This week at a media event leading up to Saturday nights clash with Paulie Malignaggi, we had a chance to hear from Adrien Broner who made comments about fighting in his opponent’s hometown, his trainer’s prediction, and his relationship with Floyd Mayweather, whom he calls his mentor.
When asked if Broner thought that Malignaggi would be more aggressive defending “his house” (referring to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center”” Broner responded with, “He could try, any man would try”. In the build up to this fight there has been much back and forth between the two men about a woman, whom it is said the men are to be fighting over, while Broner made several references to her, the conversation shifted to the bold prediction by Broner’s trainer Mike Stafford that the fight would end in a sixth round stoppage. “My coach knows what he is talking about, we are just going to show up” Broner, who hails from Ohio, is not the hometown kid in this matchup as he has been in other clashes in the ring but when asked how he is being received in Malignaggi’s hometown he replies that, “This might be his hometown but I am loved…they come up to me and say ‘that’s the guy who brushes his hair.’”
The conversation shifted yet again to a topic that seemed near and dear to Broner’s heart: his relationship with Floyd Mayweather. Broner said that there was not an amount of money that would make him fight the man known as Money. “It aint ever about money between me and my brother” he says, continuing “he is someone that I can relate to, I can talk to him about everything.” He recalls looking up to Mayweather from the young age of twelve years old, and it is ever apparent in his demeanor both inside and outside of the ring. One piece of advice that sticks out to Broner from Mayweather, he says, is “Keep doing what your doing he tells me I will take over boxing.”