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Adrien Broner spent much of 2013 turning off fans with his antics outside of the ring and failing to back up his tremendous arrogance once he got inside of it. In June, he escaped with a close split decision against the light-hitting Paulie Malignaggi.
I thought he deserved to win the fight, but it also proved Broner had no business appearing inside of the pound-for-pound top 10 rankings, no matter what his promoter's magazine, The Ring, was saying.
In December Broner faced rough-and-ready Marcos Maidana of Argentina and got pounded. Maidana knocked him down twice en route to an easy unanimous decision.
Broner has vowed to come back, and he has too much talent to write off based on one stumble. I thought he showed guts when he was hurt during the fight.
He just didn't show good ring IQ or ability to adjust.
Broner is a young fighter, and he might be better off fighting at 140 pounds rather than full welterweight.
But after all the smack he has talked in recent years, the pressure will be on him big-time to come back in 2014.