ADRIEN BRONER-PAULIE MALIGNAGGI PRESS CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY
When WBA welterweight titleholder Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) and rising WBC lightweight titleholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) participate in Saturday’s morning press confrence at the MGM Grand to formally announce their June 22 meeting at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza expects some verbal fireworks.
That’s because last Friday in Brooklyn, at the weigh-in for Garcia-Judah, Broner and Malignaggi engaged in two separate obscenity-laced verbal altercations in full view of the media camera crews.
“I think that we’ll be doing that in the media room. Those two guys are two — on the list of pound-for-pound talker in the sport — I think Adrien and Paulie are top five,” said Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime sports.
“So, if we didn’t set a time limit on that press conference, it might go all day and night. We should sell tickets. We should sell that as a pay per view. That’s going to be more entertaining than just about anything on television.”
On Wednesday, during the final press conference for Mayweather-Guerrero, Guerrero’s father and trainer, Ruben Guerrero, and Mayweather’s father and trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., also traded obscenity-laced barbs with with the elder Guerrero calling the Mayweathers “woman beaters.”
“Ruben always has something up his sleeve, but I didn’t expect that it was going to be that. He’s unpredictable. He’s always looking to spice things up. It’s a little bit similar to Danny Garcia [and his father and trainer] Angel [Garcia.] Not exactly the same,” said Espinoza.
“But you can look at it and say, whether it’s intentional or not, that maybe the dad’s are trying to take a little of the pressure off of their sons. Sometimes, you’ll see that in college basketball. You’ll see coaches getting a technical to take the attention away from the players, or saying something crazy before a game. It might just be his personality. Who knows? But it’s fun to watch.”
On a scale of 1-to-10, which rates higher — Broner-Malignaggi or Ruben Guerrero-Floyd Mayweather Sr.?
“I actually think that Broner-Malignaggi is more confrontational, because those guys don’t warm up to it,” said Espinoza. “Floyd Sr. and Ruben sort of build and build, and Adrien and Paulie just go at it all the way up from a volume of 10 from the jump.”
ATHLETES WEIGH IN ON MAYWEATHER-GUERRERO
Terry Bradshaw, NFL Hall of Fame QB who’ll be performing at The Mirage in June (Mayweather): “Mayweather is a proud fighter who wants to remain undefeated. He knows how to win big fights…and he won’t lose a fight in Vegas.”
Marlon Byrd, New York Mets Outfielder (Mayweather): “Floyd’s going to knock him out in the eighth round.”
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies Forward (Mayweather): “Because his record is 1,000-0 and he will NOT lose. Floyd by knockout in the sixth round.”
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors Guard/Forward (Mayweather): “Floyd might have to work a little bit, but at the end of the day Floyd is going to be Floyd and finish him off. He wins by eighth-round knockout.”
Braylon Edwards, NFL Wide Receiver (Mayweather): “Never bet against Floyd.”
Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees Outfielder (Mayweather): “I have to say Floyd’s going to keep that zero in the loss column.”
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder (Mayweather): “Floyd by decision. He’s too fast for Guerrero.”
Kevin Krigger, Jockey of Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby (Mayweather): “I’ve seen some of Guerrero’s fights and he didn’t impress me that much.
He didn’t look like a guy who could beat Mayweather. It depends on what Mayweather wants to do with him. He might want to use him to prepare for his next fight. Mayweather will win by knockout in the sixth.”
Andrew McCutchen, Pittburgh Pirates Outfielder (Mayweather): “It will be a good fight and it will go the 12-round distance, but in the end, Mayweather will be victorious by a unanimous decision.”
Shabazz Muhammad, Former UCLA Basketball Guard/Forward (Mayweather): “Floyd knocks him out in the fifth.”
Jermaine O’Neal, Phoenix Suns Center (Mayweather): “Floyd will be a little rusty to start the fight off because of the long layoff, but will pick-up a lot of steam around the third round. Then he will begin to beat Guerrero up and ultimately knock him out by the sixth.”
Doug O’Neill, Trainer of Goldencents Santa Anita Derby winner and one of the top contenders in the May 4 Kentucky Derby (Mayweather): “Floyd is an experienced, cagey veteran. He will find Guerrero’s weaknesses and win by fifth-round knockout.”
Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers Forward (Mayweather): “Mayweather will rally late in the fight to win a decision, eight rounds to four.”
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens Running Back (Mayweather): “By the eighth round, Mayweather will have worn him out and will capitalize with a knockout.”
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback (Mayweather): “I think it’ll be a good fight, but Money always makes the right adjustments so I don’t see him losing. Floyd wins a unanimous 12-round decision.”
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers Guard (Mayweather): “Hardwork and dedication are the keys. I spent some time with Floyd in Las Vegas last year and he is the hardest-working athlete I’ve ever seen. I can’t see him losing now or ever. He wins by fifth-round technical knockout.”
Maalik Wayns, Los Angeles Clippers Guard (Mayweather): “Floyd Money Mayweather is the greatest of all time. Enough said. Fourth-round technical knockout.”
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers Forward (Mayweather): “Mayweather is too fast for Guerrero and will win a 12-round decision.”
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