Whoever said, “Any publicity is good publicity,” surely said it to Adrien Broner.
I could have asked Adrien Broner about why he flushed $20 bills down the toilet on YouTube. I could have inquired just what possessed him to dip down on a knee at center ring and demand an arena’s silence just to ask his girlfriend, “Can you brush my hair?” But instead I questioned him about the famous controversy over him stealing one of his opponent’s girlfriends.
After stealing a decision from welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi last year, Broner boasted of stealing the slick Brooklyn boxer’s girlfriend. “I’m good,” he told Showtime interviewer Jim Gray. “I beat Paulie. I left with his belt and his girl.”
The sore-winner antics led to a bizarre scene in which an emotional Malignaggi–Is there any other kind?–warned the man he just fought about such boasts. “Don’t brag about taking my sidepiece,” he yelled. “Don’t brag about taking my sidepiece. That’s my sidepiece.”
For the uninitiated, Urban Dictionary defines “sidepiece” as “a girl on the side, a girl you call up at 2 a.m. and she knows what’s up.” The “sidepiece” in question, Jessica Corazon, who surely appears worth looking at, appears with both fighters here.
So, with Malignaggi waiting to take on Shawn Porter in the ring Saturday night–Malignaggi fought as a warrior in losing in dramatic knockout fashion in an exciting four-round scrap–I couldn’t help but ask a backstage bearded blinged-out Broner about his former foe and the “sidepiece” controversy. “Ah, no, no, no, no, no–we don’t even comment on that,” Broner explained. “Me and Paulie laugh about that.” He said he’d like to fight Malignaggi, who lost a decision to Broner many thought he won, again.
Broner fights Carlos Molina in the co-feature of the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana card on May 3. He looks to rebound from a decisive loss to Maidana and get scribes again more interested in his boxing than his antics.