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Mayweather vs. Maidana: Co-Main could be Adrien Broner against John Molina

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Adrien Broner may be dropping down to 140 for his next fight which could also be the co-main for Floyd Mayweather's PPV.

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It's looking like the potentially fun Amir Khan - Adrien Broner clash will have to be put on hold. Fight Hype is reporting the main fight under consideration for being the chief supporting bout for the Floyd Mayweather/Marcos Maidana PPV is going to be Broner moving down in weight to face John Molina.

Molina is 27-3 with 21 KO's. He's a middle-of-the-road type boxer who you may remember for rallying to stop Mickey Bey in the tenth round last July. It was a tremendous comeback win in the final seconds of a fight that he was losing, and It's likely what has earned him this opportunity. The other fight you may remember him for is his 1st round knockout loss to Antonio DeMarco in September 2012. He got caught with a straight left hand as soon as the fight began and it was waved off after a mere 44 seconds. DeMarco was then destroyed by Broner only two months later.

DeMarco is the pair's only common opponent which doesn't mean everything, styles do make fights and such, but probably gives us a good indication of who the big favorite is here. This is a get-well fight for Broner who was hammered by Maidana and didn't look impressive in decisioning Paulie Malignaggi before that, either. Those two fights were at welterweight, this will take place at junior welter if it is agreed to.

The Fight Hype article also states that Molina signed with Al Haymon last month. Broner is also with Haymon, as is seemingly everyone in boxing these days. Even Khan is negotiating with Haymon at the moment. In other words, this will be an easy fight to make.

It's nice having Broner on the card but it isn't much of a chief support to the main event. I mean, it's still better than some of the junk we've seen over the years (time to take shots at Bob Arum!) but it isn't that good either, especially since Golden Boy had raised the bar with Danny Garcia - Lucas Matthysse on the Mayweather/Canelo Alvarez card in September. A fight between Broner and Khan would have created considerable buzz but it looks like Broner wants to go to 140 while Khan may be moving up to 147. Where's a catchweight when you need it?

A report on the other potential undercard fights for the Mayweather PPV show, featuring Abner Mares, can be found here.