Manny Pacquiao was hailed as boxing’s pound-for-pound king after seizing eight world titles in eight different divisions during his prime. However, despite a series of loss, ‘Pacman’ kept on fighting when most of the fans thought he should have called it a career.
In less than two weeks, the boxing icon (60-7-2, 39 KOs) will be taking on Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) on a Showtime pay-per-view event in Las Vegas. Broner’s first PPV headliner and Pacquiao’s first fight in the US since 2016 is, uh… surprisingly expensive.
The Filipino pride who has recently left Top Rank to join the Premier Boxing Champions roster is putting his WBA secondary welterweight title at stake on January 19. Yes, it’s the same night as the Cejudo vs Dillashaw MMA showdown on ESPN+.
As a matter of fact, Pacquiao’s last two fights were hosted on ESPN and ESPN+ respectively, so this month’s bout is his return on PPV. After the cost of the PPV card was revealed on Tuesday, most followers of the sport thought it’s not fan-friendly.
The 40-year-old usually makes a lot of money out of his fights, mostly airing them on regular Showtime or even FOX Sports. While his in-ring rivalry against Broner isn’t a bad matchup, it really is not “$75” compelling for pay-per-view.
The January 19 boxing card has been priced at $74.99 (for HD viewing), the same as Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury last month. Pacquiao’s last PPV fight against Jessie Vargas in 2016 did 300,000 buys, however, it’s his worst number since 2008 when he fought David Diaz.
Last week, Pacquiao who’s known for his impeccable speed predicted a knockout victory in his upcoming fight at the MGM Grand. Broner, on the other hand, thinks there is also a way for him to knock the boxing legend out.
In an interview with Fighthype.com, the former four division world champion explained how he can stop the Philippine senator, who suffered the only knockout of his career with a single counter from Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth bout in 2012.
“Timing beats speed, and everybody knows I got great timing. Timing beats everything, and this is just a good time for Adrien Broner and Pacquiao to fight. I’m ready physically, mentally and emotionally. I’m ready to go in there and let it all hang out.”
While both fighters are aiming a KO win, Jessie Vargas, the man who both had a taste of Pacquiao and Broner has an interesting prediction. According to his analysis, his most high profile conqueror Manny still has the upper hand.
“It’s a good fight. But I see Pacquiao beating him because of his speed, his endurance, his experience. His ring generalship is too much for Adrien Broner.”
“Adrien Broner takes his time and the minute that you take your time with Manny Pacquiao, he will take advantage of it and hit you with three or four punches. His speed is intense.”
— Read Boxing (@ReadBoxing) January 9, 2019
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