Broner says Mayweather fight won't happen

February, 13, 2013
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Adrien Broner is expected to run roughshod over the man he's fighting Saturday night in Atlantic City, Gavin Rees, and people like me who think Broner is the real deal, a possible megastar of the next decade, would like him to jump up a few notches in competition.

I'd like to see what the 23-year-old Broner (25-0) could do against Floyd Mayweather, for instance. I put Broner on the spot during a Tuesday press conference to hype the Boardwalk Hall scrap, promoted by Golden Boy, which will run on HBO.

So, could Broner face off with Mayweather? "We won't ever fight, that's a big brother, that's my big brother," he said. "I don't fight family." How about for $30 million? "I wouldn't fight family, no," he repeated.

So, are you the top guy in the game, the pound-for-pound best, I asked Broner? "I pay homage, Floyd is still in the game but after Floyd, it's Adrien Broner," he said. "In this era, I'm number one. As long as Floyd Mayweather is still in the game, it's only right, he's number one."
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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