Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner will battle it out on January 19 in a fight that is big for both fighters. For Pacquiao(60-7-2, 39 KOs), it could be an opportunity to have a rumored rematch with Floyd Mayweather, while for Broner it’s a chance to get a signature victory and an opportunity to headline significant cards in the future. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will air on Showtime PPV.
There are a lot of things you can criticize about Broner(33-3-1, 24 KOs), but one thing you can’t criticize is his toughness. Back in 2013, Broner took a beating against Marcos Maidana in his first loss. He was dropped two times, but he fought hard to the end. In his three losses, Broner has never been stopped. However, according to Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, Broner won’t be able to handle the pace or the pressure from Pacquiao.
“I think experience has made Manny a better fighter,” added Roach. “He still trains harder than anyone. I like Broner as a fighter. I think he has excellent boxing skills. But Broner has never faced anyone like Manny. Broner will be mentally exhausted within four rounds and physically spent within six. It will be impossible for Broner to keep pace with the Manny Pacquiao of this training camp.”
The 40-year-old Pacquiao is not the same guy we saw when he was steamrolling opponents from 2008-2011, and Broner is a much livelier fighter than Pacquiao’s last opponent Lucas Matthysse. I think Pacquiao gets the nod, but it won’t be easy.