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All BS aside, Adrien Broner knows what’s at stake against Manny Pacquiao

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 80 fight nights a year … And then came the clowning.“He do some great things,” Broner continued. “His top three is: singing, promoting Hennessy, and planking.”By planking, Broner is referring to Pacquiao being knocked out cold and laying motionless face first on the canvas as a result of a crushing overhand right from Juan Manuel Marquez back in December 2012.Seconds later, Broner vowed to beat Pacquiao’s “motherf— ass.”And as the press conference transitioned to a moderated question-and-answer segment, Broner added for good measure: “I got the whole hood with me, just like he got the whole Philippines with him. I don’t even know how to spell that. I got the whole hood with me; H-O-O-D.”Broner is liable to say anything, remaining one of boxing’s most colorful and controversial personalities. Depending on your personality, you’ll either find his Instagram exploits and trash talk to opponents crass and obnoxious or wildly entertaining. But chances are, there will be no middle ground for the polarizing figure.By the time the first leg of the Pacquiao-Broner promotional tour in NYC came to an end, “Pac Man” was reduced to laughs, unable to keep a straight face while posing for the traditional staredown with his opponent.#PacquiaoBroner🤔Laughs and smiles during their staredown:— Sporting News Boxing (@sn_boxingring) November 19, 2018But as the bright lights from the Showtime live-streamed press event shut off and Pacquiao and Broner held court with pools of reporters on separate sides of the stage, AB made it clear that despite all the jokes, what’s at stake for him when the two clash Jan. 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on Showtime pay-per-view, will be no laughing matter.He’s viewing the fight as a chance to not only take Pacquiao’s WBA welterweight title, but also cement his own legacy, especially if he’s able to knock the boxing legend out.“After this win and … God forbid if I catch him with a right hand like Marquez did … I’m a legend. I’m a legend — I knocked out Pacquiao,” Broner told Sporting News amid a scrum of reporters Monday.Although he’ll likely head into this bout as the underdog, the 29-year-old Broner can win this fight against a past-his-prime, yet still capable Pacquiao, who turns 40 next month. That’s what makes this a dangerous fight for Pacquiao.”Pac Man” last scored a TKO victory over Lucas Matthysse back in July, while Broner is coming off a majority draw against Jessie Vargas in April.The problem with “The Problem” has never been his talent, skill set and toughness. Even in his three losses, Broner (33-3-1) has demonstrated that he’s a tough out, having been knocked down several times in his pro career, but never knocked out.The problem with “The Problem” has been his focus, overall mental health, brushes with the law and a notorious stigma of putting night life and entertainment over his dedication to the Sweet Science. Frankly, Adrien Broner is his own worst enemy at times. He knows it and everyone else does too.This past February, Broner was arrested on a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, accused of groping a woman at an Atlanta shopping mall. He was released on $2,000 bail in that incident.In April 2017, Broner was arrested on a warrant stemming from a failure to appear in court on a prior arrest.Back in October 2016, Broner evoked genuine concern, alluding to suicidal thoughts on his Instagram account. That same month had him cited for battery at a nightclub in Las Vegas for allegedly choking a waitress, as reported by TMZ Sports. Earlier that same year, Broner allegedly assaulted a man outside a Cincinnati bowling alley, although those charges were later dropped.Constantly being his own biggest roadblock led Broner to tell SN that the boxing world hasn’t seen his best yet.“I got so much more to offer, man,” Broner said. “Sometimes I let what goes on outside of boxing get to me. But for this fight, I’m full-fledged 110 percent.”And that means we can expect Broner to be fully prepared Jan. 19.The former four-division world titleholder spent part of Monday telling reporters that he knew this day with Pacquiao was coming since he was a kid boxing in Cincinnati.“Coming where I come from, I always wanted to fight Pacquiao,” he said. “Listen, before I turned pro, my first promoter, Andrew Williams, he always said, ‘You can beat this motherf—. You’re going to fight him and you’re gonna beat him.’ Growing up, I was like, ‘Damn, I’m gonna fight Pacquiao one day.’”Broner has good reason to have a chip on his shoulder while training for the fight. This past September, a video surfaced of Floyd Mayweather Jr. saying he was coming out of retirement yet again to face Pacquiao this year. Those plans never panned out, although Pacquiao did sign with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, which is also home to Broner.When asked about a possible rematch with Mayweather, Pacquiao maintained that he won’t overlook or underestimate Broner.But Mayweather’s name being evoked during his fight promotion triggered Broner, who became incensed.“Man, f— Floyd!” Broner declared onstage. “No disrespect, but [Pacquiao] ain’t fighting Floyd. He’s fighting me. I’m about to beat your motherf— ass.”That said, when SN followed up with Broner about the talks of a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch, the brash boxer walked down his previous statement a bit.“They’re going to say that anyway,” he said about people projecting the rematch. “They talk about Jesus — I ain’t tripping.”Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15We have heard Broner boast big before fights, only to come out on the losing end — most notably to Marcos Maidana in December 2012, Shawn Porter in June 2015 and Mikey Garcia last July — all by the way of unanimous decision.Two of those names remain in the thick of a crowded welterweight division, with Porter set to defend his WBC welterweight title against Yordenis Ugas on March 9 and Garcia moving up in weight to face the regarded king of the division, IBF champ Errol Spence Jr., on March 16. That same division will get the return of Keith Thurman in the New Year and features Terence Crawford, who could very well be the pound-for-pound best boxer, period.A win over Pacquiao would not only give Broner hardware of his own, but it would revive his career, so he could reach full potential. Not to mention, it would open up new revenue streams and at least momentarily steer eyes away from his out-of-ring antics and put them on his in-ring feats — especially if he’s able to knock Pacquiao out. “If the knockout comes, it comes,” Broner said. “I’m just focused on my win and I’m trying to win in good fashion. I’m going to train my ass off and give my all.”Here’s Adrien Broner once again predicting a win, vowing to train hard and give his all.Do you believe him this time around? Adrien Broner heard his name called for opening comments and sprang to action, microphone in his hand, ready to do what he does best — talk trash.“What can I say about [Manny] Pacquiao, man? He’s a future Hall of Famer,” Broner said onstage during a New York City press conference at Gotham Hall on Monday morning to formally announce his upcoming fight against the boxing legend.last_img read more