The truth was quick to catch a lying Rolando Romero
A word of advice, if you are going to lie…don’t do it on camera. This is a maxim that would have served lightweight fighter Rolando “Rolly” Romero (12-0, 10 KO’s) extremely well. There is no doubt that Romero, 25, has no problem talking fast and reckless. Most recently, he insisted that one of his left hooks would flatten interim WBC world lightweight champion Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (21-0, 18 KO’s). Just before that, he was calling WBC world lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0, 15 KO’s) a whole bunch of bitches.
Now, while training, a member of Romero’s team recorded him as the cameraman retold one of Rolly’s stories. In fact, the story teller asked permission, which Romero granted, before getting started. Long story made short, Rolly swindled a stranger out of some money after the Spence vs Garcia fight, and that person ended up being related to WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (37-0, 28 KO’s). The highlight of the story alleged that Bud phoned Floyd “Money” Mayweather to plead for the return of twenty dollars. The retelling was replayed by Fight Hype.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!
It is safe to say that most folks would be hard-pressed to believe this retelling of events. Luckily, not only did the internet remain undefeated, it worked quickly. Shortly after the initial video with Rolly’s story had gone up, Barbershop Conversations aired the actual encounter itself. To his credit, Rolly did speak to Bud and Crawford did call Mayweather as a direct result of their exchange. However, the reason was quite different.
Crawford actually called to get the green light on sparring Romero. The WBO champ felt that Rolly was disrespectful and wanted to physically vent in the ring. On several occasions, he could be heard to say, ‘I want to beat yo ass just because!” After asking where he lived and trained, Romero stated he was ‘with Floyd.’ It was at that point that Bud pulled out his phone. Being a Mayweather Promotions fighter, Crawford did not want any issues, so he called Money. Once Mayweather answered, their communication was no longer recorded for privacy sake.
ALL EYES ON ME
While it would have been fun to see and hear the conversation, we do not know what happened next. We do know, however, that Romero is out here comfortable telling bold faced lies on tape, which is a bad look.
It will be interesting to see how Romero performs in his next dustup. In his last fight, he beat Jackson “El Fenix” Marinez (19-1, 7 KO’s) to pick up the interim WBA lightweight title. Yet, in that bout, he failed to impress miserably. At best, he struggled to a twelve round unanimous decision. At worst, he was gifted the decision by the judges.
Presently, he is scheduled to face Justin “The Million Dollar Man” Pauldo (14-1, 7 KO’s) on January 23. With all his tough-talk, it is definitely in his best interest to look good against Pauldo! If he is unable to show improvement, he will definitely hear about from his peers. Peers who have proven they don’t mind roasting him!
By: Bakari Simpson