While watching Adrien Broner’s split decision win over Paulie Malignaggi just minutes ago, I can’t help but wonder if “The Problem” was exposed by the savvy veteran. Even though Malignaggi lost the fight, he kept it competitive for all 12 rounds. That’s quite the accomplishment for somebody who came into the ring as an 11-1 underdog.
Most people, myself included, expected Broner to walk right through the “Magic Man” and win by a KO or TKO. Instead, he could have easily been awarded the decision and not many people could have argued it.
I still believe that Broner is a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter and I do believe that he will stay on top of the sweet science for the next 10 years, but the 23-year-old still has a lot to improve on. Malignaggi exposed some of his biggest weaknesses.
Broner has a hard time facing Malignaggi because the savvy veteran stayed active and kept maneuvering around the ring. That caused problems for Broner who is used to bating his opponents into an exchange or getting them caught on the ropes.
Malignaggi has always had a good chin, but I did not expect him to take Broner’s punches as good as he did. This makes me wonder if Malignaggi has a better chin than I gave him credit for, or if Broner’s power did not come up with him from lightweight division.
In recent years boxing fans have been accustomed to seeing fighters move up weight classes while maintaining their power. But that does not necessarily have to be the case with Broner. If he no longer possesses great knockout power at welterweight, I will be forced to re-evaluate my opinion on him.
As of right now, I’m giving all the credit in the world to Malignaggi for one heck of a performance. Broner needed a tough fight against a fighter like Malignaggi and hopefully he learns from it.
I would love to see a rematch take place later this year, although that seems unlikely to happen. I would not blame Broner if he wanted to take an easier opponent in his next fight, but after winning the split decision over Malignaggi he did say he’d fight whoever boxing fans wanted him to. I don’t think he’s quite ready for any Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, but I’d love to see him face Robert Guerrero or Devon Alexander.