Adrien Broner looking to overcome the odds against Manny Pacquiao
Adrien Broner talks about his upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao on Jan. 19. and proving himself on fight night.
Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24KOs) will have a big task on hand when he faces WBA welterweight champion and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39KOs) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 19. Pacquiao has been open to a rematch with with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs) and some view his fight against Broner as a stepping-stone to help him secure that fight.
“It ain’t irritating,” said Broner, of hearing the term stepping-stone. “S–t, it happens. In this fight, they say he’s (Pacquiao) the bigger name or whatever. He’s looking forward to have another fight with Floyd Mayweather. And to get to that, he gotta beat me. So it’s set up for it to be a stepping-stone, but s–t; ain’t it gonna climb this route.”
Broner has a charismatic persona and likes getting into the head of his opponents leading up to the fight. He had said that Pacquiao’s skills include “singing, promoting Hennessy and planking.” (Planking being a reference to when he was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.) Broner feels that this is just his character, although some members of the media have taken it another way.
“Ya ain’t never been for me,” said Broner. “None of y’all to be honest. I’m always the bad guy. It ain’t really trash talk, this is just me. If y’all just take the time out and just realize, ‘this is just him;’ then y’all wouldn’t take it so harsh. You know (what) I’m saying?”
Broner still looks to make the most out of this opportunity and prove himself against the legendary Pacquiao. Growing up, he lived in poverty and wants to be an inspiration for others who may find themselves living through a similar struggle.
“It’s just a dream come true,” said Broner. “I’m just trying to show the younger talent, the younger guys in Cincinnati and around the world that come from poverty, and the type of places that I come up; just to work hard and follow your dreams. And you can make it too.”