Junior welterweight contender, John Molina, returns to the boxing ring on March 7th to take on Adrien Broner, in a fight card that will serve as the debut of ‘Premiere Boxing Champions’ on NBC. Molina, now 32 years old, is considered to be a live underdog against Broner, who is looking to capture a title in a fourth weight class.
In part two of my interview with John Molina, I talk with him about his fight with Adrien Broner and if he feels he has the power to knock out ‘The Problem.’ Molina also gives his views on the future of Floyd Mayweather and if he thinks we will see a Pacquiao bout, or a rematch with Cotto. Here is what John Molina had to say.
Robert Brown: You had the power to knock Matthysse down, does that give you the confidence that you’re going to be able to knock Adrien Broner out?
John Molina: Absolutely, it’s not about whether I’m questioning if I can knock him out or not. We’re gonna go out there and we’re gonna implement our will and our will alone is gonna be strong enough to get the job done.
Are we looking for the knockout? Absolutely. Like I always say, “I’m not gonna play chess with Bobby Fischer,” by that I mean that Adrien Broner has very quick hands, very good hand speed but there’s a lot of chinks on his armor that we feel like we can capitalize on and we’re gonna do that.
Robert Brown: If Pacquiao and Mayweather end up fighting, who do you think will win?
John Molina: It’s hard. Talking about Floyd and Pacquiao is like talking about politics and religion, either way side, you’re gonna get really killed on from either end. From a fans perspective, it’s hard to bet against a guy who’s pound-for-pound the best and given the fact that he adapts so well — he only takes a round or two to figure out what a guy is doing.
If I was a betting man and I’m betting with my hard earned money that I earned in the ring, I’m gonna bet that Floyd Mayweather would come out victorious, given the fact that he knows how to adapt very well. Had the fight taken place five years ago, I still think Floyd could have edged him out but I think the fight would have been a lot closer.
Not taking away from what Pacquiao is or what he’s accomplished, but if you’re asking me for my humble opinion, I think Floyd is the better technician, better stylistically in that fight. Is Manny Pacquiao one of the best in our generation? Absolutely. Has he fought the best and beaten the best? One hundred percent, yes. Has he lost to the best? Of course, because at that level, any mistake can cost you a fight.
It’s not to take away from a fighter but Manny Pacquiao fights any and everybody. If I was betting my money, I would bet Floyd would win the fight. Is it gonna be an easy fight? Not by any stretch of the imagination, but it would be a real fight and I think Floyd would come out on top.
Robert Brown: If Floyd doesn’t fight Pacquiao, the next in line appears to be Cotto. Do you think fans will have any interest in that fight?
John Molina: Cotto did give him a very good fight. Up until Maidana, Cotto was the last great fighter that gave Mayweather a good fight. Cotto did look impressive against Martinez, so I think it would be a good fight.
I think Cotto is a great champion, one of the best in this era that we’re in. I think he’d make it a competitive fight but it’s hard to bet against Floyd Mayweather right now, he’s already gone down that road and already came out on top. As a fan would I watch it? Of course, you’re gonna watch any fight of that magnitude. But if you’re asking my opinion, I think Mayweather would come out on top again.
Robert Brown: Who do you think Pacquiao should fight next, if it’s not Floyd?
John Molina: I would say that it’s either gonna be Jessie Vargas or Ruslan Provodnikov. If I had to give you my guess from a business perspective, I think Top Rank has Vargas and Provodnikov, I think those would be the two guys that can have a round robin if you will, to keep Pacquiao busy. I think Pacquiao comes out victorious on both of those fights. They’re not great fights for the fans but they got to fill the seats and they gotta keep the guys busy.
I think those are the two names until they can hash out what they can hash out and make a fight of a certain magnitude. As of right now Jessie Vargas and Ruslan would be a good fight, but if you ask me who’s gonna win on both of those fights, Pacquiao wins hands down.
Robert Brown: Any final thoughts on your fight with Adrien Broner?
John Molina: I will promise you this, you will see another fight of the year candidate come March 7th.
Robert Brown: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans from all around the world and how can they keep in touch with you?
John Molina: On Instagram @JohnMolinaJr135, Twitter @JohnMolinaJr135, and also my Facebook fan page because my personal account is overloaded. I want to thank all the fans across the world that have reached out to me and send me emails. It’s really motivating to know that you guys actually appreciate what I do in the ring, and the type of fighter that I am. I’m a meat and potatoes kind of guy, I throw it all in my bag, this is my job, I support my family this way. For you guys to jump on the train with me and support me, it really means a lot to me and I’m fighting for all you fans come March 7th.