Pacquiao vs. Broner officially set for January 19th
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 20, 2018 09:40 AM
Manny Pacquiao, left, and Adrien Broner pose for photographers at a news conference, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in New York. Pacquiao will defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title against Broner on Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Eight-division boxing world champion and current reigning WBA (regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao will be making his way back into the squared-circle next January.
Pacquiao, who will be 40 years old by fight night, will be defending his title against former four-division world champion Adrien Broner on January 19th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The welterweight title bout will be Pacquiao's return to the US after a two-year absence.
"I just want to prove that I’m still in boxing, Manny Pacquiao is still in boxing, and my career is just continuing, my journey in boxing is continuing," Pacquiao said during the officiall press conference in New York, early Tuesday morning, Manila time. "I just want to entertain people and to give a good show on January 19."
When asked why he chose Broner as his first challenger, Pacquiao said that he believes it would be a good fight for the fans.
"I chose Adrien Broner because I believe we can have a good fight and we can entertain fans. Adrien Broner is a calibre fighter, he is a good fighter and we cannot underestimate him. Everyone knows about Adrien Broner,"
Broner was significantly more animated on the microphone, as he addressed the fight and had some pretty interesting words for Pacquiao as well.
"I’m happy, there’s a lot of people who wanted this fight, and God blessed me to get it, I’m just the chosen one."
"It’s gonna be a hell of a fight. All bullsh*t aside, I’m not just coming here to pick up a check. F*ck the money. I know when I win this fight, there’s more money to come, and y’all [gave me] a chance to make a hundred million. Y’all got me f*cked up if you think I’m going to lose to Manny Pacquiao," he added.
The Pacquiao-Broner welterweight clash will be the main event of a Showtime PPV card.