Adrien Broner: 500,000 reasons to make weight vs. Mikey Garcia
NEW YORK — Adrien Broner has 500,000 reasons to make weight vs. Mikey Garcia.
That’s because Broner said there’s a $500,000 penalty in the contract if he comes in overweight for his highly anticipated 140-pound clash against Garcia, scheduled for July 29 in Brooklyn on Showtime.
“Everybody be like, ‘Is he gonna make weight?’ The weight’s not a problem,” Broner (33-2, 24 knockouts) said. “You know, I haven’t made weight lately because for what? They gonna pay me the same if I fight at ’44? Then f— yeah, I’m gonna fight at ’44! And then everybody be making a big deal about it when, on paper, it says ’44 and I make ’44, and they’re like, ‘Oh, he’s overweight.’ Like, s—, I made weight. Look at the paper.”
The 27-year-old is referring to his catchweight bout against Shawn Porter in June 2015, when Broner was dominated, save for a 12th-round knockdown. Last February he was set to face Adrian Granados in a 140-pound fight, but the weight was moved seven pounds north a month out at the request of Broner’s camp. Broner won by split decision.
“The Problem” last weighed in under the junior welterweight limit for a vacant title fight against Khabib Allakhverdiev in November 2015. Broner then lost that belt at the scale for his win over Ashley Theophane in April 2016.
“Now I got a reason to make 140, you know? Because we ain’t about to pay the man to put these hands on,” Broner said. “They talking about giving up half-a-million if I don’t make weight. Y’all ain’t think I’m gonna make weight? I ain’t got a dollar to give to nobody right now.
“All my baby mamas and kids, man, y’all be crazy! S—! Listen man, I’m definitely training my ass off, man. And I think this will be one of the best performances of my career and I think this will take me to the superstardom, where I need to be.”
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger