MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxer Adrien Broner claims he is not familiar with Filipino lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta, who challenged him to a showdown last weekend.
Gesta registered a ninth=round technical knockout victory over American Ty Barnett last weekend in an ESPN Friday Night Fights show, and afterwards called out Broner, who has a record of 24 wins, with 20 knockouts.
But Broner told Fight Hype he does not know who Gesta is.
“Who?” he replied when informed that Gesta had challenged him.
Broner said he watched part of the show but fell asleep by the time Gesta’s fight rolled around.
“This little Filipino dude, man, he’s not impressive at all. There’s nothing special about him,” he said. “I went to sleep about the third round.”
“It was not exciting to me. I went to sleep on the fight. So after the fight, he called me out?”
Broner is set to make his debut at lightweight on October 6, and Gesta had volunteered to welcome the unbeaten boxer to the division.
But Broner, who patterns himself after pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., dismissed the Filipino boxer’s challenge.
“He just fought for what, $7,500? $12,500 at the most?” Broner asked. “I just gave up $81,000 in my last fight.”
“Tell him to go get some money and come see me then,” he added.
Gesta will most likely not get his wish to fight Broner, as he is reportedly being matched up with IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez later this year.