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NEW YORK, USA – Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and former world welterweight champion Adrien Broner will announce details Monday, November 19, in New York about their upcoming bout, expected in January at Las Vegas.
Pacquiao owns the World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA ‘super champion’ Keith Thurman, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur – his first knockout win since 2009.
The southpaw, 60-7 with 2 drawn and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, turns 40 next month while American Broner is 33-3 with 1 drawn and 24 knockouts.
Broner and Pacquiao are set to talk Monday at New York’s Gotham Hall and Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills to promote the bout, which is expected to be staged January 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in 8 different weight divisions, said last month he was 90 percent certain he would next fight Broner, a former four-division world champion.
Pacquiao, also a senator in the Philippines, lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn last year in Brisbane.
Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Haymon’s main rival, for the past 14 years.
The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the best in the welterweight division as Haymon’s fighters include Americans Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts; World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter 29-2 with 1 drawn and 17 knockouts and International Boxing Federation champion Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts. – Rappler.com