There’s a rumor going around in boxing circles about ongoing negotiations for an October fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien “The Problem” Broner.
However, Top Rank chief Bob Arum denies the rumor that was first put forward by Golden Boy VP Eric Gomez.
Adrien Broner called out Paquiao back in 2014 after his unanimous decision victory over Carlos Molina, but nobody took it seriously. He said he wanted to fight the eight-division world champion before he retired from boxing, but Broner’s fight that night was not convincing to anyone that he deserved a shot.
Prior to Broner’s match against Carlos Molina, the hard-hitting Marcos Maidana knocked him down twice during Broner’s first WBA welterweight title defense. Maidana, known for his aggressive style of fighting, never gave Broner the space he needed to counter-punch effectively.
The Argentinian prizefighter swarmed Broner right from the outset of the match, following the brilliant game plan devised by Robert Garcia. He attacked him hard to the body and later on mixed it up, which left Broner humbled and confused.
After winning his last two fights, Broner made an announcement that he would be moving up in weight. Being in the same division as Manny Pacquiao, rumor has it that both are scheduled to fight later this year.
Manny Pacquiao officially retired from boxing earlier this year after he fought Timothy Bradley, but his long-time coach Freddie Roach said this is a fight he is excited about.
“Broner’s a friend of mine. He is, I met him on his fourth pro fight, He was a much different person back then, he was real nice to me. But the old Manny is coming back a little bit and I can’t wait to see the fight and we’d be going for the knockout.” Roach said.
Pacquiao may not be the same offensive-minded fighter he once was, but boxing pundits believe he’d still be too much for Adrien Broner. During the latter’s previous matches at the Welterweight division, he didn’t appear to be as strong as he was at the lower weight class.
He is a natural 140-pounder, and seems to slow down as he puts in more weight. If a slower Marcos Maidana could knock him down, imagine what a faster, stronger Manny Pacquiao would do to him?
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