Broner stated that he can’t see the Briton lasting four rounds when the pair trade blows at the DC Armory in Washington next month, although Mayweather says the determined Theophane will be a stern test the four-weight world title holder.
“Ashley Theophane is a guy that came from the UK with a dream. His dream was to be world champion one day. Same dream I had. He’s a very humble, hungry and dedicated fighter,” said the 49-0 star.
“Ashley is working with a great trainer in Nate Jones. He’s a former Olympian and a guy who has a great boxing mind.
“I don’t think this is going to be an easy fight for Adrien. I’ll tell both guys to push themselves to the limit and give fans what they want to see,” he added.
Theophane, 35, had won his last six bouts on the spin since a war with tough Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano ended in a split decision reverse and a sixth career loss for the Londoner, who previously reigned as British champion at 140 back in 2011.
‘Treasure’ then linked up with Mayweather in Las Vegas a year later and is now on the verge of fulfilling his dream of contesting the world championship in what will be a 46th pro outing.
Seasoned champion Broner is a mammoth 1/50 on with some bookmakers to fend off Theophane’s advances and possibly set-up a unification with Viktor Postol or Terence Crawford later this year.