by David P. Greisman
Adrien Broner wasn’t in the mode we’ve become accustomed to seeing and hearing from him, remaining rather chill during an April 1 conference call with the media in advance of his May 3 bout against Carlos Molina on the pay-per-view undercard to Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana.
But in case you got the wrong idea, the former three-division titleholder made sure to remind us that this isn’t a new Broner changed by his loss to Maidana last December.
“Everybody’s looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humble guy. Well if you’re looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humble guy, you won’t get it,” he said. “I’m still the same fresh, fly, flashy, young, rich and famous young man.”
Broner, a 24-year-old who is 27-1 with 22 knockouts and 1 no contest, held world titles at 130, 135 and 147. Molina, 28, is 17-1-1 with 7 KOs and is coming off more than a year away from the ring following a December 2012 stoppage loss to Amir Khan.
Broner politely declined to talk about the Maidana loss, saying he was on the call to talk about the Molina fight. And he said he wasn’t bothered by the fact that he’s fighting on the undercard of the guy who beat him.
“At the end of the day, I’m still getting a hell of a check. So I don’t care if it’s on the undercard, on the overcard, on the sidecard,” Broner said.
Broner had built himself up as someone that boxing fans either loved or loved to hate. The loss was seen by some as potentially devastating to a previously undefeated, highly hyped fighter — or perhaps that’s just what some hoped would happen.
“Anybody with the pedestal they put me on, anybody taking the loss that I did, it’d probably break them,” Broner said. “But coming where I come from, you know, I’m strong mentally and physically, so I’m ok. I’m perfectly fine with myself.”
He refrained from any trash talk about Molina, saying that Molina wasn’t talking trash either.
“I just want him to be on his A-game, man, because this is not only just a fight for me, this is one of the biggest fights in the world,” Broner said. “They’re looking at me to take over the game after my big brother’s [Floyd Mayweather Jr., figuratively speaking] done with boxing, and 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 I do, and they want to see Adrien Broner back on top. I will not disappoint anybody who loves to see me lose or who loves to see me win, because I’m going to put on a show.”
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