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Adrien Broner is ‘the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather’

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Speaking with Brian Kenny during Saturday’s Showtime telecast, Adrien Broner claimed he’s “set for a major comeback” and remains “the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather.”

Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) relinquished the WBA welterweight title after getting unanimously outscored by Marcos Maidana on December 14.

According to the Associated Press, Maidana officially trumped Broner by scores of 115-110, 116-109 and 117-109.

“The Problem” exercised his rematch option and will face the 30-year-old Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) in April at either the Alamodome or StubHub Center.

A powerful and beloved Argentinean, Maidana outworked Broner and floored the loudmouth in the second and eighth rounds.

Maidana, who is also a past junior welterweight champion, was far more active than Broner and landed bruising punches throughout the 36-minute slugfest.

“That’s not the first time I took defeat,” said Broner, 24.

“It might not be the last time. But God has got something in store for me. I am set for a major comeback. Maidana did what he was supposed to do. He threw big shots. I was in a hell of a fight. It comes with the territory. That’s boxing. Sometimes you don’t get hit, but sometimes you do. It’s not about that. It’s about how you get up. And I got up and fought to the last.”

Broner must use his blinding speed and vast overall skills to neutralize Maidana’s intimidating style and cement fists.

However, even if Broner creates a solid scheme, Maidana may have exposed “The Problem” as nothing more than a fragile blowhard.

Previously ranked as the world’s ninth premier pound-for-pounder, Broner should have returned to the lightweight division and avoided Maidana.

“The Problem” comically disagrees with that notion and continues comparing himself to the 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs).

“I am a fighter. If I go on, I know I can beat anybody,” said Broner.

“If I go on, what will they say? ‘Oh, at least Maidana beat him.’ I’m the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather. So, since I took my loss, everyone feels like Floyd Mayweather took a loss because I’m the closest thing to him. And, still to this day, I’m the closest thing to him.”

Mayweather, who earned The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007 and sits as the reigning pound-for-pound king, is one of the preeminent boxers ever.

A defensive virtuoso ignoring Father Time with an incredible work ethic, Mayweather is determined to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and leave the sport as an unbeaten champion.

On personal and professional levels, Broner is the furthest “thing to Floyd Mayweather.”

Broner is an unaccomplished windbag and Mayweather’s an icon for the ages.

In fact, “still to this day,” even Marcos Maidana is too tough and rugged for the underwhelming Adrien Broner.

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