MANILA – Unbeaten boxer Adrien Broner, who has often called American sensation Floyd Mayweather Jr. his “older brother,” hopes to emulate Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao when he moves up in weight for his next fight.
Broner has made no secret his admiration for the undefeated Mayweather, but just this once, he is comparing himself to the “Pacman,” who is one of Mayweather’s rivals outside the ring.
“What a lot of people don’t understand is, you can’t really do nothing for power,” Broner said in an interview with Fight Hype. “You’re either born with it, or you ain’t.”
“It’s like Pacquiao, when he was in the smaller weights, he was knocking guys out. When he went up to the bigger weights, he was still knocking guys out,” he added.
Pacquiao is the first eight-division world champion in the history of boxing, and rose to prominence because of his stunning stoppage of the much bigger Oscar De La Hoya in 2008.
Broner, a champion at super featherweight and lightweight, believes he can do the same when he fights at welterweight for the first time on June 22 against Paulie Malignaggi.
“It’s just something that God blessed me with. I got power, so it really doesn’t matter what weight class I’m in,” Broner said. “I’m still going to have the same power as I had in any weight class I’m in.”
Broner has a spotless record of 26-0, with 22 wins coming by way of knockout.