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Adrien Broner: ‘I’m the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather’

Adrien Broner spoke to Showtime's Brian Kenny during Saturday night's telecast of Lamont Peterson's win over Dierry Jean.

Broner (27-1, 22 knockouts) talked about the circumstances of December's loss to Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) during which he was floored in the second and eighth rounds. Broner could face Maidana in a requested rematch  in an attempt to regain the WBA welterweight belt.

"I'm the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather, so since I took my loss, everybody feels like Floyd Mayweather took a loss," said a defiant Broner, in part, "because I'm the closest thing to Floyd. Still, to this day, I'm the closest thing to Floyd."

Here's what else Broner had to say:

On the loss:

"I'm fine. That's not the first time I took defeat. It might not be the last. But God's got something big in store for me. This is just a minor setback for a major comeback. I'm fine."

On the first and second rounds, being floored in the fight: 

"It's boxing. He did what he was supposed to do. This is boxing. I didn't put on the gloves to go and hug nobody and blow kisses. I like to fight, and I was in a helluva fight. … He hit me with a good shot.

"But it comes with the territory of boxing. Sometimes you're going to get hit with good shots. It's not about those shots, though. It's about how you get up and fight, like I did. To the last."

On the reaction of his corner in the fight:

"It as a first-time experience for all of us. It was our first time in that situation and we handled it good. At the end of the day, I still got the same team. We're OK. We're just waiting on a date. We're going to get back in there and hopefully be fighting Maidana."

On whether or not he has watched or reviewed the fight:

"No, no, no. We don't watch no bad nights, we move forward. We keep the past in the past and we move forward. … Listen. I know what went wrong for me. God had that plan for me. It don't matter if I had Jesus in my corner. God had that plan. We couldn't stop his plan."

On being hit so frequently:

"What I need to tell everybody that isn't inside that squared circle is sometimes you get hit with good shots, and some shots you just don't see. You're going to get hit with good shots, and at the end of the day, I'm going to be ready to go back to camp, we're ready for a rematch, if we could have fought him on Sunday, we would have fought him on Sunday. But, you know, he was the better man that night."
 
On whether or not a rematch with Maidana is best:

"Of course. I'm a fighter. If I go on, I know that I could beat anybody. If I go on, then, what will they say? Oh, at least Maidana beat him. I'm the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather, so since I took my loss, everybody feels like Floyd Mayweather took a loss, because I'm the closest thing to Floyd. Still, to this day, I'm the closest thing to Floyd. But we're gonna be okay. My next fight, I hope that I fight Maidana. But if I don't, it's OK."

On what's going to be different in the rematch:

"There are going to be a lot of things different. What I can say is that I'm sorry for my fans. I want to say sorry to my fans for walking out of the ring. I was very emotional, and like I said, it was my first time in that situation before. So I want to say sorry for walking out on my fans. But I will be back stronger."

On his ring behaviour, including "humping" Maidana:

"I like putting on a show. Losing or not, I'm still going to put on a show. That's why people want to see me. Whether you come to see me lose or you come to see me win, you're going to get a helluva show. I'm gonna give you a helluva show."

On the fan reaction:

"Like I always say, this is the best thing that has ever happened to my career. Now I see who is with me and who isn't. Sometimes, you have got friends that be around you, and they want to see you lose, too. They don't call you every day like they used to. They don't be with you every day like they used to.

"So it's made me see a lot of things. It's OK. We're fine. … No matter what, I always have family. No matter what, I will always have my family, and I will always love my family, and they will always love me.

"No matter how long I'm a boxer. If I box today or if I box tomorrow, if I was financially stable, as I am, today, or if I wasn't, my family will always love me."
 

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