Adrien Broner refuses to take questions from Al Bernstein at press conference
Adrien Broner got personal at his press conference on Wednesday and refused to take questions from a specific boxing commentator.
Broner and Manny Pacquiao met with the media ahead of their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday in Las Vegas. Al Bernstein, a veteran boxing commentator who serves as an analyst for Showtime, was serving as a moderator of sorts. He stood at the podium asking some questions, but was rebuffed when he tried asking Broner some questions.
Broner repeatedly told Bernstein “I don’t f— with you.” He said Bernstein talked too much s— about him on Twitter.
“I already feel like you against me. I’d rather Roy Jones or Stephen A. Smith ask me some questions,” Broner said.
The behavior from Broner was unprofessional, but within character. The 29-year-old fighter has constantly been in trouble with the law, though he’s always good at generating attention and publicity, which helps sell fights. Acts like this help create more buzz and is part of the show for him.
As for what Berstein has said about him – nothing too bad seems to stick out, though he’s been critical of Broner’s behavior in the past when necessary.
Now Broner has to face his biggest challenge–staying out of jail.
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) April 2, 2016
So, three things we might have expected from main event tonight were 1. A distance fight, 2. A close fight and 3. Boorish behavior from Broner. All three came to pass.
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) April 22, 2018
One statement made by Broner post fight was absurd. ":This was easy for me." Um, no, it wasn't.
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) February 19, 2017
I felt really bad losing a boxing match as an AMATEUR. Hell, I felt bad about losing Little League games. Broner doesn't seem to care at all
— Al Bernstein (@AlBernstein) June 21, 2015
Bernstein, who works for the network that is televising the fight on pay-per-view, seemed to take things in stride like a pro.