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Broner and Maidana will likely meet before the end of the year.
Love him or hate him, Adrien Broner has already accomplished a lot in the sport of boxing, and he's just 24 years old.
"The Problem" from Cincinnati is undefeated in 27 professional fights and has already captured world championships at super featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. That's a pretty impressive haul.
Now it's true that there are many knowledgable observers of the sweet science who aren't yet sold on Broner. His mouth often outpaces his actual performance in the ring, and he acts a little too much like Mayweather for a fighter who is nowhere near that level.
Broner was fortunate to earn a—harder than expected—split-decision win over Paulie Malignaggi in his last bout, and even his idol Mayweather chimed in and said he had a lot to learn after the fight.
But he's still young, and he is learning. It's unfair to expect a young fighter to immediately know how to handle all that's been thrown his way, but in fairness, he does bring a lot of it on himself.
His talent is undeniable, and he is highly marketable. Remember, marketable isn't the same thing as likable. There is room in this sport for a villain, and Broner is certainly making a play to fill that spot. He'll get a chance to prove his mettle later this year when he is expected to defend his welterweight title against the rugged Marcos Maidana.