Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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Manny Pacquiao not overlooking Adrien Broner for Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao not overlooking Adrien Broner for Mayweather

Trainer Buboy Fernandez says Manny Pacquiao, even at 40, has gotten stronger. Fight fans may not appreciate this passive approach but if Broner is to win, he needs to match Pacquiao's boxing IQ. On Wednesday, you could find space on the ring apron with only mild elbowing necessary.

"This is my first pay-per-view but I was always supposed to be here". He is the more explosive and fast fighter.

With Mayweather retired, Pacquiao is the most recognizable active boxer today. A decade ago, Pacquiao may have been the most recognizable athlete of the time.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr made another freaky return to the ring on New Year's Eve when dismantling Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa inside a round of what was billed as an exhibition match. Fighters are always searching for the flawless moment to end things on their own terms - a loss to Mayweather derailed hopes of that - unless we get the rematch nobody asked for. "During an interview with TMZ Sports ahead of Adrien Broner fight, the Filipino legend was being the nice guy that he is, quoting sentences like 'It's easy to say, but hard to do" and "I'm not prediciting the fight". "I told him when we were alone, I want him to become president", Duterte said in 2017. Yet nearly as if on cue, the former adversaries were both courtside at the Clippers game at STAPLES Center.

"It's another beginning. I'm already a star in boxing, but a win here and I'm taking over the sport".

Their 2015 fight came together after the two met courtside at a Miami Heat game, meeting at a nearby hotel to try and hammer out the details. However, Pacquiao has made it clear in the past that he wanted to be "an inspiration to everyone". Perhaps the Broner fight is a good test to that - at 29, Broner is at his physical peak but has always come up short in his biggest moments. If Pacquiao struggles mightily but wins, maybe his handlers steer him away from guys like Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr. "If he wants a rematch, then there's a rematch".


If the reports are true, Broner will patiently wait for Pacquiao to open up. He said he's in retirement.

Regardless, the focus right now is on a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao sequel. If not, Manny Pacquiao's speed and volume will beat him.

Fernandez had his baptism of fire as chief trainer past year when Pacquiao overpowered Lucas Matthysse of Argentina to win the WBA 147-lb title in Malaysia when Hall of Famer Freddie Roach didn't get a call-up. Hes got us on his back, ” says Ross. He is expected to leave for Las Vegas on Monday. Tuesday and Thursday we haven't really talked about it or decided anything yet. Although big name fighters like Vladimir Klitsko, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones successfully fought over the age of 40, they are the exception. Pacquiao secured his first knockout in nearly nine years.

"His last fight he did stop Matthysse, so I'm pretty sure he still has power, but I'm going to be ready, I'm going to be ready for whatever he brings to the table", Broner said. He's getting older, it's part of life. Manny Pacquiao kind of refuses to do that.

"I have no problem fighting anybody as long as there is no problems with the negotiations", said Pacquiao.

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