Adrien Broner has been a beast in the lighter weight classes, winning belts at super featherweight (130 pounds) and lightweight (135 pounds). But he knows that the big-money fights come at welterweight (147 pounds) and above, and that particular class features pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. Broner will make the move to 147 on Saturday, when he takes on WBA champion Paulie Malignaggi in the champ’s hometown of Brooklyn, and Broner is a big favorite to take the belt.
Broner is 26-0 with 22 KOs, including KOs or TKOs in his last six outings, and he was looking to fight Ricky Burns, the current WBO lightweight champion to unify the 135-pound belts (Broner is the WBC lightweight champ). But the two couldn’t get a deal done and Broner decided to make the leap to 147 pounds, and he has not only stepped up in weight, but in trash talk. “The Problem” has moved into the spotlight because of his mouth and antics, and now he has to back it up on Saturday.
Malignaggi hasn’t backed down and has his own words for the challenger, and he has racked up a 32-4 record. However, he has just seven KOs, which means the aggressive Broner won’t be afraid of his power, especially as Broner moves up in weight. This could be why Malignaggi is the underdog at +800 while Broner comes in at -1400, but Malignaggi is a crafty boxer that knows how to keep more athletic fighters at bay. However, he has lost huge fights against Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan, and the 23-year-old Broner is being touted as being the next big thing.
The longer this fight goes, the better Malignaggi’s boxing betting chances are because we don’t know how Broner’s weight gain will affect his cardio. On the whole, though, this looks like a mismatch as Broner has speed and power on his side. Expect a dominant performance from him on Saturday night.
Pick: Broner -1600