Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner Fight Update

Here's the Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner Fight Update.

Manny Pacquiao defeated Adrien Broner via Unanimous Decision

Manny Pacquiao makes his return to the ring to put his secondary WBA welterweight world title on the line against one of the more controversial names in the sport, Adrien Broner. The bout will go down inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which is very fitting to get the 2019 calendar year in boxing started.

Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) will be making his first defense of that WBA "regular" welterweight championship since he captured it from Lucas Matthysse via TKO in the seventh round in July 2018. The 40-year-old, eight-division champion continues to show us all that he can still get it done in the ring, and a successful defense -- especially a convincing one -- of that welterweight title on Saturday night may even put him in line for that rumored rematch with Floyd Mayweather (whether fans want to see it or not) somewhere down the line.

Manny Pacquiao returns to Sin City in a fight with Adrien Broner both men hope will lead to future glory.

Pacquiao is fighting for the first time since turning 40 but brushed off a 2017 defeat against Jeff Horn by finishing Lucas Matthysse in his last outing and hopes a win over Broner will set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

He will receive a guaranteed purse of $14 million plus a percentage of the profits which is expected to reap him at worst another $14 million.

Broner is somewhat lucky to be getting a shot at Pacquiao’s WBA title after going winless in his past two appearances against Mikey Garcia (unanimous decision loss) and Jessie Vargas (majority draw).

But he’s stayed out of trouble long enough to make it to the MGM Grand today and hopes a win will revive his career.

Rising Australian hope George Kambosos Jr, a training partner of Pacquiao’s, featured on the undercard and continued his charge up the 135-pound rankings in his American debut with a straight-forward win against journeyman Rey Perez.

Broner, 29, certainly has a deserved number of critics who believe he has never evolved above 135 pounds to the fighter he could've been despite winning four titles in as many divisions. Broner still lacks a defining victory on his resume and has lost badly each time he has stepped up against elite competition (Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, Mikey Garcia).

On the flip side, Broner has been his worst enemy outside of the ring and still has youth and an incredible amount of talent on his side should you believe, despite a bevy of legal troubles during training camp, that this is finally the time he takes his career seriously in the biggest fight of his career.

As is typically the case, Broner has said all the right things head of his first PPV headlining role.

"Growing up and seeing Pacquiao fight, of course I always wanted to fight him," Broner said. "I'm a competitor. One day I want to be the best, and to be the best you have to beat the best. It starts here.

"This is my first PPV but I was always supposed to be here. God doesn't make mistakes. After this victory, I will be taking over the sport of boxing. This is just the beginning."

For as quick as we are to count Broner out considering his history of coming up short against elite fighters, his intangibles of toughness and a strong chin can't be overlooked. Because of that, expect him to be in this fight for all 12 rounds, with a legitimate chance at victory despite entering as the betting underdog.

The odds of Broner doing just that, however, come down to the same question he has faced routinely ever since he first made the move up to 140 pounds: Will he throw enough punches to give himself a fighting chance?

Broner continues to be the last to know that his power hasn't quite carried above 135 pounds the same way that his fighting style and swagger suggests. Instead of working behind his jab and using his natural athleticism to set up his power shots, Broner has too predictably fallen in love with standing in the pocket and looking to counter.

It's a style that has become a very lazy one for Broner and only works when his size or speed advantage is great. Against elite fighters, it simply leaves him vulnerable on the scorecards when his two or three clean punches per round simply aren't enough to earn the nod over an opponent who works the full three minutes.

Against this version of Pacquiao, Broner would be wise to try and lure his aging opponent into a game of high-speed chess. Not only might Broner mirror Horn's gameplan of tiring Pacquiao out by making him fight the entire round, the "PacMan" can occasionally become reckless when lured into an action fight.

Should Broner, instead, try to mirror Marquez as the counter puncher and spend the whole fight banking on one big punch that might never come, this could turn into the kind of virtual sparring match that Pacquiao would be more than happy to control by using his footwork to box from distance as the aggressor.

Ultimately, the equation is simple: If the very best of Broner finally shows up, not only will we see a fun fight but it will be one he can very much win as the younger fighter. But that's a notion we've said before just about every big fight Broner has accepted, with the same Groundhog Day result simply resetting the narrative each time.

If Broner gives Pacquiao the chance to outwork him, Pacquiao will do just that before moving on to bigger business ahead.

“I still have that killer instinct and the fire in my eyes is still there,” Pacquiao said.

“That aggressiveness, the interest in this career is still there 100 percent. The speed and the power are still there.”

That showed in a gym session this week in Hollywood, where Pacquiao looked sharp and fast while hitting the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. The two have reunited for the fight, Pacquiao’s first in the U.S. in more than two years.

But while Pacquiao is favoured, there’s always a chance in boxing that age often catches up to a fighter in the wrong place — the ring.

Watch Pacquiao v Broner live on Main Event on the 20th January at 1pm

And that adds some intrigue to seeing a fighter who has been so much of a part of the fabric of boxing for the last 15 years.

“He’s unbelievable,” Roach said.

“His work ethic is great, he has fast hands and he still hits hard. I think he actually wants to knock this opponent out.”

That may be asking a lot since Pacquiao went nearly a decade without knocking anyone out before stopping Lucas Martin Matthysse in a fight in Malaysia last July. But if Pacquiao needed any more motivation he got it after Broner mocked the Parkinson’s that Roach has.

“Manny’s a great guy to have on your side,” Roach said.

“Pacquiao’s a legend,” Broner said.

“He’ll always go down as one of the best in the boxing business. But I just feel like it’s my time to take over this sport and I’m coming to take the throne from Pacquiao.”

Broner (33-3-1, 24 knockouts) certainly has the skills to do just that. He has long been considered an elite fighter, though he has lost most of his bigger fights and tends to be undisciplined in the ring.

To beat Pacquiao he will have to use his speed to match that of the Filipino senator, and figure out a way to deal with an unorthodox style that has puzzled opponents since Pacquiao began fighting for $2 purses so he could help his mother feed the family.

“Adrien Broner is not a tune-up fight,” Pacquiao said.

“He’s a former champion. He’s fast, he moves fast and he’s a good boxer.”

Both would profit with a win, with Broner regaining some of his reputation and Pacquiao putting himself in line for another possible huge payday against Mayweather, who still says he is officially retired.

Pacquiao blamed an injured shoulder for his poor performance in the 2015 bout, a lacklustre affair won by Mayweather. A second Mayweather fight would cap Pacquiao’s career and put him closer to retirement and full-time duties in the Senate in his home country. It’s on Pacquiao’s mind, as well as the mind of his millions of fans.

“You cannot avoid people will ask if there’s a rematch with Floyd Mayweather,” Pacquiao said, “because I think they have a big question mark in their mind and also in their heart about what happened in that fight.”

Let's get it on!


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