In June, Adrien Broner beat Paulie Malignaggi via split decision, capturing the WBA welterweight belt. It made him a three-division world champion at only 23 years of age.
So his stock should be at an all-time high. But I would argue that it's actually stalled out in its climb, at least temporarily.
I disagree with anybody who thinks Malignaggi deserved to win that fight. But Broner's performance against the light-hitting Malignaggi was hardly the sort of dominant effort that Broner had boasted about ahead of time.
This Ring, which is owned by Broner's promoter, Golden Boy, might still rate the Problem as a pound-for-pound top 10, but based on his performance against Malignaggi, not too many fans agree.
Still, according to Boxing Scene, Broner vs. Marcos Maidana is being discussed as a possibility for a November 9 pay-per-view event on Showtime.
It's a calculated gamble, in my opinion. A lot of fans will complain about a pay-per-view featuring a fighter still as untested as Broner is. At the same time, Maidana is exactly the sort of fighter who will come in looking to bust Broner's face up, and there may very well be an audience for that.