One place you won't find Pacquiao is in exhibition matches like the one his former rival Floyd Mayweather fought last month against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa - a one-sided win for the American that was widely panned. I don't listen to any gossip about Adrien Broner, I just focus on my training.
Manny Pacquiao has been considered a top contender for the Philippines presidency since he became a member of the senate and talk of him becoming leader of his country has picked up steam again. Pacquiao is reuniting with longtime trainer Freddie Roach for his clash with Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, following a two-year rupture in what was once regarded as one of the most tightly knit fighter-trainer relationships in boxing. Though Pacquiao told the Times the thinking in his heart is "that there will be [another] fight", he seemed resigned to Mayweather being retired in Tuesday's episode of Inside PBC Boxing on FS1. "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". "And, you know, I'm focused on getting this victory and I'm gonna go to the drawing board with my team - Stephen Espinoza and Al Haymon - and we gonna make bigger moves".
"I'm just ready to go out there and prove the naysayers wrong", he said.
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For the time being though Pacquiao insists he is not looking past Broner.
"My plan is to take it one fight at a time". A win would mean a lot. "That's what I understand about exhibitions", he said. "I can not say about the future until Jan.19". Hes got us on his back, says Ross. "I've got to take it seriously", he said.
"It's going to be a hell of a fight". I just feel it's my time. Both fighters know that what happens next in their career is highly dependent on the outcome of this fight. You can't overlook anybody in this sport. This exposes that the focus is to throw the right hand hopefully catching the champion, a feat that Broner will need to execute perfectly. It's not a mystery - he's been knocked out before. And he's been put down a lot, too.
That's boilerplate Manny. Five years ago, it would have sounded naïve, more moments of Manny uttering platitudes.
Chris Algieri - I think every version of Pacquiao will beat him. "I will show all the tools in my arsenal and show all the weaknesses in his".