We will be treated to the first major boxing prize fight of 2019 on Saturday night. Manny Pacquiao makes his return to the ring to put his secondary WBA welterweight world title on the line against one of the more controversial names in the sport, Adrien Broner. The bout will go down inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which is very fitting to get the 2019 calendar year in boxing started.
Pacquiao, (60-7-2, 39 KOs) boxing’s only eight-division world champion, notched his first stoppage win over 8 1/2 years in his last time out in July when he defeated Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round to capture the WBA belt. It had been rumored that Pacquiao would be meeting Floyd Mayweather once again after a social media post of the two legends in Tokyo went viral last in September. Instead, Mayweather took an exhibition bout against Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve and has vowed to remain retired, so Pacquiao shifted his focus to Broner.
After winning three consecutive fights, the last two fights for Broner (33-3-1, one no contest, 24 KOs) have been shaky. The former four-division world champion got decimated by Mikey Garcia, losing a lopsided decision in July 2017. He followed that up with a draw against Jessie Vargas in April. Vargas won the first half of the fight with Broner making a strong run in the second half. Pundits were split on who actually won. Negotiations for a rematch went nowhere as Vargas went on to sign a deal to fight on DAZN.
When is the Pacquiao vs. Broner fight?
Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner commences on Saturday, Jan. 19. The main card begins at 9 p.m. Pacquiao and Broner are expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 11:30 p.m.
How do I watch Pacquiao vs. Broner?
The Pacquiao vs. Broner is available on Showtime pay-per-view for $74.99.
Where is the Pacquiao vs. Broner fight?
Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner will fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It is the first time Pacquiao has fought in the United States since a November 2016 victory of Vargas and the first time at the MGM since his April 2016 win over Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao vs. Broner betting odds
According to ProBoxingOdds.com, Manny Pacquiao is a -303 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $303 to win $100. Meanwhile, Broner is a +246 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $246.
“I still have that killer instinct and the fire in my eyes is still there,” Pacquiao said.
“That aggressiveness, the interest in this career is still there 100 percent. The speed and the power are still there.”
That showed in a gym session this week in Hollywood, where Pacquiao looked sharp and fast while hitting the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach. The two have reunited for the fight, Pacquiao’s first in the U.S. in more than two years.
But while Pacquiao is favoured, there’s always a chance in boxing that age often catches up to a fighter in the wrong place — the ring.
Watch Pacquiao v Broner live on Main Event on the 20th January at 1pm
And that adds some intrigue to seeing a fighter who has been so much of a part of the fabric of boxing for the last 15 years.
“He’s unbelievable,” Roach said.
“His work ethic is great, he has fast hands and he still hits hard. I think he actually wants to knock this opponent out.”
That may be asking a lot since Pacquiao went nearly a decade without knocking anyone out before stopping Lucas Martin Matthysse in a fight in Malaysia last July. But if Pacquiao needed any more motivation he got it after Broner mocked the Parkinson’s that Roach has.
“Manny’s a great guy to have on your side,” Roach said.
*Can I live stream This Match?
You can also catch the fight on the ITV Hub, Sky Go and Virgin TV Go.
Freeview’s online version, TVPlayer, will also have all the action.
**When is Pacquiao vs Broner Fight?
This world title fight will take place on January 19, 2019.
It will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
As such, it is expected the bout will start at around 4am in the UK – that’s 10pm local time.