ADRIEN Broner knew it was only a matter of time before he got involved in a marquee fight such as the one he’s having on January 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
But he didn't expect it to be against the legendary Manny Pacquiao.
“Honestly, I thought he (Pacquiao) would be done with boxing by now,” said Broner, who took time out from his holiday season training to host a media workout at the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach last week.
“I always knew that one day I would be having fights like this. I always knew I would have a fight of this magnitude on this platform, pay-per-view and all. And now I’m here.”
And like any other fighter, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is just as beatable, according to him.
“It’s not a mystery. He has seven losses,” Broner pointed out. “It’s not a mystery that he can lose, but anyone can lose on any given day."
“It’s whoever prepares the best, and I’m preparing myself to do what I need to do. I don’t care about stopping him or whether it’s a unanimous decision, as long as I’m victorious.”
Same as Pacquiao, who has now moved his training camp to the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, the 29-year-old Broner has no holiday break.
Trainer Kevin Cunningham said the camp has been going pretty well, much better actually than the one Broner had in his last fight against former world champion Jessie Vargas which ended in a majority draw.
“I think he’s having even a better camp than the last. He’s added a new strength and conditioning coach, and everything is working out perfect,” said Cunningham. “Camp is going extremely well and smooth. AB’s looking fast and explosive. I have no complaints.”
While Pacquiao is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title in his last fight, Broner had been held to a draw and lost a unanimous decision against Mikey Garcia in the last two matches he fought.
But that doesn’t deter the challenger from Cincinnati, Ohio, who is preparing to fight against ‘the best Pacquiao.’
“I didn’t see it (Matthysse fight), but I heard he (Pacquiao) looked good,” said Broner (33-3-1-1, 24 KOs). I don’t know what to expect. I’m just going to go out there and do what I have to do to get the victory.”