It’s official, former eight-division world champion and future hall of famer, Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) will take on former four-division champ, Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) on January 19 in Las Vegas.
It’s a fight that had been rumored to be taking place for quite some time, but was finally made official on Monday during a press conference in New York.
Pacquiao and Broner have always been linked to one another for several years now. With Pac now joining Broner on the Premier Boxing Champions side of the street it made this fight much easier to make.
The brash and flashy Cincinnati native has come up short in the biggest moments of his career. Losses against Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia and Marcos Maidana have stained his career. That, along with lackluster performances and poor outside of the ring choices, have left a bitter taste in the mouths of plenty.
Come January 19, Broner has the chance to bleach those stains and once again place himself on top of the sport. For such a big matchup, Broner knows he will have to be at his very best.
“The things he’s done in this game is unbelievable,” said Broner. “I know come January 19th I gotta be on top of my shit.”
On paper this is a matchup that Pacquiao would seemingly be favored in. However from the sounds of it Pacquiao will not be taking Broner lightly in any capacity.
“My opponent is fast, he’s good,” said Pacquiao. “We have to work hard and train hard for this fight.”
Broner, as always, didn’t hold back when talking about what exactly he planned on doing to the legend.
“He has been knocked out three times so we know he can go to sleep,” said Broner. “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.”
When Broner actually had a serious moment at the press conference, he acknowledged what a win would do for his career.
“A win and I turn into a legend over night,” said Broner.
That statement by Broner is very true. If he is able to defeat Pacquiao then he will indeed become a legend.
All of his past failures will be forgotten. He will have finally lived up to the hype that has surrounded his career for so long.
There’s no denying his skills, it’s just always been his focus that’s the problem. He’s going to need to be at his best to stand any chance at beating Pacquiao.