REIGNING World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterweight champion Adrian Broner claimed he is being considered as possible opponent of Manny Pacquiao for what could be the farewell bout of the Filipino ring sensation in the summer of 2016.
Broner, 26, said the Pacquiao camp has already sent feelers to him about fighting the eight-division world champion in his scheduled ring comeback on April 9.
The Ohio native made the assertion in a vide interview with FightHype.com.
“I hear they want me to fight Pacquiao next...Michael Koncz actually called me...we waiting to hear from him,” said Broner, who also previously held world titles as a lightweight, super-featherweight, and welterweight.
Broner’s name is now added to the list being considered by the Pacquiao camp and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as foe of the 37-year-old pride of General Santos City, who will be running for a Senate seat in next year’s national polls.
Among the early frontrunners are old Pacquiao rival Timothy Bradley, the current World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title holder, and WBO junior welterweight champion Terrence Crawford.
Former Pacquiao sparring partner and world champion Amir Khan is considered a longshot.
The Pacman has not fought since losing a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr in boxing richest fight ever held last May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The congressman from the province of Sarangani was supposed to name his next opponent the day before the Nonito Donaire-Cesar Juarez WBO super-bantamweight title showdown, but the supposed live interview was called off at the last moment as Pacquiao said he wasn’t ready to make the announcement yet.
Broner is now making a case for himself.
“I love fighting southpaws, man...he's a great guy,” said the American, who holds a 31-2 record, with 23 KOs.
He also hinted at the potential of a 12-round fight pitting a rising star like him against a great but ageing fighter in Pacquiao.
“It'll be a hell of a fight...young rising star against an elite Hall of Famer going out,” added Broner.
The four-division world champion won the WBA 140-lb. crown in his last bout in October – a 12th round technical knockout win over Khabib Allakhverdiev.