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NAAZIM RICHARDSON: "ADRIEN BRONER AND FLOYD MAYWEATHER...THERE ARE SOME SIMILARITIES, BUT THEY ARE DIFFERENT FIGHTERS"

By Percy Crawford | July 03, 2013
NAAZIM RICHARDSON:

"The comparison people make between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather is that they both fight behind the shoulder and things of that nature. The way I see it is like this. Mayweather is a defensive-minded fighter with great offense. Broner is an offensive-minded fighter with great defense. The difference is Broner does it walking towards you as to where Floyd does it pulling back. You don't see Floyd walking forward as much as Broner does, just like you never see Broner going backwards like Floyd. There are some similarities, but they are different fighters. Floyd is a special young man and he has been for a long time now," stated world-class trainer Naazim Richardson, who shared his thoughts on a number of subjects, including Floyd Mayweather, Saul Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios, Adrien Broner, Paulie Malignaggi, and much more. Check it out!

PC: How is it going Brother Naaz?

NR: I'm hanging on with both hands, soldier. We got a few things in motion right now.

PC: I wanted to get your thoughts on the Malignaggi/Broner fight. What did you think of the way it played out?

NR: I was at that fight. I was somewhat confused and disappointed with the way Paulie approached the fight. I know a lot of people thought Adrien Broner was gonna stop Paulie and all of that, but nobody is gonna blow through Paulie. He got a good chin and a lot of pride, so I didn't think that was gonna be the case. The thing that confused me with the way Paulie fought though is that, Paulie usually punch pretty good early in fights. I'm not saying he's knocking people out or hurting people, but he punches good early in fights. He's a better puncher earlier than late, and I never understood why he started the fight the way he did. Paulie came out, to me, and looked like someone that just said I'm going to look like the busier guy. He was just moving his hands so to speak, and Broner was there to be hit early, but Paulie was punching and moving as opposed to putting some weight behind his shots. He really looked like he had it in his mind that he was gonna win the fight by looking like the busier fighter. If Broner is there to be hit, you don't have to search for activity. Honestly, he got the benefit of the doubt with the split decision because the way he fought, as far as just keeping his hands moving, if that's someone else, those scores are a blowout.

See, the comparison people make between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather is that they both fight behind the shoulder and things of that nature. The way I see it is like this. Mayweather is a defensive-minded fighter with great offense. Broner is an offensive-minded fighter with great defense. The difference is Broner does it walking towards you as to where Floyd does it pulling back. You don't see Floyd walking forward as much as Broner does, just like you never see Broner going backwards like Floyd. There are some similarities, but they are different fighters. Floyd is a special young man and he has been for a long time now.

PC: And since you were at the fights, I will get your thoughts on the heavyweight fight between Seth Mitchell and Johnathon Banks.

NR: I didn't understand that fight at all, man. I understood it from Seth Mitchell's standpoint because Seth Mitchell had to fight like that. He's not a veteran. So you got a green guy jumping right back in there with the guy that just knocked him out; he had to fight cautious, so I get it from his standpoint. Honestly, that fight shouldn't have been made. People gotta understand, Banks was out of character in the first fight. What we saw in the rematch is typically how Banks fight. If you go back and watch his fights at cruiserweight, he always left something to be desired. Every fighter has that moment. I call it "The Buster Douglas" moment; the only problem with that is most of the time, you never see that version of them again and in that fight, the Banks from the first fight never showed up. So in a sense, we saw the real Johnathon Banks in the rematch because the first fight was him out of character, and you could see it because even when he had Mitchell hurt, he was still in cruise control. Mitchell knew exactly what he had to do and he got it done. I remember seeing Banks in the amateurs and I never thought anyone would get past Andre Ward because he was such a smart and slick fighter, but I thought Banks could make a little noise and it just never happened. He had Emanuel and a good skillset, but just never worked out that way. I tell these jokers around here that they gotta learn to capitalize; there ain't no second guessing and third guessing. They gotta be on top of this thing going in.

PC: You deal with a lot of young fighters. How do you prevent the tag of underachiever from some of these guys, if it's possible to prevent?

NR: Here is the problem we have with a lot of these young bol's; they let go of it and then they want to try and hold on to it to some degree, so I go through it with these young bol's. They disappear from the gym for a while and then they show up one day saying, "I'm focused. I'm focused." I tell them, "I believe in more of what you do then what you say," because the next time you look up and they saying, "I can't come to the gym me and my girl...," I don't want to hear that shit. I tell them, "The only person want to hear excuses is your mom." If you lose a job 10 times, your momma asks you every time, "What happened, baby? They don't want to work by you?" No matter how many times, your mom will listen to it. I always told my guys, daddy give you three. Dad will give you three chances and then dad is like, "Nah, this nigga don't wanna work. He don't want to work," but mom will listen to it every time and be like, "I don't know why your supervisor is so hard on you." They listen to that crap, but I don't want to hear that shit. You can't come up to the gym with a note from your mother. You know, I had a kid once come to me like that in the gym. I had a kid come to the gym that had a note from his momma after he missed the gym (laughing). I was like, "Oh my God, this little joker here." He said, "Well, I didn't want to miss no days." I said, "My man!"

PC: Every fighter in Philly should be motivated by what Bernard is doing right now, honestly.

NR: See, the thing is, with a guy like X, sometimes when a guy is that far out, what happens is guys just accept the fact...my son, Tiger, said one time, he was like, "Yo, man, Bernard is discipline. I can see where Bernard didn't have the talent of a lot of people, but he was 90% discipline. I don't have that much discipline, but I think I got more talent. I'm probably gonna have to be like 50% talent and 50% discipline for me to get there. Bernard might have been 90% discipline." (Laughing) I said, "Hey man, you can manufacture it any way you want to; guys that stay focused and on point like that have a great opportunity to make something happen like that, no matter what they do." Guys that have that kind of focus could wait you out.

PC: There aren't too many people in boxing right now with the mental as much as the physical like Bernard has going right now. Of course Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward are two guys that come to mind. Juan Manuel Marquez is another one.

NR: Well, see, Floyd probably not as mentally tough as Bernard is, but he's more talented. So his talent has got him in times where he's been a little short otherwise; his talent produced for him. But Floyd is a special guy too. That's for damn sure. He is cut from a special cloth.

PC: Do you think Floyd's experience and talents will be too much for Canelo Alvarez on September 14th?

NR: It's too much experience, and the problem with the Canelo fight is that finally Floyd is fighting somebody that they ain't afraid to rob him with. If Canelo fight the same fight that Cotto did or Oscar, Canelo gets a draw. They ain't got no problem putting the business on this guy because they feel like they can move forward with this guy. The Cotto or the Oscar fight happens again and Canelo gets a draw easy. You gotta be careful for a win, but he definitely gets a draw. And then everybody gets money on both of 'em. They are still both undefeated and both can say they feel like they won. The first person to give Floyd a blemish, if it happens, it's mandatory that you go back at him. You give Floyd a blemish and Floyd earns another shot no matter what happens. If he goes out like Pacquiao, he's earned another crack at it. I mean, shit, Pacquiao is about to fight again. Joker's ask me what do I think Pacquiao should do. I say, "Listen man, bottom line, what is Pacquiao gonna do in  boxing that is going to be more exciting to you than what Pacquiao has done in boxing?" If Pacquiao lost like that in the first round, we have seen it recently, so you still wouldn't be as shocked. He can't come back and do anything. If he come back and knock out Brandon Rios, so! It wasn't more impressive than when he knocked out Cotto. If you start saying what you said...I told them a while back and they thought I was wrong when I said it, but one is, when he fought Shane, I said, "He will never have another easy fight and his days are numbered." And I wasn't hating because I am a Pacquiao fan. I gotta admit, I really really like this guy. I told you that before we fought against him. I said, "Yo, if you don't like him, you must don't like boxing." He gives you everything that you want to see in boxing: one-punch knockouts, speed, power, he takes his shots, he's exciting, he's rough, and he never takes the easy way out. Anything you are a fan of in boxing, he is. If you, shit, if you like seeing guys knocked cold, shit, he done even gave y'all that now. I always told Bernard leave boxing before you have done everything because the only thing Bernard has never done is lose badly. He's done everything in boxing except for lose badly, so leave boxing before you have done everything. Pacquiao has done everything. The only thing Pacquiao hasn't done is get disqualified, and who gonna wait around to see some shit like that? It's all been done. You can say I don't want to go out like that. I don't want to go out with an L like that. I took a bad loss. I get that, but other than that, it's pretty much a wrap.

PC: And Rios is a rough customer.

NR: Yeah, Brandon Rios can be the first guy that really beats him up for 12 rounds.

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