Adrien Broner looking to rejuvenate his career against Manny Pacquiao
Adrien Broner talks about capitalizing on the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao on Jan. 19.
The stakes will be high for Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) when he faces WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) for the title at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 19. Broner will look to dethrone the future Hall of Famer Pacquiao and become a world champion again; which will go a long way to rejuvenate his career.
“S–t, you know I got something to say,” said Broner. “S–t. First of all I wanna thank everyone for coming out, but I’m mad. I’m mad now, cause I’ve seen the real press conferences and they don’t look like this. They be open to the public and s—t, and everybody be in here and there will be like big crowds; and now this is just all media. But it’s alright though, it’s cool; I guess I gotta work my way up.”
Broner is a former four-division champion, having held world titles in the junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight; and welterweight divisions. He won the vacant WBO junior lightweight title after he defeated Vincente Martin Rodriguez by third-round knockout in November 2011. Broner then successfully defended the title twice before moving up to lightweight.
In November 2012, Broner moved up in weight to challenge then WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco for the title. He went on to defeat DeMarco by TKO in the eight round. He made only one successful defense of the title, a fifth-round TKO victory over Gavin Rees in February 2013; and then jumped up to the welterweight division.
Broner challenged then WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi for the title in June 2013. He pulled away with the victory by split decision. Broner would then go on to lose the title in his only defense against Marcos Maidana by unanimous decision in December 2013.
After the loss, Broner moved down to the junior welterweight division and defeated Carlos Molina for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title by unanimous decision in May 2014; giving him his fourth world title in as many divisions.
Broner has not picked up a victory in his last three high-profile fights (0-2-1) since then and has lost the star power he once carried. He lost unanimous decisions to Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia, and then fought to a majority draw against Jesse Vargas in April. Despite this, Broner feels confident about the opportunity he’s been given.
“It’s going be a hell of a fight,” said Broner. “All b—s–t aside, I’m not just coming to pick up a check; f–k the money. I know when I win this fight, there’s more money to come. And y’all gave a young, well excuse my language but this ain’t Nickelodeon; this is pay-per-view. Y’all gave a young n—a a chance to make $100 million.Y’all got me f—-d up if y’all think I’m about to lose to Manny Pacquiao man.”