If you haven’t already heard, Adrien Broner has pending felony warrants, two to be exact, and he is still set to fight Friday. Broner was pretty cocky Wednesday night at a press conference to promote his fight against opponent Ashley Theophane.
“I will be puttin’ on a show on Friday night and on Saturday night if he want to get up and fight again. I’m gonna keep my promise. I will stop him. I’m going to stop him. Listen, I can’t predict the future. I don’t know if it’s gonna be the first round or second, third or fourth. I don’t give a f— if it’s the eighth, I will stop you. And that’s my promise. I will stop this man.”
Many are confused as to why Broner will be permitted to fight Friday in lieu of his warrants for rest on felony assault and aggravated robbery charges in Ohio where he assaulted a man and stole $12,000 from him at gunpoint after losing a bet to the victim. Broner knocked the victim unconscious before robbing him.
If you don’t remember, just a couple of weeks ago a video went viral of Broner throwing money at a Walmart cashier that handed him his change when Broner taunted the cashier about handing him the change because he is so rich. This makes many wonder why Broner felt the need to rob a man for a mere $12,000.
At Wednesday’s press conference Broner decided to point out and criticize the fact that Floyd Mayweather wasn’t in attendance alongside Theophane. Mayweather responded to Broner’s antics in a recent interview with Fight Hype and stated:
Well, my thing is I put Ashley in a position to fight for a world title. I don’t know Ashley’s promoters from the past, but who put him in the position to fight for a world title? I feel like I’ve done my job by putting him in a position to fight for a world title. Adrien Broner, his nickname is “The Problem”. I think he has a lot of problems. Adrien Broner was just an alcoholic six months ago. One thing I’m trying to find out about Adrien broner, is he a boxing promoter, is he a rapper, is he a porn star, or is he a gangster? Like I said before, “The Problem”, that’s what Adrien Broner likes to call himself, if I’m not mistaken. The problem that he really needs to focus on is his problem in Cincinnati. We’re talking about “The Problem”, Adrien Broner. He still got Maidana problems that I had to solve for him. We heard him talking about that he wanted to fight Shawn Porter again. Why, when you lost 11 rounds? You only won the 12th round.
Mayweather didn’t hold back and hit everyone with facts when the interviewer referenced Broner’s comment to his company as “Hateweather Promotions”. Mayweather states:
It’s not always about the money, but a lot of times, with my lifestyle and my persona and everything else, money is always going to come up. He said “Hateweather Promotions”; I’m still trying to find out what AB stands for. Always broke? I mean, that’s what I thought AB stands for. Last year, I think Leonard made more money than Adrien Broner. He gave himself a 10-figure name: About Billions. We know he ain’t never seen 8 figures or 9 figures. He’s barely seen 7 figures. It could be safe to say that just one of my cars costs more than he made in his whole career.
It’s clear that Broner is a young fighter who has a lot to learn and doesn’t seem to be interested in playing his cards right. He’s recently been viewed by the public and his peers as a lose cannon and its been questionable if Broner can back up all of the talk he’s recently made. Mayweather shared his take on it and coined a new name for Broner, “Snake”:
These small-time fighters think they’re big because they got a couple necklaces, they run behind rap artists, a couple of videos go up on WorldStar, they made a couple dollars and they think they made it to the big league. If you think I’m bullshittin’, you can call Sam Watson and he will tell you how Adrien Broner would call his phone every day trying to get in touch with me. “Please put me in touch with Floyd. I really want to talk to him.” I think the best name for him is not “The Problem”, it’s “Snake”. The reason why is because of this, say a snake is hurt and sick. You nurture that snake, you help that snake, you give that snake medicine, and you get that snake back to 100%. As soon as you turn your back, a snake will bite you. Basically, when everyone always went out there and said negative things about Adrien Broner, I still had his back. Always! He called me the other day and I tried to give him some positive advice, and then as soon as I’m not looking or I don’t know what’s going on, what he’d do? He’s gonna bite me in the back.
Friday night’s show down between Broner and Theophane will prove to be an interesting one and will definitely be highly anticipated. One thing is for sure, Broner just may need to make a killing on Friday in order to bail himself out of jail for these charges.