Pacman, Broner arrive at fight site.
TO a throng of excited fans and fellow Filipinos, Manny Pacquiao arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, looking good and feeling fine less than a week before climbing the ring to fight again.
“It’s been a while since I’ve fought here. Don’t miss this. It’s going to be once in a lifetime,” Pacquiao told sportswriters inside the MGM Grand, site of his most memorable victories in a legendary career.
This Saturday (Sunday, Manila time), the eight-time division world champion defends his World Boxing Association welterweight crown against American Adrien Broner in a bout that means so much to him.
“People say I appear happier in this fight. I am happy. I’m excited to be back in the US to fight again. Everyone has been so good to me here. It’s like a second home,” Pacquiao said.
On the same day, Broner checked in along with his team, confident he’s going to shock the world and earn respect, something that has been denied to him despite a ring record that’s good to be ignored.
“I’m just excited I’m the underdog and I know there are a lot of people that are here to see me lose. You’ll see on January 19,” said Broner, sporting a long beard that some fans likened him to NBA star James Harden.
“I’m so focused that I don’t feel any of this hype surrounding the fight. This just starts another chapter in my book. I hope I can turn all the Pacquiao fans to Broner fans,” Broner said.
This is one bout which the Filipino great wants so badly since a win may pave the way for a return meeting with the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, Jr. possibly in July.
But a loss may lead to Pacman entertaining thoughts of hanging up his gloves for good.
This is going to be Pacquiao’s first fight in American soil in two years. In his latest appearance in Las Vegas, he soundly defeated Timothy Bradley.
With his signature ‘Eye of the Tiger’ theme blaring in the background, Pacquiao and his entourage walked through a packed entrance as photographers clicked away.
The reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion then proceeded to a makeshift stage to greet the afternoon crowd.