Broner: Floyd took my easy work [Guerrero]
By Eric Thomas: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner sounded a little disappointed last night after watching his good friend WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KO’s) ad his 44th win of his career in beating Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) in a 12 round unanimous decision victory in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Broner and Guerrero already had bad blood between them, and Broner was counting on getting the chance to expose Guerrero and get a nice little payday in doing so. The two fighters had a twitter war going on last year, and Guerrero got in Broner’s face when the two fighters met up outside the ring at a function.
Broner said last night to esnewsreporting.com “Easy money. He [Mayweather] took my easy work, but that’s okay. A.B. is going to get some of that easy money after Paulette.”
It might still be interesting to see a fight between Broner and Guerrero this year. It’s a fight that can easily be made due to Golden Boy promoting both fighters and it would be like watching a slightly smaller, much younger version of Floyd facing Guerrero.
I think the fight would bring in good ratings on Showtime if they staged it in September on the Mexican holiday.
Broner won’t get the same kind of easy money that Mayweather got, though, because he pulled in $32 million for last nights’ easy work of Guerrero.
Broner will likely get a little more than $1 million for his fight with WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) next month in their fight on June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
For Broner to get the big, big money, he’s going to have to get some higher profile opponents like Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Lucas Matthysee, Devon Alexander and Lamont Peterson. Beating those guys would likely turn Broner into a pay per view star, but beating just one of them won’t do the trick.
It’s not like Mayweather who turned into a PPV star after beating the incredibly famous Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. Broner doesn’t have a guy that can turn him into an instant super star. He has to get to that level by accumulating victories over good fighters and he’s got to look good in doing so.
One way for Broner to take a short cut to superstardom would be for him to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Austin Trout. If he could beat those two guys while giving up lots of weight, he could get to the rop a lot faster than just facing light welterweights and welterweights.
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