Adrien “The Problem” Broner has been the black sheep of the boxing business for years, going against his mentors and dabbling in the music business, against popular advice, at the height of his career.
However, now after an up-and-down career and four professional losses, Broner is reaching out to Mayweather for a helping hand.
On an adorable social media post, Mayweather put up a video of himself shadow boxing with his young grandson, Kentrell Gauldin Jr., from his daughter Iyanna Mayweather and rapper NBA Youngboy.
When They Call You “Big Bro…”
Amid all the well-wishes from celebrities in sports and entertainment, Broner also left a message that was All About Billions he feels he hasn’t earned yet. He reached out to the man who made that much during his professional fighting career.
“Big bro this sh-t amazing I promise I think he will be one of the best just stay on him like yo father was on you …. Real talk and I miss you man I know we ain’t spoke in a while but honestly I think I need you the most right now when it come to this boxing Sh-t.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the most successful boxer-businessmen ever, has also brought younger boxers up. Through Mayweather Promotions and various entertainment ventures in the past, Mayweather has helped create millionaires and pathways to the middle class from his home base of Las Vegas, Nevada.
However, Broner was not one of them, even though many compared the two stylistically and image-wise during his early career as a four-division world champion. Broner has never been a part of Mayweather Promotions, instead creating his own enterprise in About Billions Promotions.
The two share an adviser, Al Haymon, and Broner fights under Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions banner. Along the way, Broner accused Mayweather of trying to place road blocks in his career but has constantly walked back comments, describing their relationship as big brother to little brother.
Mayweather has publicly credited Broner for introducing him to Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who became a star under the Mayweather Promotions banner. With Tank leading the pack in popularity and arena ticket sales, Broner hasn’t been feeling the love of the limelight he once had.
If you were Floyd Mayweather Jr would you help Adrien Broner? #boxing
— Marcus LosGreat (@glovesoffboxing) June 23, 2022
Now he is attempting to get back into the Mayweather orbit.
In early 2021, Broner reached out to “Money” for an exhibition match. At the time, Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) posted a bank balance of $13 on social media, furthering his case to get a high-level fight of any kind.
“That time Floyd promised me a sparring session s*** we might as well put on an exhibition the world would pay to see that work big bro,” said Broner on Instagram.
“Why not make $30-50 million for some good work? You call me yo Lil bro. Let’s make the money together, and you can teach me at the same time. The least you can do is give me the opportunity of a lifetime @floydmayweather #BigBro #🆎 #TMT.”
Mayweather didn’t bite. Instead, he promoted an exhibition bout against Logan Paul in June 2021.
Broner announced earlier this month he is returning to the ring after a long layoff on July 23 in Chicago, although the date and location have not been revealed. Omar Figueroa Jr. is the opponent, according to Broner’s Instagram post, and the two are expected to meet in a welterweight bout.
“This sh!t was [supposed] to happen years ago,” Broner captioned. “But I ain’t complaining. See y’all in [Chicago].”
Broner needs a win and a chance to reclaim his lost attention. Appealing for Mayweather’s help is a signal that “The Problem” is running out of steam as a professional boxing product.