LAS VEGAS - Six hours before he'd take center stage for the first time in U.S. soil since November 5, 2016, Manny Pacquiao took a little nap, a power nap.
Nobody knows whether the 40 winks were induced by the lazy afternoon hour or the boredom that has set in after the flurry of activities that have dictated his routine since camp for the Adrian Broner fight opened some nine weeks ago.
But everyone is willing to concede that the Filipino senator will administer his brand of executive punishment on the loquacious American who has been spewing a lot of verbal diarrhea every chance he got.
So this is how it will go.
The rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat of Manny's punches will silence the tak-tak-tak-tak of Broner's mouth.
Don't get too excited, though, There won't be a knockout. Just an easy, satisfying unanimous decision.
The only thing going for Broner is that he is 11 years younger and has way less wear and tear owing to the fact that he has only fought 37 times while Pacquiao has been to 69 battles, a huge portion of which were epic wars against stiff, Hall-of-Fame competition.
Although Broner has 24 KOs to his name, he hasn't really fought an elite fighter outside of Mikey Garcia. Pacquiao, meanwhile, has eliminated a murderers' row of suspects that include Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Oscar Dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, among others.
Broner will use his youth and quickness to stave off Pacquiao, but once he feels the burn of PacMan's blows, Broner will use the same legs to run and run and run. Just like his former tutor, Floyd Mayweather.
Forty is forty. And there's no masquerading that. Like many other greats before him, Manny has showed some subtle decline. But history being the best educator we've learned in the past that when a boxer ages the last thing to go is the power.
After all the words were said and gimmicks made, Broner will just end up getting a decent paycheck and a mild whooping.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, our cherished Luke, will get a chance to finally conquer his Darth Vader - Pretty Boy.
POWER BREAKFAST. Although I wasn't required to meet any weight limit today the weighing scales told me this morning that I was 157 and hungry.
So with roughly 11 hours to burn before chronicling the Pacquiao-Broner saga from my ringside seat (Floor G Row H #10) I had a power breakfast with a few friends at Seafood City where I ignored the risks of a heart attack and rapid fired my chews upon the helpless bowl of lechon kawali and a few pieces of tuyo.
While slowly feeling my blood pressure rise, I saw former PBA player and Cebuano college star Rey Yncierto. It was meals and memories as we walked back in time and reminisced about the glory days of the University of Cebu, then Cebu Central Colleges.
Yncierto and his pals from Oxnard - Glenn Pilones and Arnold Gomez - are in Vegas to watch the fight (duh!).
What is that?
If you're watching the live feed of the Pacquiao-Broner tiff today, keep an eye on the wide and overhead shots and you will see the large logo of party list Wow Pilipinas at the center of the ring with two other smaller logos on the corners.
It's political season in the Philippines and the madness has encroached U.S. waters.
Wow Party List must really have a lot of cash to be able to supplant Mexican beer giant Tecate from the signature sponsorship ad in a major boxing title title.