Adrien Broner surprisingly thinks he helped to retire Marcos Maidana during his loss in their 2013 battle.
The four-weight world champion believes his defeat to the Argentinian hardman stands out as one of his more stellar performances.
The American chatted to respected commentator Brian Custer about his performance in the fight. Broner appeared on ‘The Last Stand’ podcast to discuss the clash.
While in conversation with Custer, ‘The Problem’ touched on his highlights. The Maidana beatdown surprising came up as one of the most memorable.
“I loved it because I really fought. He was about to quit, too,” Broner told Custer. “A lot of fighters would’ve quit in my position.
“It was because of the place that I was in then. How hurt I was in the fight. But how I looked at it, I fought the s*** out of him. I see why he retired.
“That’s one of the best fights I ever had, I think.”
Marcos Maidana dominated Broner
Despite the consensus being Maidana completely dominated him over the twelve rounds at the Alamodome in San Antonio back on December 14th, 2013, Broner is adamant the bout changed him as a fighter.
“It made me a little bit more cautious in the ring,” he said. “It made me a little less reckless and more patient.
“When I fought him, I was thinking with my heart instead of being smart and thinking with my brain.
“I could’ve made it easy; I got all the ability in the world to make it easy. But I was just fighting with my heart,” concluded Broner.
Defeat in that headliner cost Broner the chance to face Floyd Mayweather. Maidana subsequently shared 24 rounds with Mayweather and earned almost ten million dollars.
Since then, Broner suffered three more reverses and went four years without a win at one stage. He did pick up an unrecognized WBA’ regular’ title in 2015, though.
Not having his arm held aloft from 2017 to 2021 still causes worries over his future endeavors. Broner faces Omar Figueroa next month to try and stay on the path to another world title shot.
Winning any title may help to ease his troubles outside of the ring. Another world championship is certainly not off the menu if the Cincinnati man can get his act together at 140 pounds.
Another loss against a high-profile fighter could end it all at any moment. Broner may have to think about walking away if that does happen.
If he does retire, there’s always an exhibition rematch with Marcos Maidana to consider.