DeMarco vs. Broner: The Problem Shows That Mayweather Comparisons Are Legit

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

February 25, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA;  Adrien Broner talks to the media after knocking out  Eloy Perez in the fourth round of the Arch Enemies at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Adrien Broner has everything you'd expect from a boxing superstar. Swagger, speed, excellent defense, an undefeated record and the ability to cut a pretty mean promo, Broner has it all.

Sound like anyone else boxing fans know?

Yes, Broner certainly seems to be a future star cut directly from the mold of Floyd "Money" Mayweather.

Comparison's for the young brash champion to the current pound-for-pound aren't anything new. Boxing forum's across the Internet have called him "Baby Floyd" for quite some time. However, after disposing of Antonio DeMarco in the eighth round, those comparisons are more legitimate than ever.

Much like Mayweather, Broner is the type of fighter that fans either love or hate. He's not afraid to refer to himself in the third person. He oozes confidence in his interviews and rubs more than a few fans the wrong way.

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to acknowledge he has the skills to back up his confidence.

Broner's detractors have said that he held a distinct size advantage during his time in the super featherweight division. After all, he was stripped of his title because he failed to make weight in a title defense against Vicente Escobedo.

However, with his most recent win against DeMarco, that's a case that can't be argued any more.

DeMarco is a legitimate lightweight. While he has spent time in his career fighting in lower weight classes, he has been a lightweight for over three years and has been a tough champion in the division.

Broner's consistent speed and defense made DeMarco look defenseless. This wasn't just a win for Broner, it was an emphatic statement that he's as good as advertised. The rest of the boxing world has been put on notice.

We could have another Mayweather on our hands.