Floyd Mayweather may be Adrien Broner's "big brother," but it seems there's a chance that that relationship may wear thin sooner than later, as Broner recently turned down an offer from Mayweather to go on the press tour with him for Floyd's September 14 fight against Canelo Alvarez, much like Mayweather once turned down advice from Sugar Ray Leonard.
Though Floyd says he understands that young guys are young and have to learn, his father and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr isn't so sure, and believes there's a chance the two could fight.
"There can always be something there that makes you fight," Mayweather Sr. said. "You say you ain't gonna do this, you ain't gonna do that. Let something go wrong. Let Broner say something wrong that Floyd don't like."
This is something that has come up on our site before, too. Friendships and business relationships in boxing are a fragile thing, and with fighters and their egos -- Mayweather and Broner both having big'uns -- there's no reason to dismiss the possibility of Mayweather-Broner down the road, even if they say for now that the fight won't ever happen because they're like family.
Floyd Sr also took shots at Broner, saying he'll follow in Andre Berto's footsteps of trying to imitate Floyd and falling short against real competition:
"Another one it's going to happen to, as soon as he gets the right man in his face, is Broner," Mayweather Sr. said. "Broner, so far, so good. He's doing it the best of anyone else that's did it. But then, also, he's had stiffs in front of him. He hasn't had no real fighter in front of him, man.
"When he gets somebody real in front of him, he's going to forget all about the roll. The roll won't even be there, believe me. The roll won't be there, none of that other stuff - picking off, catching, rolling - you won't see none of that."
In short, it doesn't seem like Floyd Sr is all that enamored of Broner (27-0, 22 KO), and really, even a lot of Broner's biggest (rational) supporters and fans had to check themselves after seeing his performance against Paulie Malignaggi, which left a lot of questions that rehearsed catchphrases and videos of taking a dump in Popeye's just couldn't answer.
Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO) is 36 years old, while Broner is 24. But Floyd also has four fights remaining on his Showtime contract after his fight with Alvarez, and while Golden Boy certainly has enough guys to filter in there to face him -- Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysse, and Devon Alexander are all possible in the near future -- Broner could potentially be the most marketable fight of all if he keeps winning and there does wind up some sort of personal fracture between the two of them. The trash talking would be off the charts. It would be, in its way, a really rare student vs pupil sort of fight, possibly with a personal issue (that's the only way they'd fight, I'm guessing), and if you get those fan bases to start taking sides, you've got a big seller. We'll see. But never say never.