Manny Pacquiao says his primary focus is Adrien Broner
Manny Pacquiao talks about his upcoming fight against Adrien Broner and a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is set to defend his title against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24KOs) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 19. Pacquiao felt that Broner was the best opponent before a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) due to their similar styles. Although he is open to the rematch, he insists that his only focus is on the fight against Broner.
“I’m not thinking about that,” said Pacquiao, on a potential rematch with Mayweather. “I’m thinking about this January 19. I cannot give you assurance for that. It’s good if that fight happens, then the questions about the Mayweather fight would stop. People are asking about the rematch with Mayweather all over again.”
Mayweather promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe also thought that it was too early to talk about a rematch with Mayweather. He pointed out that he and Mayweather have had a discussion on the possibilty.
“It would be up to him (Mayweather),” said Ellerbe. “That’s his choice, he always makes the decisions when it comes to his fights; and who he wants to fight next. It would totally be up to him.”
It appears that choosing an opponent with a similar style to that of Mayweather’s is one step towards getting the rematch. Pacquiao also finds some of the remarks made by Broner leading up to the fight to be quite funny.
“I think after his boxing career, he has another career,” said Pacquiao, drawing laughter from the media. “There’s another career after his boxing career, a comedian career.”