Tag: Manny Pacquiao

BRONERISMS

By Jon Uddin

Love it or hate it, the Adrien Broner boxing fans have come to know was on display Wednesday at the final press conference for Saturday’s welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquaio.

Broner lashed out at Al Bernstein, appearing to believe the longtime Showtime Boxing analyst has it out for him..”I ain’t even gonna lie to you. I don’t fuck with you, bro. I don’t fuck with you. You be talking so much shit about me on Twitter, bro. I’m just being real, bro. I just already feel like you against me. I would rather Roy Jones or Stephen A. Smith ask me some questions. I don’t fuck with you.”

The harshest criticism to be found by Bernstein was after Broner’s loss to Mikey Garcia, where Bernstein stated in the post fight that Broner had come up short in his three top level fights (vs Maidana, Porter, and Garcia). When interviewed after the presser Bernstein said as far as twitter goes he has tweeted about Broner “maybe 5-10 times in 6 years” and when he did it was all boxing related and never personal.

Before the press conference wrapped up, Broner would deliver verbal jabs to the Filipino Pacquiao supporters in attendance “I got a cat for you for dinner” and “I got some sautéed German Shepherd for you in the back”

In the end we all know what we are getting into when we have an Adrien Broner fight, the blueprint hasn’t changed over the past 6 to 7 years. What has changed is the current landscape of boxing and the new young blood that has arrived. Broner’s routine has grown dull and predictable, he is now at the point where he needs to win a top level fight to continue to be relevant in the sport.

Fire and Ice: Pacquiao vs Broner

This upcoming Saturday, live on Showtime Pay-Per-View marks the return of an all-time-great.

The legendary 12X, 8-division world Champion & 6X, 5-division Lineal Champion Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39KO), returns to centerstage to face off against explosive, but sporadic 4-division titlist Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (33-3-1, 24KO) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

You seriously can’t find two boxers more diametrically opposed, perhaps historically than these two boxers here, as Pacquiao is more a reserved individual on the quiet side, who is very humble and philanthropic, while Broner operates with a rambunctious overtone, as someone who takes time to be boisterous at every chance he can find, who ultimately loves the sound of his own voice.

Considering the timing of this bout, these two right now are meeting at a perfect crossroads in their careers, considering that while still very good, Pacquiao is not quite what he used to be, and just turned 40 years of age last month, and Broner operating at the level that he settled at for the last couple years, making this a far more intriguing fight now than it would’ve been if they agreed to fight years prior.

For Broner, this feels like a final chance to secure the big win in his career that has eluded him up to this point, as well as a chance to really capitalize in a money fight, which is paramount on his to-do list to secure more lucrative paydays in the future, (his nickname is ‘About Billions’ after all).

Manny has his own lofty plans at future paydays given his tax situation, however that’s a bridge to cross if he gets there, and the way to get there is to take care of business at hand. We will see whether the legend still has something left at that level, and whether or not if Broner can rise to the occasion of the big stage.