Currently ranked as the seventh preeminent pound-for-pounder, Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) last vacated the squared circle in June as a split decision victor over Paulie Malignaggi.
Also a former junior lightweight and lightweight titlist, the arrogant, flamboyant and simply unlikable Broner eagerly added 12 pounds to meet Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs).
Malignaggi’s a brilliant defensive pugilist who is capable of causing any opponent to struggle.
Still, an inferior Malignaggi made “The Problem” look mediocre.
"Maidana is a hell of a fighter. He will come to fight but, at the end of the day, this is my breaking point into taking over boxing and I will not let this guy kill my vibe," Broner, 24, told ESPN.com.
"I'm not just a boxer. I'm a megastar, and now I'm about to become a pay-per-view megastar. I'm not cocky. I'm very confident in the skill I was blessed with and I want everybody to come out and support me at the MGM Grand and watch on pay-per-view on Dec. 14."
Conversely, a past junior welterweight titleholder, the 30-year-old Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) most recently exited the ring on June 8 with a sixth round TKO triumph over Josésito López.
A beloved Argentinean, Maidana is a bruiser whose punches land with thuds.
The bout will essentially pit Broner’s blinding speed and vast overall skills against Maidana’s intimidating style and power.