One of the hot topics in the boxing world is the comments that were made by Adrien Broner in his post-fight interview after his fight against Carlos Molina on the Floyd Mayweather – Marcos Maidana undercard. Broner after the said, “At the ends of the day, I’m still Adrien Broner, the Can Man, anybody can get it, Africans, I just beat the F*$@ out of a Mexican.” And with that, the comments said by Broner sent waves through the boxing fans and officials. Broner has since been suspended by the WBC until he apologizes, which he did, sincere or not.
It seems that boxers have to play roles to get what they want and the money they want. Sometimes it’s the bad guy role (Broner), sometimes it’s the bully role (Gamboa), and sometimes it’s the, quiet, nice guy role (Mikey Garcia). This all came up when TheBoxingVoice was able to speak with Erislandy Lara, who fights Canelo Alvarez on July 12th in Las Vegas, on his opinion regarding Broner’s comments, particularly with him being a Latino. Lara said “I was up in my room so I didn’t make it down for the Adrien Broner fight, so he didn’t hear the comments.”
So we moved on to his feelings on outspoken boxers and his take on that, while mentioning that if he himself wasn’t outspoken on social media, and partially bully himself into this fight, he probably wouldn’t have gotten this fight in the 1st place against Canelo. Lara then responded, “Sometimes you definitely gotta express yourself because some people just don’t wanna fight. You gotta talk to push people into fights, but you also gotta see (or watch) how you do it and express yourself in the right way. Because obviously this is a sport for all races, not just 1 race, so you gotta respect everybody.”
In boxing, what the fans would pay to see rules all. Sometimes that isn’t the best thing, as boxers with high skill levels that are boring, like a Guillermo Rigondeaux, won’t be hyped as guys that may not have as high of a skill level, but they put on exciting fights, like an Andre Berto or Victor Ortiz. Some of the ways that boxers with lower entertainment values have tried to counter this is by forcing the top guy’s hand through social media. We’ve seen Robert Guerrero do it, Erislandy Lara do it, and currently Yuriorkis Gamboa is trying it with Mikey Garcia. To be honest, the champion doesn’t have much choice, because in such a macho sport, do you really want to be known as the champion who ducks?