SAN ANTONIO — Hard-hitting welterweight Marcos Maidana‘s determination entering tonight’s clash with WBA beltholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner at The Alamodome is best described in his own words during the second of two episodes of Showtime’s All-Access: Broner vs. Maidana, which aired on Friday.
“If he wants to win, he’ll have to kill me first. He’ll have to shoot me,” said Maidana (34-3, 31 knockouts), who will be after his fourth straight stoppage victory against Broner. “Broner is overconfident. On Dec. 14, when I get my hands on him, he won’t know what to do. He won’t know what hit him.”
Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) earned title belts over three weight classes, taking the WBO’s junior lightweight belt by third-round knockout over Vicente Martin Rodriguez in November of 2011, and the WBC’s lightweight title following an eighth-round stoppage of Antonio DeMarco in November of last year.
In his last bout in June, Broner jumped two weight divisions for his 147-pound debut with a split-decision victory that dethroned Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi for the division’s WBA’s belt.
“With Broner, he doesn’t throw many punches. He’s very accurate with his punches, but doesn’t throw many. He basically takes the first round, two rounds off just to see what his opponent’s got, and just to see what kind of game plan his opponent has,” said Maidana’s trainer, Robert Garcia.
“That’s probably going to give us an advantage over the first few rounds. If we try to do what Paulie was doing, plus with all of the heart, and the power and desire that Maidana has, then I think that we have a better chance than Paulie did, and Paulie’s fight was very close.”
But Broner said that he will be an improved fighter over his performance against Malignaggi.
“I know in that fight that I wasn’t 100 percent focused. If I would have taken that fight as seriously as I’m taking this fight, that fight wouldn’t have lasted,” said Broner.
“But we’re on to Maidana, and I’m going to show the world why I’m on top. You’re going to see a totally different Adrien Broner…I know that after this fight, I can say that I went to a place where only a few guys went, and I can almost say, only one…I’m going to stay on top. Ain’t nobody gonna beat me, and that’s how I’m living.”
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