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Adrien Broner ‘retires’ against at 30

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Adrien Broner has announced his retirement from boxing for the second time this year following his defeat to Manny Pacquiao in January.

The 30 year-old four-weight world champion has been out of action since the loss and shows no signs of a comeback yet.

Pacquiao scored a decision points win over Broner at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The ‘Pacman’ then followed it up by defeating Keith Thurman to become the number one welterweight on the planet.

Broner, in contrast, has been far from having boxing on his mind lately. Instagram activity has left much to be desired, and fans are worried about Broner’s stability. ‘The Problem’ has many options open to him, as Broner can fight at 140 or 147 pounds. Those divisions are loaded, and there’s undoubtedly money to be made for the man whose catchphrase is ‘About Billions’.

Looking at his recent form, Broner badly needs a victory despite still having a reputation for commanding big bucks. The Cincinnati man is two and a half years from his last W, which came from a close split decision over Adrian Granados.

Broner hasn’t looked in good form since his days as a lightweight. Only wins over Paulie Malignaggi (debated) and domination of John Molina Jr. standout since a 2012 stoppage of Antonio DeMarco at 135.

The big question is, ‘Does Adrien Broner want to fight on?’ – that’s what he must ask himself. Constantly retiring seems to be either a cry for attention or help when Broner could be in the gym preparing for his next challenge.

A clash with Welshman Lee Selby has already fallen apart, but there are still huge fights on offer, with the winner of the World Boxing Super Series for one.

Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor will fight by the end of 2019. The winner would then be a firm target. Then, the likes of Jose Ramirez and Gervonta Davis could be possible in 2020.

It’s all there if Broner actually wants it.

At this point, it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll see the former pound-for-pound star back in action.

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