Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Is Manny Pacquiao still a major attraction in boxing?

Is Manny Pacquiao still a major attraction in boxing?

One thing Pacquiao wasn't interested in doing was discussing future fights, particularly a potential rematch against Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao was not spared from the same question once more, and the Filipino boxer-senator said it all depends on what Mayweather decides, Boxingscene.com reported.

It was an involuntary muscle contraction caused by the impact of a solid left hook Manny Pacquiao landed on Fernandez's palm during their mitts session Thursday afternoon, January 10 (Friday, January 11, Manila time) at Wild Card Boxing Club here. "I'm focused on Adrien Broner and Pacquiao and I'm focused on getting this victory", he said.

But with an upset victory against legendary eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao on January 19 (Showtime PPV, 9 p.m. ET) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Broner believes he can change the perception that many have of him as an underachiever.

For the benefit of those who may not know, there was a time when Broner and Mayweather were tight but have since had an on-and-off relationship.

Leo Santa Cruz - If Broner will train harder and be 100% prepared, he could beat Manny Pacquiao.

"We've only discussed up until Monday right now", Roach told Sporting News.

Manny Pacquiao played down reports linking him to a bid for the presidency of the Philippines on Wednesday, insisting he remained exclusively focused on the twilight of his boxing career. He's going to go down as one of the best in the business.

"But I'm not thinking about that now".

Since then, despite adding a light-welterweight title to his CV, Broner has been labelled the great under-achiever of American boxing, losing twice more against Shawn Porter and Mikey Garcia, as well as drawing his last bout with Jessie Vargas in April. "A win here and I'm a legend overnight". Manny Pacquiao kind of refuses to do that. It's amusing to me Mayweather would be there on that night in particular unless he's trying to see what kind of interest there is in another fight after the first one was so uninspiring.

Manny Pacquiao has been considered a top contender for the Philippines presidency since he became a member of the senate and talk of him becoming leader of his country has picked up steam again. Although big name fighters like Vladimir Klitsko, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones successfully fought over the age of 40, they are the exception.

Roach said: "Floyd put himself on TV for a reason".

Pac Man picked up the WBA welterweight crown with a seventh-round defeat of Lucas Martin Matthysse last July in Kuala Lumpur, but was beaten by underdog Jeff Horn in Brisbane in his sole bout of 2017.

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