Three-division titlewinner Adrien Broner says his May 3 fight against Carlos Molina is "huge for me." The junior welterweight contest is part of the the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s defense of his RING and WBC championships against WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Broner was last in the ring for a unanimous decision loss to Maidana, who floored him once each in the second and eighth rounds for his current belt in December.
"People want to know if the loss has humbled me and of course it has. If I would have won that Maidana fight, people would be calling me an a–hole," said Broner. "People still call me that but now I thank God that He slowed me down in my tracks even though it is still a heavy and fast train. Right now, Denzel Washington couldn't stop this train."
Broner spoke during a Thursday workout at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C., where he has worked out alongside IBF 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson.
"Everyone wants to see what Adrien Broner is going to do next after this devastating loss I took in the early part of my career. I know why everyone has their eyes glued to me. Floyd is going to do what he's always done, stay on top and get a victory. Everyone one knows what I'm going to do in my comeback fight. Being on this undercard means a lot. It means a lot. It means a lot to know I play a big part in boxing," said Broner, 24.
"It is great to be on this card. In this era, you can't talk about boxing without bringing up Adrien Broner. I've been training my ass off. You never know what you're going to come in here and do. A lot of fighters have repetitive workouts. In our camp here, you never know what you're going to do day in and day out. I come prepared and train my ass off. This is my first fight on pay-per-view and after my performance on May 3rd you will be seeing me on pay-per-view more often so get used to this."
Broner (27-1, 22 knockouts) wants to make an impression in the 140-pound division against Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs), who was last in the ring for a 10th-round stoppage loss to ex-beltholder Amir Khan in December 2012. Khan will face ex-beltholder Luis Collazo in a welterweight bout on the Mayweather-Maidana card.
"Carlos Molina is a hell of a fighter and he is going to come to fight. He's going to come to kick my ass because I'm sure as hell going to come to kick his. I'm trying to have some fun. I will be pretty, fresh, fly and still flashy," said Broner.
"People will always have their opinions on how hard you trained, especially when they only see you on fight night. Boxing is all hard work. I don't care what level you're on. You never know what to expect from an opponent until you hit that ring but I can tell you that I will be victorious and it will be in a spectacular way."
Broner still is angling for a rematch with Maidana.
"When Floyd beats Maidana, it is going to be the same as the other opponents who have lost," said Broner. "It would still be a big fight for me to fight Maidana."