If Adrien Broner were a stock, he'd be that company that was hot out of the gate and then began to level and dip as investors started to have second thoughts.
Make no mistake: There is plenty in the Broner prospectus that looks very good. He has obvious physical tools and was a three-division world champion by age 23.
But looking behind the numbers shows a cause for concern. He was essentially walked into his world title at 130 pounds. His championship victory at lightweight over Antonio DeMarco was definitely impressive, but his promoter's magazine The Ring seized on it as an excuse to throw him into the pound-for-pound top 10.
Broner captured a world title at welterweight by barely getting past light-hitting Paulie Malignaggi. The performance showed he was clearly not a pound-for-pound top-10 fighter. In his first defense, he was pummeled by Marcos Maidana and stormed from the ring without granting a post-fight interview.
He rebounded from that loss by moving down to 140 and beating journeyman Carlos Molina. The victory was hardly as impressive as Broner tried to make it out to be in his brag-filled, obscenity-spewing, post-fight interview with Showtime's Jim Gray.
Broner sells tickets, so he'll get at least a few more big fights. If he can win those fights, everything is lined up for him to become the superstar he says he is.
But it's worth noting by way of comparison that young welterweights Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman manage to sound every bit as confident as Broner without insulting opponents. And they have both looked far more impressive in the ring, where it really counts.