Roach: ‘Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive’’

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.

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Roach: ‘I rate Manny as a strong buy at the MGM Grand’s Race & Sports book’

The U.S. government may be shut down but for SENATOR MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, boxing’s Commander in Chief, it has been full steam ahead, in his first U.S. training camp since 2016, at world-famous Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.

“Training camp has been no day at Palm Beach for Manny or his sparring partners,” said Roach.  “You can tell that the word is leaking out on how strong Manny is looking in camp by the reaction on Wall Street yesterday.  Even the market is bullish on Manny.  I rate Manny as a strong buy at the MGM Grand’s Race & Sports book.”

Boxer laureate Manny Pacquiao is back!  Hailed as a national treasure by his fellow Filipinos, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion 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 four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” 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.

After arriving to a throng of media at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal Saturday evening and attending church services with his family on Sunday, it was back to business on Monday morning where Manny greeted the sunrise with a five-mile run up the hills to the Hollywood sign immediately followed by a rigorous session of strength and conditioning with Justin Fortune.  The afternoon saw Buboy Fernandez put Manny through his paces for close to three hours at Wild Card.

On Christmas, after another long run and strength and conditioning in the morning, Manny sparred eight rounds with three different partners, followed by another hour of mitt work with Roach before he tore into the heavy bag.  Following his Wednesday run, Manny was greeted by a representative from VADA for a random drug test.  After his blood was taken, Manny cheerily predicted he would test positive for excellence.  Fernandez, sensing that jetlag was finally settling in, gave Manny the afternoon off to rest.

Today, Manny is scheduled for a full day of training, including eight to ten rounds of sparring, plus more.

Broner on training in South Florida: ‘I’m not focused on the clubbing and stuff, and all that stuff will be here after the fight’

Four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien “The Problem” Broner hosted a media workout at Miami Beach’s famed 5th Street Gym on Tuesday as he prepares to face Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, for his World Boxing Association Welterweight World Title on SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, January 19 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In undercard action on the SHOWTIME PPV, two-division world champion Badou Jack will battle unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title and former world champion Rau’shee Warren will take on France’s Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship in a rematch of their 2012 Olympic matchup that was edged by Oubaali.  In the opening bout of the four-fight PPV telecast, unbeaten Jhack Tepora will take on former world champion Hugo Ruiz in a 12-round featherweight clash.

Cincinnati’s Broner, one of boxing’s most popular and colorful personalities, is training under the tutelage of Kevin Cunningham in nearby West Palm Beach, Fla.

Here is what Broner had to say on Tuesday:

ADRIEN BRONER:

“This fight is real important. This is a hell of a fight not only for me but for the sport. This is a fight that needed to happen for the sport and we are going to put on a hell of a show.

“I always knew that one day I would be having fights like this. Honestly I thought he [Pacquiao] would be done with boxing by now but I always knew I would have a fight of this magnitude on this platform, pay-per-view and all and now I’m here.

“I knew what to expect. I knew he [Kevin] was going to be real strict and I just came prepared. Ready to put it all in and put it all on the line.”

On what he does in his down time:

“I try to rest as much as possible. I’m training so much and training real hard. This will be my second workout of the day and then after this I have another workout at 8:30 p.m. so that will be the third workout for the day so you know all my off time I try to eat properly, stay hydrated and stay focused.”

On how it feels to train in a gym that hosted greats like Muhammad Ali:

“It’s lovely. I never knew this gym existed and this is my first time ever being here or ever hearing about this gym being legendary. Muhammad Ali paved the way for guys like me and Sugar Ray Leonard and everyone else so, its legendary.

“I always tell other fighters and other people it takes more to be a star than just boxing. I just have everything it takes to be a mega star.”

On Pacquiao’s last fight against Lucas Matthysse:

“I didn’t see it but I heard he looked good. I don’t know what to expect. I’m just training for the best Pacquiao. And I’m going to go out there and do what I have to do to get the victory.”

 How do you feel training in South Florida?

“I’m not focused on the clubbing and stuff and all that stuff will be here after the fight. I’m 110 percent focused on this fight.”

What he will do after the Pacquiao Fight?

“Boxing you have to take it one fight at a time. My main focus is getting past Manny Pacquiao first and then we can talk about other things.”

On whether or not Pacquiao has a weakness:

“It’s not a mystery. He has seven losses. It’s not a mystery that he can lose but anyone can lose on any given day. It’s whoever prepares the best and I’m preparing myself to do what I need to do. I don’t care about stopping him or whether it’s a unanimous decision, as long as I’m victorious.”

On whether or not this is the biggest fight of his career:

“This is definitely my biggest fight, biggest magnitude, biggest platform I’ve ever been on but you never know. I could probably go in there and make this look like the easiest fight of my career you just never know.”

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Loma on Pacquiao: ‘I think his career is done’

Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring on January 19 against Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. For the 39-year-old Pacquiao, who recently signed with Al Haymon, it’s an opportunity to beat a very good fighter with name recognition. Also, it could be an opportunity to get a rumored rematch with Floyd Mayweather or a fight with other big name fighters who are signed to Haymon and PBC.

WBA lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, who has a unification fight against WBO lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, and who many thought would eventually fight Pacquiao at some point, believes Pacquiao’s best years are behind him and would have no desire to fight the Philippine legend.

“I’m not disrespecting Pacquiao, but I don’t want to make my name bigger because I beat an old legend,” Lomachenko said at a press conference today. “I have my own road. There are a lot of good fighters to fight who are comparable to me. He’s old. I think his career is done. I don’t want to become a legend in boxing because of him.”

In reality, now that Pacquiao is with Haymon, a fight Lomachenko would probably be difficult to make. Therefore, it probably won’t happen.

Pacquiao’s best years are behind him, but he still is a formidable opponent for anybody as we saw back in July when he stopped Lucas Matthysse, so I don’t think he’s done just yet. In fact, Pacquiao probably beats Broner in January.

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Pacquiao on Broner: “I have to pass through him before fighting Mayweather’

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and former four-division champ Adrien “The Problem” Broner were all business on Tuesday as they concluded their two-city press tour in Los Angeles announcing their Saturday, January 19 showdown for Pacquiao’s WBA Welterweight World Title. The event 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.

Here’s what Pacquiao had to say:

“This fight is going to be a good fight. I have to pass through him before fighting Floyd Mayweather. I want to prove to the boxing fans that Manny Pacquiao is still in the pack. You will see more fights with Manny Pacquiao here in the United States.

“He’s young and he’s fast – and he’s fast with his mouth. There will be more action in the ring – we know what the people want. It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a fight you will never forget.

“I continue my career as a boxer because boxing is my passion. When I hung up my gloves once, I felt sad not being in the ring and giving inspiration to people in the Philippines and boxing fans.”

On potentially fighting Floyd Mayweather again:
I don’t think Adrien will agree with that, because I need to pass through him. This is not an easy fight.”

On working with Al Haymon:
“I have only good things to say about Top Rank – they helped me a lot. But I’m really thankful to be partnered with Al Haymon and have a chance to work with him.”

Will the Mayweather rematch be next?
“I can’t give you an answer, but if you ask me, it would be good for me to have that fight.”

Pacquiao fought Mayweather back in 2015 and lost by unanimous decision. I think May-Pac 2 is still a fight that people would want to see, and would do well on PPV, but first, Pacquiao needs to handle Broner.

Broner on Pac: ‘He better be on his P’s and Q’s because I’m trying to knock him out’

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.

 

 

Pacquiao wants big fights with PBC stars

MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, announced today that he has entered into an exclusive agreement to work with manager / advisor Al Haymon.The new alliance will have team Pacquiao and Haymon work together to navigate the remainder of his illustrious career. Pacquiao’s first defense of the World Boxing Association welterweight world title will kick off the new partnership and will have Pacquiao appear on the Premier Boxing Champions series. Pacquiao’s promotion company, MP Promotions, will promote all of his upcoming bouts under this new alignment with Haymon.

MP Promotions will also work with Al Haymon to bring some of the best fighters from the Philippines and Asia to the United States to appear on the PBC series.

“I’m very excited about this new chapter in my career and I’m looking forward to a fresh start. I’m reinvigorated by the prospects of bringing up new fighters under the MP Promotions banner,” said Pacquiao. “My team will work closely with Al Haymon for the remainder of my career to deliver the most anticipated fights with the top PBC fighters. Those are the fights the fans want to see and the ones I want to have to close out my career.”

“MP Promotions is very excited about this last phase of Senator Manny’s Hall of Fame Career. We look forward to launching this new relationship with Manny’s first world title defense,” said Joe Ramos, who heads MP Promotions. “I would also like to acknowledge matchmaker Sean Gibbons, legal counsel Tom Falgui, and Senator Manny’s aide Steve Jumalon for their tireless efforts and invaluable advice.”

Pacquiao, a three-time Fighter of the Year and Boxing Writers Association of America’s reigning Fighter of the Decade, will return to the ring early next year. The fight, which will be announced soon, will be co-promoted by MP Promotions and TGB Promotions.

With Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duerte and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad in attendance (the first time two heads of state attended a championship boxing event), Pacquaio regained the welterweight title for a fourth time on July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia by knocking out defending WBA champion Lucas Matthyssee in the seventh round.

Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), who hails from Sarangani Province in the Philippines, is the only sitting Congressman and Senator to win a world title. After serving two terms as congressman, Pacquiao was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May 2016, capturing over 16 million votes nationally. Pacquiao’s boxing resume features victories over current and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Mayweather: ‘I told Al Haymon that the best fight for Pacquiao is probably the Broner fight’

Last month, Floyd Mayweather told the whole world, on Instagram, that he was looking to return to boxing in December to fight Manny Pacquiao. At that point, many thought  Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 was going to happen, but now, according to Pacquiao, he will be fighting Adrien Broner in January.

According to Mayweather, Pacquiao is now with Al Haymon, and instead of a rematch with Pacquiao, Mayweather believes that the best fight for Pacquiao is Broner.

“What I’ve been working on is communicating with Al Haymon,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports. “Me and Al Haymon have been communicating, we’ve been talking and trying to come up with the best solution for all the fighters that are under our umbrella, so Pacquiao is now under our umbrella; the Mayweather and Haymon umbrella.

“I think the best fight for Pacquiao; I told Al Haymon that the best fight for Pacquiao is probably the Adrien Broner fight.”

Pacquiao-Broner is an exciting fight. The 39-year-old Pacquiao still has a big name in the sport of boxing, and Broner has a lot of popularity in the sport, too. I think the fight could do some solid numbers.

If I had to pick a winner today, I would go with Pacquiao. Every time Broner has stepped up in competition, he’s lost. Therefore, I think Pacquiao wins the fight.

 

Arum on Mayweather, Pacquiao: ‘They’re past their prime’

All signs are pointing to a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which to some(like myself) is very exciting, but to others, like Pacquiao’s former promoter Bob Arum, this would be a fight between two fighters who are past their prime.

“They’re past their prime. It’ll do good at the box office,” Arum told TMZ Sports. “It’ll make money, which is fine. But, they’re not elite fighters anymore.”

Obviously, the 41-year-old Mayweather and the 39-year-old Pacquiao are not the same guys we saw in 2015(the year of their first fight), but both fighters could still beat a lot of guys at 147. Pacquiao reportedly needs the money, and Mayweather has a very extravagant lifestyle so he may need the money as well, and according to Arum, these two fighters are trying to grab some more cash while they can.

“It’s a money grab,” Arum said. “Business is business. It’s good money for each of them. You can’t begrudge them, but they’re not elite anymore.”

With reports that Pacquiao is signing with Mayweather’s longtime manager Al Haymon, this fight will be a lot easier to make than their 2015 clash.  Therefore, Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 will probably be coming to a TV near you.

Sho’s Stephen Espinoza on May-Pac 2: ‘I do think we will be seeing a rematch’

Floyd Mayweather is serious about returning to the sport of boxing, so says Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza, who believes Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 will happen.

“Having spoken to Floyd, I know he is deadly serious about it,” Espinoza said to TMZ Sports. “He is very, very serious about wanting the fight. From everything that I’ve seen and heard, Manny Pacquiao is serious about it as well. There’s a lot that remains to be done.

‘This year would be a big challenge; not that we haven’t pulled off stuff in a short time like we did with Mayweather-McGregor, but I do think we will be seeing the rematch, Mayweather-Pacquiao in a fairly short order.

“I understand people doubted it because of the way it was announced, so to speak, in a viral video, but I think that was just Floyd taking advantage of the opportunity in marketing in the way that he markets things.”

In September, the 41-year-old Mayweather announced on Instagram that he would be returning to the sport of boxing in December to fight the 39-year-old Pacquiao.

Shortly after that Instagram video, TMZ Sports reported that Mayweather was looking to do a tuneup fight in Japan, and then battle Pacquiao in 2019.

Back in 2015, Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision.