Floyd Mayweather has labelled Adrien Broner a “snake” and says he is not good enough to be a pay-per-view fighter.
Broner, who defends his WBA super-lightweight world title against Britain’s Ashley Theophane on Friday night, has insisted there is “no beef” between him and his former friend.
But Mayweather, who promoters Theophane, has laid into the champion suggesting the fall-out is far from over.
“Adrien Broner, his nickname is ‘The Problem’ – I think he has a lot of problems,” he told fighthype.com.
“One thing I’m trying to find out about Adrien Broner – is he a boxing promoter, is he a rapper or is he a gangster?
“Like I said before, ‘The Problem’, that’s what Adrien Broner likes to call himself, if I’m not mistaken.
“The problem that he really needs to focus on is his problem in Cincinnati. I think the best name for him is not ‘The Problem’, it’s ‘Snake’.”
Broner (31-2-KO23) puts his title on the line against Theophane (39-6-1-KO11) at the DC Armory in Washington on April Fool’s Day.
The London challenger has promised to win the WBA belt “for Floyd” but even if the champion retains his title, Mayweather says there is little chance of him getting back on pay-per-view.
“You gotta realise, with Mayweather Promotions, we take our time and we build superstars,” he said.
“Mayweather Promotions holds the record for pay-per-view and we know Adrien Broner is a free TV type of fighter. We all know super fights happen on Saturday.”