By Keith Idec
LAS VEGAS – Al Bernstein asked Adrien Broner an innocuous question Wednesday.
Broner responded by blasting the unsuspecting “Showtime Championship Boxing” broadcaster with an expletive-filled tirade. Bernstein handled the seemingly uncomfortable exchange as professionally and respectfully as could’ve been expected.
Bernstein was introduced by Showtime’s regular ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr., to ask questions after Manny Pacquiao spoke toward the end of a press conference for his Showtime Pay-Per-View main event against Broner. The Philippines’ Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) and Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) will fight Saturday night for Pacquiao’s WBA world welterweight title at MGM Grand Garden Arena (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT; $74.99 in HD).
Below is the entire exchange that took place between Bernstein and Broner inside MGM Grand’s David Copperfield Theater.
BERNSTEIN: We’ll turn to Adrien Broner. Adrien, you mentioned to some of the press that you see this fight as turning the page, and a win would mean so much to you. Explain a little bit on how it’s turning the page for you.
BRONER: I ain’t even gonna lie to you. I don’t f*** with you, bro. I don’t f*** with you. You be talking so much sh*t about me on Twitter, bro.
BRONER: Yeah, you, b*tch-ass n*gga. And I’m just being real, bro. I just already feel like you against me.
BERNSTEIN: I’m not against anybody. But this isn’t about me. It’s about you.
BRONER: I would rather Roy Jones or Stephen A. Smith ask me some questions. I don’t f*** with you.
BERNSTEIN: OK. That’s fine. So, Adrien Broner’s not gonna answer any more questions. I think I’ll take that as a no. And we’ll let you ask him all the questions in the future. But now it’s time for the fighters to face … well, let me ask – before we get to that, I’ll go to your trainer, Kevin Cunningham.”
BRONER: “Gang gang. If I don’t f*** with you, they don’t f*** with you.”
BERNSTEIN: “Well, I think it’s their choice, isn’t it?”
BRONER: “Man, gang gang. You don’t know what that mean? Gang gang. Take the ‘l’ out of lover. It’s over, brother.”
BERNSTEIN: “Well, Kevin, what do you say to all this?”
Cunningham threw up his hands, shook his head and declined to answer Bernstein’s question.
BERNSTEIN: “He’s done. It’s not about me, it’s about the fighters. So, what do you say we have them do a face-off for you, and it’s time for the face-off between the two fighters. Let’s get that going, and that’ll end the festivities.”
Pacquiao and Broner then stood face-to-face and posed for photographs, before going their separate ways.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.