Adrien Broner is known for talking a great game, talking up a fight, and keeping himself in the spotlight at all times. For some, it’s a wonder that after a few losses, he remains one of boxing’s biggest TV draws. But he is, and on Jan. 19, he gets a shot at Manny Pacquiao on Showtime pay-per-view.
Broner, 29, is coming at this one from something of a different angle, though. He says it’s not about money, but about winning — plain and simple — against a legend.
“I am coming to win. Screw the money, I’m going to be victorious,” he said at Tuesday’s press conference in Hollywood.
“They keep talking about a Pacquiao-Mayweather 2, but I’m going to mess those plans up. I just don’t see Manny Pacquiao beating me. He’s still in great condition. He’s trained his ass off. I have to keep my composure and stay focused on my game plan. But I’m not going to tell you what that plan is.
“Hope isn’t my strategy – there will be no luck. I feel like he can’t beat me. Look at my résumé – what do I do to southpaws? I stop them. Going into this fight, I’m very confident. I’m going to do what I always do to southpaws and dismantle him.”
If Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO) does pull off what would be an upset against Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO), then it would be without question the biggest win of his career.
And if there is a plan to get to Mayweather-Pacquiao II, maybe — just maybe — if AB knocks off Manny, he could find himself across the ring from the man he once saw as his mentor.