The Filipino great will return early in 2019
Manny Pacquiao is set to return to the ring against the famously loud-mouthed Adrien Broner on January 19 in Las Vegas.
The eight-division world champion will face off against America’s former four-division ruler early next year in what will be the Filipino’s first bout since linking up with Al Haymon’s PBC (Premier Boxing Champions).
At the first press conference to announce their fight, Broner lived up to his reputation and trash talked Pacquiao, who opted to remain respectful as ever and refrained from responding.
The 29-year-old began: “I’m real thankful hearing that he was coming over to PBC – Pacquiao’s Broner Crisis.
“What can I say about Pacquiao? He’s a future hall of famer. He does some great things.
“His top three is singing… promoting Hennessey [Whiskey]… and planking.”
The 39-year-old legend has been heavily linked with a potential Floyd Mayweather rematch since the pair met at a Japanese music festival in September and agreed to fight again.
When asked about this, Pacquiao admitted he had one eye on a second bout against his former foe, but reaffirmed that he would not look past the opposition in front of him.
“Adrien Broner is a good boxer,” Pacquiao answered, “We cannot underestimate him. Everyone knows Adrien Broner is a good, experienced boxer.
“But Floyd, we met in Japan, we talked and he said he wanted to come out of retirement to fight me.
“I’m a person that doesn’t want to say trash talk. Just to fight. All I know is to fight in the ring.”
Despite Pacquiao’s attempt to stay respectful, Broner responded in typical fashion.
The American declared: “F*** Floyd man – no disrespect – but he ain’t fighting Floyd, he‘s fighting me.
“I’m about to beat your motherf***ing ass. You worrying about Floyd? He already beat you brother.
“They keep on talking about rematches, you gotta get past me first.”