MANNY Pacquiao made known what he intends to do when he faces Adrian Broner on January 19 in his first U.S. fight in two years.
“I am not making a prediction but my goal is to knock out Broner,” said the 40-year-old champion who holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) version of the welterweight title belt.
“I am looking for a knockout against Broner. I have to maximize the opportunity.”
That opportunity presented itself in Pacquiao’s last fight as he destroyed Lucas Matthysse of Argentina inside seven rounds to regain a piece of the 147-lb crown last July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It was the first knockout win for the legendary Filipino southpaw in almost a decade or since stopping Miguel Cotto in the 12-round of their 2009 title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The win obviously unlocked anew the ferocity within the ‘Pacman.’
“It felt great to win that way and the fans loved it, too, so why not try for it again?,” he said two weeks before he defends his crown against Broner in Las Vegas, marking the first time he will be fighting before the U.S. crowd since 2016.
"I have nothing personal against Adrien Broner. This fight is strictly business. He is fun. He makes me laugh. He knows how to sell himself and to sell a fight.”
Pacquiao hasn’t spared even the holiday season as he sparred even on New Year’s Day the way he did during Christmas.
He sparred 12 rounds with three different fighters in addition to doing a full session of bag work capped off with 1,000 abdominal exercises.
“He runs like a deer,” quipped Justin Fortune, who oversees Manny’s strength and conditioning. “No one can keep up with him. That’s the secret to his success - his work ethic and his stamina. He has the strongest foundation of any fighter with whom I’ve worked. His legs and calves still generate more power and speed than younger fighters.”
Long-time trainer and now fight supervisor Freddie Roach agrees 100 percent with Fortune.
“I think experience has made Manny a better fighter,” added Roach. “He still trains harder than anyone. I like Broner as a fighter. I think he has excellent boxing skills.
“But Broner has never faced anyone like Manny. Broner will be mentally exhausted within four rounds and physically spent within six. It will be impossible for Broner to keep pace with the Manny Pacquiao of this training camp.”