Adrien Broner has been calling out Manny Pacquiao for a welterweight match since his victory against Carlos Molina. Adrien Broner, nicknamed “The Problem,” has been making a case for himself since 2014 back when Manny Pacquiao just fought Bradley in their first rematch.
Adrien Broner thinks his fighting style, being similar to Floyd Mayweather jr. could pose problems for Pacquiao, too, and Freddie Roach welcomed the challenge. He believes a fight with Broner will turn out more entertaining because he is more offensive minded.
But as rumors have strengthened regarding a Manny Pacquiao comeback fight (nobody really believed he was retiring anyway), there have been reports stating that negotiations with Broner have failed.
In an interview with Boxingscene, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said, “That is correct (That Broner priced himself out). I was dealing with Al Haymon in making that fight. Al tried but Broner was asking for crazy money that nobody could afford so he is out, and Manny is out looking for another opponent.”
It looks like after years of talking, it finally fizzles out to be just that- talk. And it is not that the promoters could not afford that fight, but they don’t see how the match up could be worth so much.
The financial aspects of the negotiations have not been revealed during the interview.
Had the negotiations pushed through, the odds would have been heavily against Adrien Broner who’s been defeated by Carlos Maidana and Shawn Porter, both of whom aren’t regarded to be on Pacquiao’s level.
Adrien Broner wasn’t regarded as a live threat back then, and he still isn’t deemed one now as Pacquiao un-retires. But it was supposedly good enough for entertainment value, and to keep busy until the next big fight.
On Manny Pacquiao’s next fight, Arum says, “He is going to fight. I don’t know what the date is. He is working with the President of the Philippines senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two to three weeks to prepare for the fight.
Adrien Broner has not made any comment yet on the issue. Meanwhile, it seems it’s no longer a question of “If” Pacquiao ever fights again, but when.
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