Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner announced their Saturday, January 19 mega-fight during the first leg of a two-city press tour at New York City’s Gotham Hall on Monday.
The welterweight championship showdown will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
For the 29-year-old Broner, this an opportunity to headline his first PPV, which excites the Cincinnati native.
“I had to call my momma after I looked in the mirror this morning. I had to let her know she has a beautiful son,” Broner said on Monday. “We finally made it to pay-per-view at 29. I’m the only African-American do to that.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight. I’m not coming to just pick up a check. I know when I win this fight, there’s more money to come.”
Broner knows that a win over Pacquiao would do wonders for his career, and put him position to do bigger things in the sport:
“Every fighter is different. I don’t compare fighters to each other. Every fighter has their good habits and their bad habits,” Broner said. “All around, he’s a great fighter. He’s done something that nobody has ever done in the sport, but it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Adrien Broner will be the biggest name in boxing.”
Broner has not stopped any fighter at 147, and his last fight against Jesse Vargas was fought at 144 pounds, but that won’t stop him from trying to knock Pacquiao out on January 19:
“I’m not worried about what Manny does. He has to worry about what I’m doing. I have three losses, and he has eight,” Broner said. “But he has been knocked out three times so we know he can go to sleep. He doesn’t need Nyquil for that, and I have the power to do it. He better be on his P’s and Q’s because I’m trying to knock him out.
“If the knockout comes, it comes. I’m just focused on my win. I’m trying to win in good fashion. I’m going to train my ass off and give it my all.”
If Broner can win this fight, it bodes well for his career, and gives him an opportunity to possibly become a PPV star, but we have been waiting for Broner to take that next step, and to this point, it has not happened. We’ll see if that changes on January 19.