Credit: Ed Muholland
I thought Adrien Broner deserved the split decision he got against WBA Welterweight beltholder Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday. Broner did the far more hurtful damage. The bigger question that lurks following Broner’s win is whether he is primed to be at the top.
The victory leaves room for interpretation. Broner certainly looks and acts the part. He is undoubtedly talented and at 23, there is a lot of upside. We might want to hold off before nominating him as the heir-apparent.
Yet against Malignaggi, he coasted. Meanwhile, Malignaggi fought like a possessed maniac in a dogfight. One couldn’t help but wonder how Broner would look against a guy whose punches were actually thrown with hurtful intent. It’s just that there are a few signs that are disturbing and difficult to ignore in light of Broner already being named the future PFP king.
Before I get too carried away in being skeptical of Broner’s future prospects in the big picture, he is only 23 years old. In a...