COMMENTARY | The wild ride of Adrien Broner continues and luckily (or unluckily) a camera was once again present to capture all the goings on.
When the current WBC lightweight champion isn't flushing twenty dollar bills down the toilet or engaging in lewd acts with a stripper in a $15,000 "make-it-rain" session, he deals with every day life just like the rest of us-- except with an entourage of yes men, stacks of cash, and a camera phone perpetually pointed in his direction.
Recently, Broner turned a trip to the DMV for a license renewal into another giggle-fest aimed at showing the world that his life is a big ol' batch of awesomeness and that, yeah, he's rich.
The Cincinnati native begins the YouTube video stuck with being #85 with still ten spots to go before he can get to the front of the line. "The Problem" then begins to hold an impromptu auction at the DMV, initially offering $150 to change numbers with whoever is next in line.
After a short while with no takers, the amount is upped to $200 and the woman who holds #80 quickly accepts the offer. The money is handed over, the numbers are switched, and Broner walks straight up to the front of the line.
And thus closes another chapter in the excruciatingly well-documented life of the 23-year-old two-division world champ and undisputed heir to the "Money" Mayweather top boxing villain throne. Actually, by "Baby Bro" standards, it was a fairly innocuous video, especially when compared to the cringe-worthy strip club video, which had to have many viewers reaching for mouthwash out of reflex.
If there was anything even remotely boxing-related in this most recent six minute video, it was the fact that Broner referred to himself on several occasions as "Mr. HBO," something that may contradict things we have heard about a well-publicized split between HBO and Broner's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions.
Broner has been a featured player on HBO, with eight of his last nine bouts taking place on the premium cable network. However, HBO's decision to distance themselves from Golden Boy, along with Broner's upcoming bout against Showtime color commentator (and WBA welterweight titlist) Paulie Malignaggi pretty much guaranteed that the young champion would be taking his services to HBO's chief premium cable competitor. As a matter of fact, earlier this week, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer clearly stated that the Broner-Malignaggi welterweight contest will headline a June 22 Showtime card.
The fact that Broner is still referring to himself as "Mr. HBO" likely has no significance beyond the fact that the name suits his ego and it's something he simply likes to call himself.
In other Broner-related news, Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya has gone on record as saying that Broner, regardless of what happens against Malignaggi in June, will likely drop down to junior welterweight after the bout to meet some of the challenges coming from the jam-packed 140 lb. class.
Broner, who will be jumping two divisions in his bid for the WBA welterweight belt, was widely criticized for choosing to skip over a junior welterweight division that promised to provide him with many tough, legacy-defining bouts against the likes of Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Lucas Matthysse, and Amir Khan.
"Broner, he wants to fight the best," De la Hoya recently told Boxingscene. "He wants to fight the best and he's going to fight the best. There's no doubt about it. He just wants to make news, skip a couple weight classes and challenge a champion there. So do I see Broner going back down to 140? Yes, absolutely."
If and when Broner gets down to business and faces the murderer's row waiting for him at 140, the critics will have no choice but to cut him some slack. And, then, he can make as many silly videos as he likes.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
Sources: YouTube, Boxingscene
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