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Broner no pushover

Mikey Garcia, right, and Adrien Broner (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Mikey Garcia, right, and Adrien Broner (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

By Nick Giongco

Adrien Broner isn’t a mere bump in the road for Manny Pacquiao.

The American puncher is actually a major stumbling block for Pacquiao, whose World Boxing Association welterweight crown will be on the line when they face on Jan. 12 or 19 probably in Las Vegas.

Parading a 33-3-1 win-loss-draw record with 24 KOs, Broner has won four world titles in as many weight classes.

Before settling in at welterweight where he reigned as world champion, Broner, born and bred in Cincinnati, Ohio, also captured titles at super-feather (130 lbs), lightweight (135) and super-lightweight (140).

Broner’s most impressive victory came against Paulie Malignagi for the world welter diadem.

His three losses were all on points and all against topnotch opposition: Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia.

Before turning professional in May 2008, Broner racked up over 300 amateur fights and won the vast majority of them.

Known as The Problem, the 29-year-old right-handed Broner boasts of speed and power and lots of ring savvy just like Floyd Mayweather.