Adrien Broner’s Back and Forth

By Robert Ecksel on April 4, 2014
Adrien Broner’s Back and Forth
“Well, if you're looking for Adrien Broner to be this new humble guy, you won't get it.”

“I’m still the same fresh, flashy, young, rich and famous guy. I’m a young man, and I respect every fighter, but…”

The May 3 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas could have been called many things, but for unknown reasons it’s called THE MOMENT. Perhaps every time Mayweather fights it’s THE MOMENT, at least until he defeats his overmatched challenger, whereupon THE MOMENT becomes BUSINESS AS USUAL.

One of the highlights of THE MOMENT is a presumably stacked undercard. Amir Khan, who lost the Mayweather sweepstakes to Maidana, fights Luis Collazo. J’Leon Love fights Marco Antonio Periban. And last but not least, Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs), formerly known as The Problem, but now known as the man who got his ass whupped at the Alamodome, gets it on with Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs).

In anticipation of his return to active duty, Broner recently met with the press via teleconference call and seems the same as he ver was. His confidence is undiminished. The bluster is intact. He’s as cocky as ever.

“Everybody is looking for Adrien Broner to be this new humble guy,” the 24-year-old Cincinnati native said. “Well, if you’re looking for Adrien Broner to be this new humble guy, you won’t get it. I’m still the same fresh, flashy, young, rich and famous guy. I’m a young man, and I respect every fighter, but I’m ready to fight. I’m happy Carlos Molina took this fight, but he might be looking to give me another loss. I hope he doesn’t come to lose, but he’s going to lose.”

Broner said much the same thing about Marcos Maidana. But Maidana came to fight. He also came to win. Broner may have taken Maidana lightly. By the sound of it, he won’t make the same mistake with Molina.

“He’s a hell of a fighter,” Broner said. “I don’t disrespect no boxer. It takes a lot to get inside that square circle and I don’t take any boxer lightly. I just want him to be on his A-game May 3.”

The conference call was ostensibly and Q & A. But Broner seemed to duck as many questions as he answered. As an example, someone asked about his weight, which fluctuates dramatically between fights.

“We’re going to do what’s best for Adrien Broner’s career at that time,” he replied, referring to himself in the third-person. “This is my first fight televised at 140 pounds, so we’re at 140 right now and we’re going to see where we go from here.”

Broner was asked what he learned from the fight with Maidana, a trick question if there ever was one, and why he was fighting 10 rounds instead of 12.

“Like I said, I’m going to fight and I don’t make the rules in my fights. I’m just a fighter. So, with that being said, all I’m doing is training hard and I’m getting ready for May 3.”

Returning to the fight with Maidana, which was glossed over in his last reply, Broner admitted, “I had minor setback but I am back. Everybody needs to understand that I just took a loss. I haven’t lost it. I’m still The Problem and anyone can get it, whether you are African, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban or Mexican. Anybody taking a loss that I did, it would probably break them. But coming from where I come from, I’m strong mentally and physically so I’m okay.”

Returning to the subject of his weight, the fight is at 140 and not 147, Broner said, “It’s really not a big change. For me, I’m naturally a lightweight. I can fight in the upper weight class. I’ve got the skills to do it. The weight at 140 was not a problem and being mentally sound is not a problem. I can hit regardless. It doesn’t matter what weight I fight. I can still hit.”

And be hit, I might add. If Maidana could catch him, if Malignaggi could catch him, if Gavin Rees could catch him, others will catch him as well. Floyd Mayweather, who no one catches, advised Broner to lay off Twitter and hip hop and focus on boxing.

“I’m going to do whatever makes Adrien Broner happy. Of course, I listen to my big brother a lot. We talk every day and he tells me things that aren’t on the Internet or not on the social website. He and I have a great understanding.”

When asked if he had any final thoughts, Broner expressed them.

“I’m really not here to talk trash because he (Molina) doesn’t talk trash, so I can’t talk trash to somebody that don’t talk trash to me. Like I said before, I just want him to be on his A-game because this is not only just a fight for me. This is one of the biggest fights in the world because literally they’re looking at me to take over the game after my big brother is done with boxing. Coming off a loss they want to see what I come back and do and they can’t wait to see me on TV again. I know there’s a lot of people that dislike the things that I do, but there’s a lot of people that love the things that I do and they want to see Adrien Broner back on top and I will not disappoint them and anybody who wants to see me.”

There were doubts that Broner would “take over the game” before he fought Maidana, and those doubts were strengthened when El Chino handed Broner his first loss. He’s mistaken if he thinks this is one of the biggest fights in the world. But if it turns out to be one of the biggest fights in the world, the person who is mistaken is me.

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  1. Arjay Cee 02:31pm, 04/12/2014

    Very enjoyable, Robert.  Mr. Problem has problems. He has talked himself out of easy street, so the job security phase of his career is over: no more Minnesotans to beat up.  Soon he will have eaten and partied himself out of the ability to make 140 meaning quite a few harder-punching matchups lie ahead.  For a flatfoot lulled into thinking he is Floyd 2.0, this will be, as they say, an education.

  2. JoeG (R.I.P ALEXIS ARGUELLO) 05:53am, 04/07/2014

    Thank you Jim Crue! I agree with most of your opinions. This is my first time commenting on this site but look forward to future conversations about a sport I truly love. With that being said Maidana made me so happy and they may have been the loudest I have yelled during a boxing match since Corrales-Castillo 1. This sport does not need men (do not consider him one) like Adrien Broner at the top. Someone asked me “Why do you care so much? It is just a boxing match.” I care because if a young boy or girl’s parents were sitting home and watching Adrien Broner, fight along with all of the antics that comes along with him pre- and post-fight, do you think they would consider spending their hard earned money on their child joining the local boxing gym with the chance that their child may end up becoming like him? I hope their answer would be no and that breaks my heart. A final quote from my favorite fighter of all time “When you put the interest of a kid on money instead of heart then you’re destroying the beauty of our lives and our thought process, which should be about how much responsibilities you carry as an athlete and citizen.” - Alexis Arguello

  3. Pete The Sneak 07:50am, 04/06/2014

    OK…only one word for Boner…Insignificant…now let’s move on to something else…Peace.

  4. Jim Crue 05:59pm, 04/04/2014

    I’d like to see Broner sent packing. He’s an arrogant big mouth, uncouth, classless bum. I watched the replay of the fight on Showtime Extreme last night. His entrance to the ring was disgusting. He finally fought someone who hit back and he looked offended. The Showtime announcers were dumbstruck and rooting for Broner. Bernstein used to be good, now he’s a hack. Paulie and Brian Kenney are really good. The blow by blow guy has a fake voice. He’s the kind of guy they make movies about. A fight broadcaster who know nothing about the fights. A total joke. At least I did not have to listen to Buffer.

  5. AKT 11:20am, 04/04/2014

    Broner has to knock out this guy and quick too. Otherwise, I’d say expect a possible upset. Yes, Molina is boring but he is very technical (Khan’s speed and reach is what beat him the last time).

    This might be the most interesting fight of the night (Collazo doing a number on Khan will be the next interesting fight)

  6. Ted 07:33am, 04/04/2014

    Molina does not exactly represent excitement in there. Yeah, he is tricky but he is terribly boring and I’d like to see Broner send him packing.

  7. peter 06:49am, 04/04/2014

    My interest in commenting on Broner is so little that I am already finished commenting.

  8. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:06am, 04/04/2014

    “I don’t disrespect no fighter.” fact when I was simulating sodomizing Maidana in the ring that night in front of that large audience that included my own family members, it was my way of showing my deep and abiding respect for my opponent.

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