COMMENTARY | In his most recent publicity grab, Adrien Broner proved to the world that he wouldn't let good taste and common sense get in the way of his drive to become the world's best Floyd Mayweather caricature.
Taped in Miami, home of his recent arrest for battery, the 23-year-old WBC lightweight champ would record a video that, in less than seven minutes, managed to highlight a pitiful case of wretched excess, a possible federal offense, and a dangerous lack of self-awareness.
As to be expected whenever Broner is in front of a camera, the two-division world champ would quickly whip out a couple of fat stacks of hundred dollar bills, thumbing through the cash and tossing the bills to the floor of his high rise apartment balcony while waxing poetic about how awesome he is.
But much to Broner's dismay, somebody had snuck three twenty dollar bills into his stack of hundreds.
"...I don't carry other bills. If it ain't Benjamin or Franklin or Benjamin Franklin...I ain't carrying that," Broner said. "Let me show you what I do to these little [expletives] right here. I don't keep these bills."
The Cincinnati native would immediately drop his stack of Franklins and march off to the bathroom with the three offending "little" bills in hand.
Reaching his destination, Broner ripped the 20 dollar bills into pieces, tossing them into the toilet, and flushing away the legal tender. Whoosh. There goes a soup kitchen's entire daily food budget or school shoes for at least four underprivileged children. But it's okay. Broner is chuckling up a storm and convinced that his acting up on social media is downright charming. Plus, he's rich -- in case you didn't already know.
Boxing history is full of rich fighters charming the heck out of their personal crew of yes men and professional hangers on. However, none of those champions of wretched excess kept their money over the long haul. A fighter's career is short, his overhead tends to be high, and the business of the sport is not designed with the best interest of the boxer in mind. In boxing, much like in the real world, it's usually those who know how to administrate money that wind up keeping it. Just ask Mike Tyson, who at one time was feeding hundreds of pounds of prime rib to his pet tiger while ordering bottles of champagne that would just as likely get smashed on the floor than served to guests. The former "Baddest Man on the Planet" is now touring the country, spilling his guts in a one-man play in order to pay the IRS taxes he still owes.
But Broner won't be paying attention to history or to common sense anytime soon. He's still young with the possibility of a long career ahead of him. It took Floyd Mayweather 11 long years of struggling and working his way up the ladder before being able to act stupidly with his money. Broner is well ahead of the curve in that area and not likely to receive a comeuppance in the near future.
Next up for "Baby Bro" is feather-fisted WBA welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi. While Broner will be moving up two weight classes to face Malignaggi, he'll still be the heavy betting favorite coming into the bout and won't likely sustain any real physical damage in the outing. After that, who knows? Broner will have successfully jumped over the den of vipers at junior welterweight and could make a tidy sum of money for quite awhile picking on aging names and paper champs at 147.
But time has a way of being the great equalizer in any life -- even one as awesomely awesome as Broner's. It's already obvious that the young man doesn't quite have a clear grasp of reality. Unless some miraculous talent for clear-headed thinking and introspection suddenly pops out from underneath his massive ego, Adrien Broner is on a collision course with reality. And reality has yet to lose a fight.
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.
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