Pacquiao says '90 per cent' sure will face Broner

Aubrey Yates
October 21, 2018

"Floyd is going to fight on December 31st and I'm going to fight on January 12th", he said.

Skilled Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao will battle with the world champion in 4 divisions Adrien Bronero, informs "the Soviet sports activities".

Pacquiao said he would be fighting Broner next, either on January 12 or January 19.

Pacquiao himself announced the Broner showdown late Wednesday night during the formal turnover rights of a $100,000 donation made by Japan-based charitable organization ISPS Handa to the Emmanuel and Jinkee Heart Foundation at the Makati Shangri-La.

While there is no confirmation on a showdown between Broner and Pacquiao, the current WBA "regular" welterweight champion has signed with Al Haymon who advises Broner who fights under the Haymon controlled Premier Boxing Champions brand. Pacman stated that the deal is not done yet, but he's 90% sure the bout will happen.

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Still, Broner remains the best "practice opponent" for Pacquiao if he wants to beat the slick fighting Mayweather. "Basta laban lang tayo".

A fight likely wouldn't be made official until Pacquiao settles tax issues with the U.S. government after racking up an eight-figure debt to the Internal Revenue Service.

The two former pound-for-pound kings met in the richest fight in boxing history back in 2015, with the American winning via decision.

Since then Pacquiao has defied calls to retire and promised to fight again, which has prompted unclear reports about a range of possible contenders. "If I can finish it earlier than seven rounds, why not", Pacquiao said.

Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), 29, of Cincinnati, who has won world titles in four weight classes, is 0-1-1 in his past two fights, having lost a clear decision to Mikey Garcia in July 2017 followed by a draw with Vargas in April.

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