This is 40: Pacquiao taking it one fight at a time

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 12, 2019

"My plan is now", he said, "one (fight) at a time". It's an old face.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr made another weird return to the ring on New Year's Eve when dismantling Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa inside a round of what was billed as an exhibition match.

For the next week-and-a-half, that somebody happens to be Adrien Broner, who gets headlines more for what he does outside of his boxing career. Only Broner's warrants are outstanding.

Pacquiao defends his WBA welterweight world title against Adrien "The Problem" Broner on January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Standing in a striking contrast, there's Pacquiao, a few years older than he was in his last American visit, yet as modest as ever. "I want to be an inspiration to the fans and the people not only inside the ring but also outside the ring". "Whatever path that God gives to me I will fulfill it".

That's boilerplate Manny. Five years ago, it would have sounded naïve, more moments of Manny uttering platitudes. But today there something comforting about those familiar words. Only at opening bell will we know whether he's the same within those ropes. But that unchanged modesty is a sure sign that at least some of the physical skills are still intact.

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. But will he? It says here he won't for reasons already seen.

Ray Mancini - Broner can fight. Fighters are always searching for the ideal moment to end things on their own terms - a loss to Mayweather derailed hopes of that - unless we get the rematch nobody asked for.

Broner and Ross have been good friends for a while now. I just can't wait till round one. He'll retreat, straight into another defeat.

That would spark intense speculation about what - who - is next for Pacquiao. And as one would expect, the much-talked-about rematch was in the air.

Pacquiao attended Tuesday night's Clippers home game for Filipino Heritage Night.

"Growing up and seeing Pacquiao fight, of course I always wanted to fight him". "It's definitely going to sweep a lot of things under the rug", he claimed.

Is Adrien Broner (center) a mere stepping stone for Manny Pacquiao in his quest to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. again? Floyd beat Pac Man on points in a 2015 blockbuster, returning scores of 116-112, 118-110, 116-112, but the beaten fighter was hampered by a shoulder injury and that took a bit of the shine off the result.

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