LAS VEGAS — The first time Marcos Maidana met Adrien “The Problem” Broner was last February in St. Louis, Mo., when Maidana lost his welterweight debut by unanimous decision to current IBF beltholder Devon Alexander, and Broner knocked out Eloy Perez in the fourth round at the Scottrade Center.
“We met Broner before when I fought Devon Alexander in St. Louis. We said hello that time and that’s it,” said Maidana, a winner of three straight, all by knockout, since falling to Alexander.
“At that time, in February of last year, when Broner was fighting Eloy Perez, he was so, so disrespectful to Eloy and to Eloy’s family. I said ‘What kind of guy would do such a thing to disrespect somebody’s family?'”
On Thursday night, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Maidana ran into Broner again. This time, Broner was seated ringside next to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer for Shawn Porter’s unanimous decision over Julio Diaz.
Maidana said that their reunion was far from cordial.
“I wasn’t planning to approach him to be violent or anything. I wanted to approach Richard Schaefer to say hello,” said Maidana. “And then Broner said something. He disrespected me, so we started pushing each other. That’s all. I don’t want to make a big deal or a scandal out of it.”
Maidana (33-3, 30 knockouts) and Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) could meet in the ring on Dec. 14, likely on Showtime Pay Per View, if their sides come to an agreement. The two fighters, who are advised by Al Haymon, are in town for Saturday’s Showtime Pay Per View clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez at the MGM.
“Between today and tomorrow, I will be meeting with Haymon,” said Maidana’s manager, Sebastian Contursi, who translated for Maidana. “We’ll start formal negotiations, throwing some numbers on the table.”
Outside of his experience with Broner, Maidana said he was taken aback by the reception he received from fans.
“I’m really happy with all of the support that I’ve been getting from the fans. I’m really surprised. I want to thank all of my fans for all of the great support that they gave me last night,” said Maidana.
“I’m preparing myself very well for Dec. 14. I think that it will be a great fight. I don’t care about the pay per view, I only care about the fight. Now that we are fighting, all I can say is f__k Broner.”
“We’ve been working on my defense and my composure in the ring and my mentality, and it’s paying off. But Robert is not going to change my style. He’s just working on it. It’s just his personality. Nobody really likes that kind of thing that he does or he says. That’s up to him. I can’t respect his personality, and I won’t respect him in the ring. I never trash talk or anything like that,” said Maidana of trainer Robert Garcia.
“But this time, I really feel disrespected. So when I get disrespected, I won’t respect him in the ring. I never faced an opponent like Broner. All of my previous opponents, they never talked like that and they never disrespected me like that. But I don’t really care about mental games or anything like that. I think that my power punch really gives me the edge in this one. Sooner or later, I will catch him, and at the time I catch him with the right punch, he won’t know what to do.”
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