Sunday, January 20, 2019

Adrien Broner wins again (no, not really)

Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win over Adrien Broner on January 19, 2019. Photo credit: German Villasenor
Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win over Adrien Broner on January 19, 2019. Photo credit: German Villasenor


So did we learn anything new in witnessing Adrien Broner's latest loss (by scores of 116-112 twice and 117-111) on Saturday night, this time to eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao? I'm not sure we were expecting a different result (at least most of us whom picked Pacquiao in confidence weren't) but Broner's post-fight denial certainly was original.

"I beat him. Everybody out there know I beat him." -  Adrien Broner

Even when Showtime's Jim Gray laid out Broner's punch deficiency, "The Problem" responded that he felt Gray was "against" him. I suppose anyone who wouldn't ride Broner's jock - before or after the fight - would be "against him."

This was demonstrated in the final press conference prior to the fight when Showtime's Al Bernstein invited comments from Broner prior to Broner and Pacquiao sharing one last face-off, other than the one they'd share at the official weigh-in. As we all know Broner's response was typically villainous and vitriolic, somewhat surprising Bernstein, a perennially professional and downright decent guy.

But we're built to expect this brand of behavior from Adrien Broner. We're expected to accept it as what the black hat usually brings to the table against the hero of the day, the heel, if you will. And if we rail against it or show disapproval, we get labeled as sensitive or easily offended. However if Broner is allowed such histrionics, aren't we allowed to react in kind?

Manny Pacquiao (right) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor
Manny Pacquiao (right) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor


That said, most pundits I know predicted a win for Pacquiao, 61-7-2 (39), one way or the other. I thought Pacquiao would administer the first stoppage loss of Broner's career but I was wrong and that's fine. But the consistency of Pacquiao's strategy and output were nonetheless satisfying.




"My performance talked for me." - Adrien Broner

Not really, as Gray indicated post-fight, in some rounds, Broner connected with fewer than eight punches. Then again, perhaps Broner's performance did talk for him, as it was uninspired and lazy, as Broner, 33-4-1 (24), has proven to be in every single one of his most serious challenges. To put this into perspective, Broner hasn't won a fight in almost two years, when he defeated Adrian Granados via split decision in February of 2017. That too was an uninspired victory.

Mind you, we're also expected to accept Broner's unspoken implication that he's some sort of Floyd Mayweather Jr. clone. We've seen the shoulder rolls. We've heard the half-assed racial epithets. For better or worse, we've begrudgingly absorbed the latter and appreciated the former from "Money May." However a bad copy is still a lousy bootleg, at best. And it's that trademark Broner laziness that comes out in the end. You can tell yourself over and over that the bare minimum effort will get you by but that D-minus will still be on your report card.

Manny Pacquiao (left) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor
Manny Pacquiao (left) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor


"They tryin' to get that money again with Pacquiao and Floyd." - Adrien Broner

No, it's more like "They tryin' to get that Adrien Broner money." This is why Broner's lazy "effort" is bought and paid for by those who bitch about paying $74.99 for a pay-per-view - right before paying $74.99 for a pay-per-view. Before, fans would pay hand over fist to see if Mayweather finally got his comeuppance. (He didn't.) Now Showtime Sports will happily charge you a small fortune because they KNOW you want to see Broner get his comeuppance. They're making fun of him AND using him at the same time - and he doesn't even realize it. Or perhaps he's not smart enough to realize it. This is why my tweet openly wondering what Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza and Paul Malignaggi thought about Broner's verbal abuse of Bernstein went unanswered.

"If you ask me, I feel like I won the fight." - Adrien Broner

If you ask Broner, he'll tell you he won every fight in which he's ever taken part. And that has everything to do with how many major titles he's won - on paper. But let's look back...

Broner won his first major title, the vacant WBO junior lightweight belt, against Vicente Rodriguez, by third round knockout, in November of 2011. Broner only made one successful defense before being stripped prior to his second defense for coming in three-and-a-half pounds over the 130 pound limit.

In November of 2012, Broner won the WBC lightweight title over Antonio DeMarco (TKO 8). He made only one defense before moving to 140 pounds.

In June of 2013, Broner beat the aforementioned Malignaggi by split decision for the WBA welterweight title. He lost it to Marcos Maidana in his first defense.

And in October of 2015, Broner beat Khabib Allakhverdiev by 12-round TKO for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title but was stripped of the title before his first defense, six months later, for coming in a half-pound over the weight limit.

But because we're force-fed alphabet titles on the regular, we're supposed to believe Broner's in-ring exploits have garnered him some sort of legendary status. Most importantly, he staunchly believes his own hype.

Manny Pacquiao (right) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor
Manny Pacquiao (right) vs. Adrien Broner. Photo credit: German Villasenor


"You're 3-3-1 in your last seven fights. What will you do next?" - Jim Gray

"I'm 3-3-1 in my last seven but I'll be 7-0 against you" - Adrien Broner

Damn straight. I'd bet serious coin that Broner would come out ahead in that series. I'll also predict that he'd deliver one helluva beating to my father-in-law. (He's in his eighties.)

So did we learn anything new in witnessing Adrien Broner's latest loss, this time to eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao?

Yes. We learned that somehow, Broner pulled off the victory.

Just kidding. No. No, we didn't.


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