(Marcos Maidana, post-fight; photo credit: Esther Lin, Showtime)
Adrien Broner was the future of American boxing until Saturday night on Showtime, when he ran into hard-ass Argentinian Marcos Maidana, who somehow overcame the pervasive influence of Golden Boy, adviser Al Haymon and the network that broadcast the fight to win a unanimous decision. And you know? Maybe Broner is still the future of American boxing. But it ain't at 147, at least not against ruthless South Americans who are unconvinced by showy speed and half-cocked Floyd Mayweather impersonations.
I will forever regret switching my prediction on the day of the fight from Maidana to Broner, a call to which I had held fast from the day the bout had been signed until the day of the bout. Originally, I had been unconvinced by Broner's power at welterweight as opposed to junior welterweight, the fact that feather-fisted Paulie Malignaggi outworked Broner in a clear loss, Broner's perpetual poor work habits and the fact that Broner's chin was completely untested at 147. All of those things factored into the decision loss.
That Broner appeared so physically imposing and cut up was part of what made me doubt my original prediction, because style-wise, Broner had every talent advantage over Maidana. Maidana was slow, prone to sporadic offense and infinitely capable of being outboxed by slicksters. But he came out like a demon and beat up Broner in the 1st, which Broner tried to neutralize via a pantomime butt-humping, but fake butt-humping doesn't win fights. Maidana then dropped Broner in the 2nd, and dropped him in the 8th again, although Broner took the occasion of a deliberate Maidana head butt to ape excessive injury and won a point deduction for it. That Broner fared well in the middle rounds and had some close rounds here and there as Maidana's pace slowed (excepting a revenge butt-humping in the 11th by Maidana) was enough to cause worry that he could unjustly pull it off on the scorecards with his institutional support.
Good for the judges for seeing it true: 115-110, 116-109 and 117-109 for Maidana. This was the best win of his career, and a rebuke to Broner's flash, gifts and marketability triumphing over Maidana's grit, power and devotion. Broner has all kinds of ability. But as Maidana proved, for what seems like the millionth time, it don't mean victory every night if you don't capitalize fully on what's been handed to you from birth.
im surprised they got it right in texas.
note, did ariza give chino smelling salts between rounds 11th and 12th? i
hope not cuz i dont want this ruling overturned.
Lesson of the fight: To be at floyd's level, Broner must master the art of cherry picking even more than floyd does. He's not as gifted........by the judges as floyd was against Castillo.
To me, this right here exposed the true difference between Broner and Mayweather and it mental. Although Mayweather talks like he's full of himself he doesn't fight that way. On the other hand Broner fought like he had two gallons of the AB cool - aid before the fight and allowed Maidana to build confidence early in the fight. AB needed this reality check. He's still a real talent and hopefully he can get focused and start wrecking fools like he's suppose to.
@TIMbuktuat least floyd did put up a fight against castillo. and if he cherry picked he wouldnt have rematched someone he "lost" to immediately and proceed to dummy him for the whole fight.
oh yea floyd also fought with a shoulder injury which i would assume that in a sport that requires you to use your arms and shoulder, affected how he was able to perform.
Well said. Mayweather annoys me in many ways but he's dedicated to the sport. Broner might or might not have learned his lesson. He also probably should move down in weight.
The only difference I saw there is that, Broner was not as pampered (by judges) as floyd was against Castillo.
Thanks indeed, Marcos.
@tstarks@CedricLeei actually watched it again on the broadcast and those capsule looking things are actually cotton swabs. they look different because he's holding them weird. although he looks like he put something in the napkin, there is a part where it shows him holding 3 swabs in his right hand. he then puts one in his left hand where the napkin is but then switches it back to the right hand. he didnt actually put anything in the napkin.
the youtube videos make it look suspicious because the quality is shit. but watching in hd you can see there was nothing in the napkin and even if there was, it'd be a cotton swab.
maidana's initial reaction suggests there was something in there cuz he kept pushing his hand away but i think that was just him not wanting ariza to get all up in his nose with anything.