ALL ACCESS Pacquiao vs Broner Episode 2 on Showtime

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2019

Nobody could ever question Pacquiao's professionalism or his heart, but the ravages of time must take a toll on even the greatest of champions. Although Pacquiao is slower and less powerful than his old self, he has displayed the ability over the past recent years to continue to leverage on his speed and strength despite his age.

Pacquiao is reuniting with longtime trainer Freddie Roach for his clash with Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, following a two-year rupture in what was once regarded as one of the more tightly knit fighter-trainer relationships in boxing. On Wednesday, you could find space on the ring apron with only mild elbowing necessary.

"This is my first PPV but I was always supposed to be here".

Punters can get 12/5 for the challenger to upset Pac Man and that is tempting enough to get the nod as our main Pacquiao vs Broner prediction. He is the more explosive and fast fighter. Still, tickets reportedly aren't moving quickly for this fight - though that can be attributed to coming so soon after the holidays and in Las Vegas during its most frigid month.

Adrien Broner has won world titles in four weight classes from junior lightweight to welterweight, but his three defeats, all by decision, each came when he stepped up to face the best opponents of his career: Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter and Marcos Maidana. A decade ago, Pacquiao may have been the most recognizable athlete of the time. Those days are clearly behind him, and at 40 years old, you wonder what is really left for him to accomplish. Boxing is my passion, and public service is my mission. One thing Pacquiao wasn't interested in doing was discussing future fights, particularly a potential rematch against Floyd Mayweather.

"I'd like to see Mayweather", Roach said when asked if there's another welterweight he'd like to see Pacquiao fight. "My plan is just one at a time".

Chris Algieri - I think every version of Pacquiao will beat him. Yet nearly as if on cue, the former adversaries were both courtside at the Clippers game at STAPLES Center. This was Filipino Heritage Night, and Pacquiao was an invited guest.

"I'm not taking this fight lightly". "What I want to do is maintain". However, Pacquiao has made it clear in the past that he wanted to be "an inspiration to everyone".

Video of Pacquiao at a media workout this week indicated he's in terrific condition, good enough to at least rain down successive punches onto Broner during the early moments. If Pacquiao struggles mightily but wins, maybe his handlers steer him away from guys like Keith Thurman and Errol Spence Jr.

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