Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Broner-Molina added to May 3 card
By Dan Rafael
First came the announcement that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana would meet in a welterweight unification fight May 3 (Showtime PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in one of the year’s biggest fights.
On Monday came the announcement that former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan would move up to welterweight to tangle with former titleholder Luis Collazo in a strong co-feature.
And on Tuesday came the announcement of the remaining two fights on the pay-per-view: former three-division titleholder Adrien Broner, moving down to junior welterweight and coming off his December loss to Maidana, against Carlos Molina, who hasn’t fought since a knockout loss to Khan in December 2012, and super middleweight J’Leon Love against Marco Antonio Periban in what should be a competitive fight in the opener.
With the announcement of the two final bouts also came comments from those four fighters. Here’s what they had to say:
• Broner (27-1, 22 KOs): "I had minor setback, but I am back on May 3. Everybody needs to understand that I just took a loss. I haven't lost it. I'm still ‘The Problem,’ and anyone can get it, whether you are Afri-can, Puerto Ri-can, Domini-can, Cuban or Mexi-can."
• Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs): "I am so excited to be able to fight on a card of this magnitude against Adrien Broner. Sure he's tough, but we all saw what happened in his last fight when he was under pressure. I have the boxing ability and punching power to beat him, and that is exactly what I plan to do on May 3."
• Love (17-0, 10 KOs): "It is always an honor to be on the same card as my boss, Floyd Mayweather. I train with him in the gym every day and see what it takes to compete at the highest level in boxing. I can't thank Floyd and Mayweather Promotions enough for these opportunities. My opponent is a very tough competitor, but I have no doubt that I will be victorious and move one step closer to a world championship. May 3 can't get here soon enough."
• Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs): "This is a great opportunity for me, and I will represent my country and Mexican boxing fans all over the world on this Cinco de Mayo weekend. J'Leon Love might be a member of 'The Money Team,' but that won't matter on May 3, when he has to face someone like me. We'll see who comes out victorious. I will not let my people or my country down."