Take it away Adrien.
“Of course if he’s around [I would face him],” said Broner, who wasn’t quite done yet. “I don’t really see him staying around much longer. I don’t know why he would do that. That would be dumb. Everyone knows that age catches up to everyone, that there’s always a young lion out there. That’s too dangerous. I don’t think he would do that.”
And then came this gem.
“I’m 23 and I have a lot to work on, but at 23, I would have kicked his ass,” Broner sneered, with the obvious inference that the then 35-year-old version of Floyd Mayweather would be no match for him. “I do what he does now”.
No you don’t.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s all that wrong either. Watching Floyd disassemble Canelo last week like a he was playing with Lego’s, was quite different from Broner’s competitive checkers win over Paulie Malignaggi. But as Paulie delivered repeatedly during their raunchy promotion, Adrien Broner has seemed to try and literally “become” Floyd Mayweather.
Not too much gets past Mayweather, and neither did those remarks at that time- or now.
There was actually precedent to what Broner had to say that may have prompted him to be so bold. According to reports from credible sources in Las Vegas, the two of them sparred sometime last summer for about 3 rounds and Broner was dominant.
But this would be like comparing Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in an all-star game.
Floyd’s own assessment of Broner after the Malignaggi fight was very telling. He compared the two of them to Mr. Miyagi vs. “Danielsan”, with him of course being Miyagi.
The fight itself would probably be similar in style and substance to a classic version of Michael Jordan, opposite a vintage Kobe Bryant in circa 1998. Whereas Jordan, at 35, was not nearly as athletic as his young apprentice, he was still able to master him through mental manipulation and subtlety.
Mayweather, showing a polish and poised mastery of even his former self last week, would probably get hit like never before by the more offensive Broner. But Floyd, the consummate thinker, would find a hole in the heavy-footed and more statuesque Broner, and make it bigger each round until he subdued him via UD.
That said I expect to Broner hand in a fax copy of Floyd’s videogame-like mugging of the late Arturo Gatti, when he faces Marcos Maidana in December. Irritated by his performance against Malignaggi, he may show such an immense display of skills and firepower, that he just may have the hand that dooms Mayweather in the ultimate game of poker.
But I doubt it.
I don’t know that there’s genuine interest in a Danny Garcia bout, and you have to wonder whether Floyd’s thin crop of choices remaining makes this thing doable for next May. I think it’s the best fight Showtime or Golden Boy can offer the public, especially considering how much fun it would be to watch or listen to the promotional tour.
Pending what happens before the year ends (particularly Pacquiao/Rios); a possible Mayweather vs. Broner bout is an interesting option fans would buy.
Think about it- Adrien Broner didn’t come to 147lbs for nothing. Al Haymon may actually be lining this bout up. Plus- Floyd Mayweather never watches a fighter at ringside for nothing.
It’s a fight between two fighters you may more or less hate, so you can therefore rest assured that one of them might get their ass beat. Or even ( if you're a part of this buying group of the public) the fabulously remote possibility they’d beat each other up.