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.
What would a Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao training camp be without a few bons mots from World-Famous Freddie Roach, the seven-time BWAA Trainer of the Year?
Upon hearing the news that Pacquiao’s opponent Adrien “The Problem” Broner had been arrested on Sunday in Broward County, Florida, on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court (https://www.tmz.com/2018/12/26/adrien-broner-arrested-mug-shot-smiling-christmas-florida/?vtest=100), a seemingly chronic issue for the four-division world champion, Roach had this to say:
“Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive.’ This may be the first time I face a corner that includes a bail bondsman!”
Hailed as a national treasure by his fellow Filipinos, boxer laureate Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion, a member of the Philippines Senate, and the BWAA’s reigning Fighter of the Decade, is in his most intense phase of training as he prepares for his WBA welterweight world title defense against Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), of Cincinnati. Pacquiao vs. Broner takes place on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Earlier this week, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach told the world that he has not been paid for Pacquiao’s fight against Jeff Horn on July 1.
Roach told Sports Illustrated the following:
“I really don’t know if he’s mad at me. But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?”
Pacquiao told the world that he has not received payment from Bob Arum for the Horn fight, and it was Arum’s responsibility to pay Roach.
However, Bob Arum told Ringtv on Thursday: “All of this is truly, truly a non-issue. Everybody has the money they are entitled to, end of the story!”
When asked by TMZ Sports if he received payment for the Horn fight, Roach said: “Everyone’s paid.”
I guess all is well with Pacquiao, Roach, and Arum.
When asked about Pacquiao’s future, Roach told TMZ Sports: “I would like to see him maybe fight a rematch with Horn. Otherwise, retire.”
Pacquiao, 38, should exercise his rematch clause and fight Horn again. He can still make decent money in a very winnable fight. We may have seen the best of Pacquiao, but he can still beat Jeff Horn!