How in the world did a judge see Adrien Broner winning all 10 rounds vs. Carlos Molina Saturday night on the Showtime Pay-Per-View undercard of Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana? Broner clearly deserved the win, by seven rounds to three or eight to two, but 10 rounds?
And there’s the rub. Broner, moving down to 140 pounds, should not have remotely had any trouble with Molina, coming off a long layoff and a loss to Amir Khan. (The other judges had it by more appropriate margins.) He lost the first three rounds on my card, throwing very few punches and not having the zip he did at 130 and 135, and that he had none of at 147. Molina won those rounds on sheer aggression and volume. Broner — whose work and diet habits are as poor as you’ll see from an elite athlete — eventually turned it around merely by putting his foot on the gas to about 30 mph.
After that, Broner only lost one more round when he eased up. It feels like a million years ago that many (including yours truly) thought Broner had a great chance of being the future of the sport. This was him getting back on the winning track in less stellar a fashion than he should’ve. A fight against Lucas Matthysse, as promoter Golden Boy has discussed, sounds about right for both men.