Wednesday, February 24, 2016

If Only Adrien Broner Boxed Like He Talks

It's hard to imagine Broner playing to packed houses at the rate he's going

So I was watching Conor McGregor today step up to face his last minute opponent (I'm not really an MMA fan, so I don't know what the guy's name was) and I was once again struck by how bold the Irishman is. While it's true I think McGregor comes across like a Euro Mayweather, there's no doubt the guy brings energy into a room.

Again, I'm no MMA fan, but I know who McGregor is and the attention he's getting. Truth be told, McGregor had better be half as good as he's being hyped as or he's in some trouble. Ronda Rousey is a case in point. Then again, so is boxing's own Adrien Broner.

Ah, Broner.

Remember how just over two short years ago he was the next Mayweather? The pound for pound kingpin? The very future of the sport? Yeah, it's becoming hazy for all of us. Thing is, it's kind of too bad Broner didn't live up to expectations.

Had he been all he was hyped up to be, boxing might be in a more exciting place than it is right now. Seriously, we're at a point where fans are jumping up and down over two guys who aren't even the best of their respective weight realm (yes, I'm talking Frampton and Quigg).

Of course, there's still a chance Broner can prove himself, but people are rightfully starting to have their doubts. Perhaps he'll never live up to his potential. Or perhaps he already has. One thing is certain, however. Had Broner boxed like he talked, fans of the sweet science might well have been spared the psychological hibernation they now find themselves in. It's all too bad, really.

Oh well, at least there's Tyson Fury to take up the mantle of pound for pound loudmouth.

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