Arum calls Broner 'mediocre,' shoots down Pacquiao fight

Posted at 05/11/2014 6:22 PM | Updated as of 05/11/2014 6:28 PM
Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and American boxer Adrien "The Problem" Broner. Composite Image.

Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum is not a fan of a potential showdown between former world champion Adrien Broner and Filipino fight king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, saying it will not be a competitive fight.

Earlier this month, Broner bounced back from his first career defeat with a unanimous decision victory over the unheralded Carlos Molina, and afterwards said he would like to fight Pacquiao before the "Pacman" retires from the sport.

But in an interview with Boxing Scene, Arum shot down the idea.

"As far as Broner is concerned, let's be honest about Broner. There's all this nonsense and all this media attention that he got. The kid is a mediocre fighter," Arum said bluntly.

Arum pointed out that Broner "got exposed" by Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana, who handed the American his first defeat last year.

"And then, in his last fight against Molina – a guy who can't fight and hadn't fought for over a year – he struggled with the guy," he added. "So, I mean, he can call out Manny and so forth."

"The point is, he's not competitive with a Pacquiao," Arum stressed.

Broner was being touted as the heir apparent to American superstar Floyd Mayweather prior to his loss to Maidana, but Arum has never thought much of the young boxer.

"I don't make anything of Broner. I think Broner is a very mediocre talent that's been built up and was exposed by Maidana," said Arum.