MANNY Pacquiao fights in the US for the first time in two years as he stakes his World Boxing Association welterweight title against Adrian Broner on Jan. 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 12-round fight was formally announced on Monday in New York (Tuesday, Manila time) in the first of a short two-city press tour featuring both fighters.
This will be Pacquiao's first fight in the US since scoring a unanimous decision against Jessie Vargas in Nov. 2016 to annex the World Boxing Organization version of the 147-lbs belt.
It will also be the first of several bouts Pacquiao is expected to make under Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions after finally severing ties with long-time handler Top Rank.
"I just want to prove I'm still in boxing, Manny Pacquiao is still in boxing, and my journey in boxing is continuing," said the Filipino ring great, who turns 40 next month.
But Broner, younger by 10 years and definitely a dangerous opponent, has other things going through his mind.
"I win, I turn legend overnight," he said. "I got the whole 'hood' with me like he has the whole Philippines with him."
After the New York presser, the two parties will proceed to Los Angeles for the final promotional tour of the fight.