By Keith Idec
LAS VEGAS – Adrien Broner's memory of his initial negotiations to fight Manny Pacquiao differs from Bob Arum's account.
Broner said during a press conference on Wednesday that Arum offered him $ 2 million to fight Pacquiao, when Arum's Top Rank Inc. was still the promoter of the Filipino superstar. Broner joked, "F *** him," in reference to what the former four-division champion claims Arum offered him.
Arum has told BoxingScene.com several times that he offered Broner a $ 4 million guarantee to oppose Pacquiao.
Pacquiao, 40, remains the "A" side in promoting his fight on Saturday night, but several sources have confirmed that Broner's guarantee is more than $ 4 million for his welterweight title fight. of 12 rounds. Pacquiao is expected to earn substantially more than Broner because Al Haymon adviser had to pay him generously to lure Pacquiao into a long-term commitment to the Haymon Premier Boxing Champions.
Broner, 29, will make a payday to face Pacquiao, although he settled for a draw with Jessie Vargas in his last fight. Pacquiao defeated Vargas in November 2016.
Cincinnati Broner Still Feels Disrespectful
"I feel everyone is trying to throw the wolves there, because we think about that," Broner said Wednesday at the David Copperfield Theater of MGM Grand. "Look at my last five fights, right? I fought the world champion after the world champion after the world champion after the world champion, and then these other thugs, they like it," Okay, he's the world champion, but he will go there and fight with his badistant. " But I thought: I just saw these two mothers together yesterday. Are you fighting Saturday? This is not right, man. "But it's okay, I'm not beating down, I do not give a shit, I do not care if he's an eight-time world champion in all his weight and shit categories, I do not care about that.
"All that worries me is that, if my money is right, we could have a good fight." I said that to Bob Arum, but he just wanted to give me about $ 2 million. But I said: & # 39; F *** him. & # 39; So, this time, you know, so this time they're talking a lot better. The correct numbers So, let's have a great fight. I trained and I just want everyone to know that I play a lot. But when the bell rings, however, I will be ready. And I will not come to lose. I have not come to bed, man. I'm here to get this victory. Honest chat Man, that's a real talk. I love you all."
Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) is more than a 2-1 loser against Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs). The challenger will try to regain the WBA welterweight world title he once had against the powerful southpaw of the Philippines.
The Pacquiao-Broner bout will headline a four-fight pay-per-view television broadcast of Showtime on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show will start at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and it costs $ 74.99 to watch HD through most cable and satellite operators.
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. You can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.