Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner meet face to face on Monday in New York for the press conference and formally announced their 19 January 2019 welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a venue packed with press and boxing personalities, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) was wearing a tuxedo and looking very calm. Broner (33-3-1 24 KOs) on the opposite side was wearing ripped jeans and a white t-shirt with a jacket on it. The venue wasn’t so ecstatic compared to Pacquiao’s earlier fights in the US. There few bursts of laughter from the crowd though, when Broner threw a few lines of his usual antics. But, you know, the guy already had three losses so the bravado isn’t like the way when “The Problem” was undefeated.
When Pacquiao was asked why he chose Broner, he said that “we can not underestimate him [Broner]. Everyone knows about Adrien Broner is good, experience boxer,” said Pacquiao.
When asked about a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. he said that “Floyd when we met in Japan, we talked and you know he said he wants to come out from retirement to fight me… to challenge me.”
In that situation, he tried to bully me or whatever. I answered that way because it is not part of my language. I’m a person that don’t want to say trash talk. All I know is just to fight in the ring,” said Pacquiao.
Broner’s response to Pacquiao talking about a rematch with Floyd, “you might get punched Manny!”
“You’ve got to get past me first big big mother fucker,” said Broner that drew laughter from the crowd.
When Broner asked about what it means to him to fight Pacquiao, Broner spoke in all honesty and seriously said “it means a lot to me honestly. A win, you know, I turn a legend overnight.”
Pacquiao was also asked his take about the elite young fighter who is now ruling the welterweight division like Crawford, Spence Jr., Thurman. Pacquiao’s response, I can fight anybody.” And I said, oh! Be careful what you wish Mr. Senator.
What do you think about this Pacquiao-Broner? Do you think there could ever be Pacquaio-Mayweather Jr. II?