Adrien Broner is going to retire again, but not until he accomplishes three things on his wish list — all of which seem very improbable.
According to Broner, he will pursue a world title in his fifth different weight class by moving up to the junior middleweight division limit of 154 pounds.
In six bouts contested at welterweight, Broner has accumulated a record of 2-3-1 with 0 knockouts. All of his wins, though, have been controversial decisions against Adrian Granados and Paulie Malignaggi. Moreover, Broner has lost each time he has stepped up to face a top opponent: Mikey Garcia, WBC welterweight titlist Shawn Porter, former junior welterweight titleholder Marcos Maidana, and most recently, WBA Super champ Manny Pacquiao.
Broner has two more wishes and these are even a stretch for Broner’s standards — two 155-pound catch-weight fights against middleweights Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO’s, 29, of Mexico, the WBA “Super” 160-pound world titleholder, is potentially seeking a light heavyweight title fight against 175-pound titlist Sergey Kovalev. Furthermore, he could also face WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade in the fall. If Canelo is going to fight Broner, the fight will happen on his terms.
Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KO’s), a former unified 160-pound champion, who lost his belts to Alvarez the previous September, is coming off a fourth-round KO of Steve Rolls on June 8, which was contested at a catch-weight of 165 pounds.
Golovkin is set to face top contender Sergey Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight title on Oct. 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Canelo had previously held the IBF strap after beating Golovkin, but was stripped earlier this month after failed negotiations to fight Derevyanchenko.
The chances of Broner goading Alvarez and Golovkin to face him at a catch-weight are slim to none.
It is more likely, however, that Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO’s) will retire — again. After all, the 30-year-old has already done it twice this year alone, and three times in his career.
In his most recent fight on Jan. 17, Broner landed just 50 punches through 12 rounds in a one-sided blowout loss to Manny Pacquiao.