely the best thing that ever happened to my career,” said Broner, as quoted by RingTV.
Broner was unbeaten and being touted as the heir apparent to American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. when he fought Maidana, but was thoroughly ambushed by the Argentine brawler.
Maidana’s sustained aggression proved to be too much even for Broner’s considerable defensive skills, and the American was bleeding from the mouth after the opening round.
Maidana would go on to win a unanimous decision.
“Just think, if Adrien Broner didn’t lose that fight, if you think that I’m a jacka** now, what would I have been then?” said Broner, who has been criticized for his brashness even prior to the Maidana fight.
“Who knows what the future holds, but I want to thank the Lord for giving me that wake-up call,” he said.
Although humbled by his first loss, Broner remains confident and still considers himself the next in line to Mayweather.
He fights on Mayweather’s undercard on May 3 against Carlos Molina, and welcomes the chance to show his abilities in what should be a big crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“If I get a chance to fight on the biggest stage of boxing history in this era, why not?” Broner said. “Why not take that stage? Why not take his fans?”
“After Floyd Mayweather, somebody has to take over,” he said.