Mayweather vs Maidana: Carlos Molina understands underdog role, but pressure is on Broner

Jeff Gross

Carlos Molina isn't supposed to win on May 3, and he really isn't even supposed to challenge Adrien Broner. But that means there's no pressure on Molina.

The last time Carlos Molina was in the ring, he was wiped out by Amir Khan in a bout designed to make his more famous opponent look good coming off of a loss. That was in December 2012. His next fight, he's expected to be wiped out by Adrien Broner in a bout designed to make his more famous opponent look good coming off of a loss. That will come on May 3.

"I know the whole world is seeing me as an underdog, but that just motivates me even more," Molina said on a media conference call. "I think I've got a lot to prove in this fight. I'm coming off a loss with Amir Khan, so I'm going to go in there and I've been extremely hard for this fight so I'm going to give it my all come May 3."

Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO) is a natural lightweight who was undersized and badly outclassed by the speed and skills of Khan in 2012, looking nowhere near a world class fighter. Before that fight, he was sold as undefeated. Before this one, the hope is that fans will buy that Broner (27-1, 22 KO) may still be reeling from a loss to Marcos Maidana.

Molina, though he says he's coming to fight and looking to win, sounds as though he understands the position he's being put in. When asked if he felt he was being overlooked, he said, "You know what, it doesn't bother me at all. He's a three-time world champion. He's the one that's supposed to put on a show, so I'm right here, just working hard and getting ready."

The good thing for Molina is that he really has nothing to lose with this fight. All the pressure is on Adrien Broner, who is supposed to win to start his comeback trail. Molina even being competitive would be a shock, as well as a boost to his career, likely earning him future fights to test comebacking opponents or rising prospects.

"I know what's on the line. I'm fighting a world-class fighter, so I'm going to give it my all," Molina said.

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