MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. sees a bright future for lightweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and hopes he can one day “pass the torch” to the 23-year-old boxer.
Broner, who has a 26-0 record, has made no secret of his admiration for Mayweather and is determined to follow the footsteps of “Money.”
In an interview with Boxing Scene’s Ryan Burton, Mayweather said he wishes nothing but the best for Broner, whom he calls a “young, tough lion.”
“They’re comparing Adrien Broner to me, which is a good thing,” he said. “I think he’s a young, tough lion. Hopefully one day, I can hand the torch to him and then he can carry the torch and pass it to another fighter.”
“We don’t know what the future holds (for Broner). I’m not a psychic. I cannot predict the future, but hopefully, he can break my numbers,” Mayweather added.
Broner has been criticized for being a Mayweather copycat, but the American fighter said it only made sense for “The Problem” to emulate him.
“That’s no different when you watch certain basketball players play like Michael Jordan, and Michael Jordan plays like Dr. J (Julius Erving). Why wouldn’t (Broner) want to fight like the best?” Mayweather said.
“They try to criticize him (for using that style). How do you criticize him if he’s following greatness? His ultimate goal is to be great, so he should follow greatness,” he added.
“When there is another young champion coming up, they should follow Adrien Broner. It’s about passing the torch, helping one another.”
Mayweather said his “ultimate goal” is “to help (Broner), not to hurt him.”
“If I can give him any advice, I will always give him positive advice,” Mayweather said. “If it’s something that’s not right, then I’ll tell him it’s not right, because I don’t want him to make the same mistakes that I made.”