Should Adrien Broner reach out to Manny Pacquiao for guidance?
What's going on with Adrien Broner?
The inactive former four-division world titlist hasn't been seen in the ring since dropping a unanimous decision to Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao over a year ago.
Of course, anyone who frequents tabloid news pages and sites that specialize in gonzo journalism has seen quite a bit of the publicly abrasive personality in recent years. Most recently, the now 30-year-old part-time fighter was ordered to pay a default judgment in the amount of $830K for failing to show up in a sexual assault case just one month ago.
Now AB is asking his loyal Instagram followers for monetary assistance:
Seems ironic that "About Billions" is literally begging for $10 online. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
When Broner initially burst onto the boxing scene, he seemed destined for boxing glory as he became an overnight sensation, competing and dominating his competition on the biggest stage of boxing, HBO. But that was almost a full decade ago.
Broner has seemingly lost control of his career and possibly himself since then.
Once upon a time, the proud Cincinnati resident wanted to follow in the footsteps of Floyd Money Mayweather and sought out his tutelage. Unfortunately for Broner, he didn't realize that Floyd's alter ego was just for show and wasn't a genuine lifestyle. Naturally, a falling out quickly ensued. Yes, Floyd has extravagant tastes...but that's where the "Money" moniker ends. He doesn't do drugs or party like a rockstar.
It's no mystery what made Floyd and every successful prizefighter who has enjoyed a lucrative career that spans over two decades...it's hard work and discipline. God-given talent isn't enough to stay atop any entertainment field. It takes great sacrifice.
Adrien Broner worked extremely hard to get to the top of an extremely difficult sport...somewhere along the way, he forgot the steps it took to get there.
Perhaps it's time Adrien Broner sought the tutelage of another legendary boxing icon...Manny Pacquiao.
Over a decade ago, the now 41-year-old ring legend was an admitted womanizer who enjoyed partying like a rockstar as well. Seeing the error of his ways and understanding the great responsibility that comes with influence and monetary wealth, Manny changed his lifestyle completely, turning to faith, family, and country.
The eight-division world champion is now a humble servant of his people in the Philippines and takes great pride in helping others. But Manny admittedly didn't change his evil ways without the help of a friendly but powerful voice.
In a riveting story written by Kevin Mitchell of "The Guardian", Pacquiao described in great detail what specifically turned his life around.
“I have a lot of dreams and visions,” the ring legend humbly admitted. “I even heard the voice of God. When I heard the voice of God, I am trembling and melting. I feel I have died. It was an amazing, amazing experience."
“I’m happy because I found the right way, salvation, born again. We are required to be born again, all of us. Christ said unless we are born again we cannot enter the kingdom of God. So it’s very important to me. Jesus Christ said: ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ There is no other way. The only way is through Jesus.”
Although Broner may not experience the same life-changing "Voice of God" that Pacquiao miraculously encountered, the steps Manny took to improve his own life, and consequently the lives of countless others, is the real lesson here.
When you make your life about the well being of others around you, rather than your own selfish interests, you start to live a more fulfilled existence.
Broner might want to start by giving back to the sport that made him a very wealthy man at one point. Get involved with the lives of the great men who made boxing what it is today. Champion a pension fund. Although many have tried to form a "players association" or union for prizefighters in the past, they've ultimately failed because of the way the sport is organized.
Boxing isn't run like any other sport in existence, but operated more like the music or motion picture industry. Broner should start by looking to the Screen Actors Guild as a template. SAG-AFTRA members currently enjoy benefits like health plans, retirement funds, pension plans, and contract/collective bargaining services, with the scale being based on the total amount of time worked.
In a prizefighter's case, it would be the total amount of rounds fought per year, as well as purse amount.
Just like in the music or motion picture industry, boxing has always been a very top-heavy business in which 98% of hard-working fighters everywhere go without and often have to hold down 9 to 5 jobs to feed their respective families.
Broner was once and can be again part of that 2% that can afford to improve the sport for everyone.
But it's entirely up to him.
Memo to Adrien Broner:
Get back in the gym, and fall in love with the sport again that made you "AB". Use your talents to help others...not yourself. Before it's too late.