Broner Confident, Angry Ahead of Garcia Fight
Mikey Garcia was surprised by how friendly Adrien Broner was toward him last month during the press conference in Manhattan to officially announce their fight.
Broner was much more ornery Thursday when the fighters participated in a conference call to promote their 12-round, 140-pound showdown July 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Showtime). The former four-division champion said, “F*** the press,’ and talked three times about wanting to hang up during a question-and-answer session with reporters.
“My main focus is just getting in the best shape I can so I can go f*** Mikey up,” Broner said. “And that’s it. It’s nothing personal. It’s the hurt business and I know he’s definitely trying to come hurt me. But I’m coming to f*** him up and I ain’t with all the bullsh*t. I’m really ready to get off this motherf***ing phone, for real. I feel like we’re too close right now and I feel like punching him in his f***ing face. But hurry up with y’all questions. I’m ready to hang up on y’all.”
The 29-year-old Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), of Oxnard, California, is nearly a 3-1 favorite over Broner, even though Garcia, the WBC lightweight champion, is moving up from 135 pounds to 140 for their fight. Cincinnati’s Broner (33-0, 24 KOs, 1 NC) is moving down from 147 pounds to 140 to box Garcia, but he has competed at or around 140 pounds for most of the past three years.
Garcia is just happy Broner has taken training for their fight seriously and is in fight mode with a little less than a week to go before they square off.
“That’s great,” Garcia said. “That just means it’s gonna be a better fight. I don’t wanna have a fight against an unfocused, untrained, out-of-shape Adrien Broner. That takes away all the credit. He seems to be ready to get in the ring now. And that’s actually – I love that because when we were at the press conference, he was being a little too friendly and we ain’t friends. We’re definitely not friends on Saturday night, the 29th, so that’s exactly the Adrien Broner I wanna hear.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene