Adrien Broner admits he’s going to need to bring the entertainment value alongside a solid performance against John Molina this weekend.
After a couple lackluster performances (on the excitement meter) against Carlos Molina and Emmanuel Taylor, Adrien Broner knows he’s going to have to bring the entertainment if he’s to break out as a superstar on network television – a notion which is precisely the point of bringing major boxing fights back to network television.
“Entertainment is everything,” Broner says over the phone.
“I’m definitely not just a professional boxer, I’m a professional entertainer as well and I’m always here to put on a show.”
‘The Show’ is a major part of Broner’s allure, or part of the reason some people despise him, depending on your point of view. Regardless of which of those categories you fall under, Broner’s divisive persona tends to brings the audience out. His biggest potential pitfall, however, has always been this very same issue of not letting ‘The Show’ get in the way of taking care of business in the ring. None of the antics he came up with in the Maidana fight served him any good that night, so once the bell rings he really needs to be about business (no ‘AB’ tagline pun intended – but perhaps it should’ve been).
“It means a lot to fight on NBC,” Broner explains. “I can get some new fans and hopefully I can get more people to like me than dislike me.”
“I’m not expecting the fight to go 12 rounds but if it does I will be prepared for it,” Broner says. “But hopefully I get this fight over with fast because in this game you don’t get paid for overtime.”
Broner has already taken his first career lump, but he’s young and talented enough to overcome that and still turn himself into a mainstream attraction. And what better opportunity to do that than in front of a widespread viewing audience versus a fan friendly action fighter.
“I am Mr. NBC and I’ll be on NBC all this year,” he says. “Four times you will see me in the ring on NBC and I’ll fight anybody who is willing to grab that rope and hang themselves.”