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Adrien Broner humps Marcos Maidana during fight (Video)

You know how we talk about Adrien Broner being desperate for attention? He’s so hungry for headlines and the spotlight that he’ll even break out a sex act in the ring while he’s losing a fight.

Broner was dropped for the first time in his career during the second round of his fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday in San Antonio. He deserved the knockdown after what he did to Maidana a minute earlier.

With about 15 seconds left in the first round, Broner slipped behind Maidana in the corner and pretended to hump him. The Showtime announcers couldn’t believe the disrespectful act, and the crowd began to boo and even flipped him off for what he did.

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A few minutes later, Maidana got even by flooring him.

Several rounds later, Maidana returned the favor by pretending to hump Broner:

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Adrien Broner: Floyd Mayweather is my big brother, mentor

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Adrien Broner freely admits that he is building himself in the image of Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he describes as a brother and mentor.

Broner is a flashy trash-talker who seeks attention in any way he can get it. Whether it’s by leaking sex tapes or fake proposing to his girlfriend after fights, Broner wants people to know who he is and pay attention to him so that they buy his fights.

Where did he get that business model from? Floyd, of course.

“Floyd Mayweather is like a big brother to me,” Broner said on Showtime’s All Access program leading up to his fight with Marcos Maidana. “He’s a mentor, he’s somebody I can talk to about anything. Floyd took boxing to the next level. For me to see that firsthand, it only made me want to try to match what he’d done, or go past that.”

Mayweather, who earlier in the year switched networks from HBO to Showtime, was interviewed for the program and confirmed Broner speaks to him frequently.

“Every day Adrien calls me and asks me about different things. He wants to become a pay-per-view star. He has the remedy, but he has to know when to turn it on and when to turn it off,” said Mayweather.

Mayweather seems to have his business in order and know when to turn it on and off (except for when it comes to his drama with Princess Love, though he might actually enjoy the headlines he receives for that gossip). What Broner needs to learn is which ways to create hype.

Talking about stealing someone’s girlfriend and turning her into the central focus of a fight is good for publicity. So is fake proposing. But burning money and leaking disgusting sex tapes of yourself probably is not what you want to do.

But as far as Broner’s ability to surpass Floyd, he’ll have to really step up his game in the ring first before he can come close to matching Mayweather. We will give him credit, though, because it sure looks like he has a knack for drawing attention.

Oscar De La Hoya out of rehab after three months

Oscar De La HoyaOscar De La Hoya is out of rehab after completing a 90-day stint at Cliffside Malibu, according to a report.

FOX News reported on Thursday that the former boxing star and current promoter was released about two weeks ago. De La Hoya announced in September just before the big Canelo Alvarez-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight that he was entering treatment.

He most notably has battled alcoholism and said he even went to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as frequently as six times a week. His latest round of rehab may have been sparked by someone shopping photos to media outlets of him on an allege cocaine bender

De La Hoya has been in rehab before, but the hope is that this time he has beaten his issues.

Muhammad Ali dodging 21 punches in 10 seconds is a fantastic GIF

Muhammad-Ali-dodging-punchesMuhammad Ali is arguably the greatest fighter to ever live. Tell you something you don’t know, right? In 1977, when Ali was nearing the end of his career, he fought 19-year-old Michael Dokes in a three-round exhibition. Ali was 35 at the time, and he made his young opponent look completely foolish.

At first glance, it almost looks like Dokes had Ali backed into a corner and was beating on him. But if you find yourself mesmerized by the GIF like I was and watch it 37 times, you realize Dokes didn’t land a single punch during that attempted assault. In fact, he missed with 21 punches in just 10 seconds.

And of course, Ali gave a little wiggle at the end to embarrass the youngster a bit more. Once again, we are reminded of why Jim Brown wisely abandoned his plan to fight Ali back in the 1960s.

H/T Reddit via Deadspin

Manny Pacquiao has big tax problems – owes IRS $18.3 million

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao continues to have major tax problems in both the US and Philippines.

TMZ reports that Pac-Man owes $18.3 million to the IRS for income earned from 2006-2010.

Here’s how the money owed breaks down for those years, according to TMZ:

2006: $1.16 million — fought twice in Las Vegas

2007: $2.03 — fought once in Vegas and once in Texas

2008: $2.86 million – fought three times in Las Vegas

2009: $8.02 million – fought twice in Las Vegas

2010: $4.23 million – fought twice in Texas

Pacquiao recently had to borrow money to give to charity to help Typhoon Haiyan victims because his bank accounts in the Philippines were frozen. The Philippines said he owed $50 million in taxes for 2008 and 2009, but Pacquiao’s team says that money has been paid. The government is waiting for concrete proof.

Pacquiao’s tax, and to a larger extent money problems, have been rumored to be the reason why he fought in China in his last fight. But things didn’t go as well as hoped for Top Rank Promotions, so promoter Bob Arum said Pac-Man’s next fight would be back in the US. Maybe by then, Pacquiao’s tax situation will be squared away. My guess is he doesn’t have the money to pay that off.

Paulie Malignaggi doesn’t have to worry about his girlfriend this time

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Paulie Malignaggi avoided the sideshow he experienced during his June fight with Adrien Broner in the lead up to his fight on Saturday against Zab Judah in Brooklyn.

Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) are both from Brooklyn and have a lot of respect for each other. There was little trash talked exchanged between them ahead of their big fight. That’s a huge contrast to what happened in June.

You may recall that Broner brought Malignaggi’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Corazon to press conferences ahead of their fight and even put her on the phone for reporters. He was claiming that he stole Corazon from Malignaggi.

Then, after winning a split decision, Broner boasted on live TV that he took Malignaggi’s belt and his girl. Malignaggi hilariously disputed the claim by saying Corazon was nothing more than his “sidepiece.” The back-and-forth exchange caught many people off guard:

Was Corazon just a prop in the whole thing used by Broner to drum up publicity for his fight? Or was he really with Corazon? It’s hard to say but, about a month later, Corazon seemed to have a new boyfriend. She also seemed to indicate she was paid to do what she did.

Here’s what she tweeted after the initial fight:

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Manny Pacquiao’s next fight likely to be against Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao Timothy BradleyManny Pacquiao is already making plans for an upcoming fight next year, and his next opponent is likely to be Timothy Bradley.

While promoter Bob Arum was making the rounds this week and telling everyone that Pac-Man vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to happen, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who helps promote Mayweather’s fights, says he hasn’t received a call from his rival promoter about setting up the match. Instead, Arum has actually listed three potential opponents for Pacquiao — none of whom are Mayweather.

Arum told ESPN’s Dan Rafael on Wednesday that Timothy Bradley, Ruslan Provodnikov, and a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez are possibilities for Pacquiao. He says the fight would likely be in April back in the US, which seems to be a sign that the experiment in China did not go as well as hoped.

In an interview with SI’s Chris Mannix, Arum indicated a rematch with Bradley is most likely.

“[Juan Manuel] Marquez isn’t going to fight him,” Arum told Mannix. “I’m not going to get on my knees to get Marquez to do it. Period, he isn’t going to fight him. So I have Bradley, Marquez and Ruslan Provodnikov. What I would like to do is if Pacquiao fights Bradley, have Ruslan fight Marquez. That would punish Marquez for refusing to fight Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao and Bradley are Top Rank Promotions fighters, while Marquez is promoted by Mexico-based Zafner Promotions and Arum’s Top Rank. That explains why the same opponents keep being mentioned for Pacquiao — Arum only likes having his fighters go against each other rather than setting up cards that include other promotions’ fighters.

But this actually isn’t a bad idea. I’m not sure how much intrigue there would be for a fifth installment of Pacquiao-Marquez after JMM destroyed Manny last time. And there is some unfinished business between Pac-Man and Bradley after Manny was robbed in a bad decision. Plus, with Bradley beating Marquez in October, there is more allure to him.

If Pacquiao and Bradley meet in Las Vegas in April and Arum sets up a proper promotional tour, I certainly think the fight would sell well. Being in China last time caused them to lose a lot of attention in the US.