BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Adrien Broner on Tuesday told a Bill Cosby date rape joke, stereotyped Asians and African Americans and took pot shots at Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao during a promotional event in advance of their welterweight fight Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.
Informed that Pacquiao said he has the secret way to knock out Broner, Broner replied, “Oh, he must’ve been talking to Bill Cosby.”.
Broner followed that up by saying Pacquiao drinks and promotes Hennessy cognac, “(expletive) his money up, (expletive) up his taxes” and, with spectators at the press conference starting to boo Broner, he made a racial reference to Pacquiao.
Earlier in the day at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, site of the media event, Broner indicated he thinks the low blows, crude jokes and pot shots are part of his job during the buildup of the Showtime pay-per-view bout.
“I got to be the one that sells the fight,” said Broner. “His English isn’t that well, you know. Isn’t that good. All he do is smile and say one word at a time. So I got to sell the fight.”.
Perhaps with that in mind, Broner also:.
— Called Pacquiao “one of the best ever. He did something that no one ever did in the game, you know, under something.” Broner started to laugh, apparently having referred to unsubstantiated allegations that Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.
— Pronounced: “I said it once and I’ll say it again, after I beat Pacquiao, I think my next fight will be against Tom Brady.”.
— Replied when asked why Pacquiao, who will turn 40 next month, is still boxing: “(Expletive) that money up, man. (Expletive) that money up.” In 2013, the Bureau of Internal Revenue Philippines said Pacquiao owed $50 million in back taxes, according to the Associated Press.
For his part, Pacquiao on Tuesday smiled a lot, praised God and acknowledged he’d like a rematch with Floyd Mayweather. A rematch likely hinges on Pacquiao beating Broner, but Pacquiao didn’t make any outrageous statements about the fight.
In so many words — and unlike Broner — Pacquiao indicated his boxing gloves would do most of the talking.