Adrien Broner on pace for fourth title belt vs. Carlos Molina


Not only does three-division titlewinner Adrien Broner plan to return impressively from what he has called "a minor setback," his loss to Marcos Maidana, but he has also vowed to do so in the same cocky manner as always during his 140-pound debut against Carlos Molina on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Maidana undercard on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"I'm happy that Carlos Molina took this fight, he's looking to give me another 'L,' but that's not going to happen," said Broner, who was dropped once each during the second and eighth-round of December's unanimous decision loss to Maidana that dethroned him as WBA 147-pound titleholder.

"At the end of the day, everybody's looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humbled guy, but if you're looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humbled guy, you won't get it," he said. "I'm still the same fresh, fly and flashy, rich and famous young man, and I'm ready to fight."

The 24-year-old Broner (27-1, 22 knockouts) made that assertion during a Tuesday conference call touting his bout with Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs), who was last in the ring for a 10th-round stoppage loss to ex-beltholder Amir Khan in December 2012.

Broner will compete in his fourth weight class against Molina.

"He's a helluva fighter, and I don't disrespect no boxer," said Broner. "It takes a lot to get inside that squared circle. I don't take any boxer lightly."

In preparation for Molina, Broner's trainer, Mike Stafford, said the Cincinnati, Ohio, resident to Washington, D.C., where he is working alongside IBF junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson at a facility operated by Peterson's manager and trainer, Barry Hunter.

"We took him back to Washington, D.C., where he first started training as a pro. So, psychologically, we kind of came back up here to get down to our roots. Whatever made him what he was where he came from, we want to get that back again. We want to follows those same steps," said Stafford.

"He's still, in my eyes, a three-time champion and a champion of the world, so that's what we want to be. That's why we're coming back here and doing the things that we used to do and that we always will do. It's just that we're more hungry now."

Broner jumped two weight classes from 135 to face Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), falling in a what was a brutally physical bout that tested the loser's resolve in only his second fight in the 147-pound division.

"I'm not here to talk about my past fight, I'm here to talk about my fight on May 3," said Broner, in response to fighting beneath Maidana on a card. "At the end of the of the day, I don't care if it's on the undercard or on the over-card, I'm still getting a helluva check."

Broner already had earned title belts over three weight classes before facing Maidana, taking the WBO's junior lightweight belt by third-round knockout over Vicente Martin Rodriguez in November 2011, and the WBC's lightweight title following an eighth-round stoppage of Antonio DeMarco in November 2012.

Last June, Broner rose into his 147-pound debut for a split-decision victory that dethroned Paulie Malignaggi for the division's WBA's belt.

Dropping to 140, said Broner, is "no problem."

"It's really not a big change for me, because I'm naturally a lightweight. I can just fight in the upper weight classes because I have the skills to do it. Making 140 is not a problem," said Broner.

"It's just being mentally prepared and that's not a problem. I'm focused in the gym, and I've got a great system, and I'm okay. I can hit, regardless. It don't matter what weight I'm at, I can still hit. So, I will showcase my talents and my speed and my power on May 3, and let you guys decide."

Does Broner have aspirations of winning fourth belt in as many divisions?

"Of course. We're going to do what's best for Adrien Broner. This is my first world-wide televised fight at 140 pounds, and we're going to see where we go from here," said Broner.

"Right now, I'm looking at this strong Mexican who is going to try to take my head off, and that's Carlos Molina. We're going to take care of business on May 3, and then we'll worry about getting a world title at 140 after that. We know that it's on the way, but we have to take it one step at a time."