Adrien Broner draws some comparisons to Floyd Mayweather, partially because of his in-ring style, and also because he has a brash persona and isn't afraid to make waves, say what's on his mind, and let the dust settle where it will.
So it was at Gleason's Gym in Dumbo, Brooklyn on Tuesday, when the Cinci boxer, who tries to take Paul Malignaggi's WBA welterweight crown on Saturday night at Barclays Center, and on Showtime, offered up an explicit and X-rated analogy for the press when asked about meeting Paulie on his home turf.
It will be like, Broner said, if the questioner came home, and found Broner in a compromising clinch with his lady love. He wouldn't apologize, he wouldn't run out the back door, he said. "I'm gonna leave the same door I come in," he said. Basically, he'd do the deed with no pang of conscience. That, he said, is what he will do on Saturday. "I might knock Paulie out, or maybe I beat the s--- out of him," he said.
As far as him being like Floyd, Broner is, to me, like a rougher cousin of "Money." Yes, Floyd might cavort with topless dancers and such, but Broner goes BLUE. We saw that video of him in the strip club, and soon after understood that he isn't afraid to enter politically incorrect territory when he brought up an ex galpal of Malignaggi's, who he later took up with, during the introductory presser in Atlantic City. That back and forth was fairly mortifying for many folks in attendance, especially women, who didn't think it was appropriate for such salty language and XXX subject matters to be fodder for trash talk.
Yep, Broner isn't for everyone. Though, Broner declared at Gleason's, he has felt love in NY. "They know AB," he said, as the guy who brushes his hair.
The subject of Mayweather came up a few times, as people are sensing that he and Broner are natural rivals. "It ain't ever about money against me and my brother," he said, when asked if money could lure him to the table for a Floyd fight. "Family, you can't make me do it, I don't care what amount of dollars is thrown at me. It's not about the money, I really love the sport of boxing, you can't bribe me....He's a big brother, a mentor to me."
Malignaggi arrived after Broner, and seemed completely amped, on message, ready to show Broner that the oddsmakers who install him an 11-to-1 underdog are morons. When apprised of Broner trainer Mike Stafford's prediction that Broner would stop him in round six, Malignaggi responded, "Come get it. There's not much to say other than that."
Heavyweights Seth Mitchell (25-1-1) and Johnathon Banks (29-1-1) both attended. Mitchell is thinking he has shored up holes in his game, and Banks is thinking that isn't possible in a short span of time since he stopped the prospect, last November. Banks' trainer Javon Hill, the nephew of the late Emanuel Steward, told me he was impressed that Mitchell asked for a rematch with Banks right away, and that speaks to his character. If Mitchell does show that balance and reaching issues are history, I admit, I will be mightily impressed. Team Mitchell, including trainer Andre Hunter, told me they are darned confident the kid has made strides and will show the world that the loss to Banks was an aberration. (By the way, Hill told me that he doesn't think there is any way, shape or form Banks ever fights the man he trains, Wladimir Klitschko. Why? They are too close, and it would be like fighting family. For no amount of money is that OK, Hill said, and I agreed.)
Sakio Bika (31-5-2), who fights for the vacant WBC 168 pound crown, was in attendance, as was Mexican foe Marco Antonio Periban (20-0). Periban hopes to outbox the rumbler Bika, keep him at a safe distance, use his jab smartly. Bika told me that Periban hasn't been in with anyone near his talent level and expects that to show Saturday.
Marcus Browne (4-0), the Staten Island light heavyweight, once again impressed me with his personality. He has a buoyant persona, and if he keeps winning, and gets to near title contention, his stature could really mushroom. He meets 7-6-1 Ricardo Campillo at Barclays.
Frank Galarza (9-0-2), who grew up in nearby Red Hook, impressed me with his humility. He said he underestimated his last foe, Jason Thompson, and that is why they fought to a draw May 4 in Queens. Never agin, he said. Saturday foe Edgar Perez (5-5) will pay, he promised.
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