Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring on January 19th to defend his WBA welterweight title against Adrien Broner, in a fight that could spell the end of his illustrious career if he fails to win. Broner, once regarded as one of the most talented fighters in the division, comes into the fight off the back of a loss to Mikey Garcia and a draw with Jessie Vargas with victory for the American putting him back in the welterweight world champion ranks. The world’s most credible boxing voice, Boxing News, gets back into the ring with FansBet, with their betting preview for the fight and if you are after some value then check out our selection of enhanced odds for the fight.
What Does Pacquiao Have Left?
If this contest had happened in 2012, it could have been one of the biggest in the history of boxing. Back when Manny Pacquiao was at the top of his game and Adrien Broner was exhibiting so much potential it seemed almost certain he was going to take over the sport.
But in 2019 there are just too many miles on both of their clocks for this to be anything other than an intriguing contest between two of the most enduring attractions in the fight game.
Pacquiao is now 40 years old, with world titles in seven divisions and a Hall of Fame career behind him. Since 2012 he’s lost four times with each defeat stealing a layer from his formidable reputation. But Pacquiao, at the age of 40, remains something of a phenomenon, simply for continuing to operate at such a high level at an advanced age.
In his most recent outing, he stopped rugged and feared Argentinian, Lucas Matthysse, to pick up the lightly regarded WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title in July last year.
The championship should not be regarded as a bona fide world belt but the victory certainly reminded everyone that Pacquiao, 60-7-2 with 39 KOs, is still a force to be reckoned with.
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The Mayweather Factor
Pacquiao remains driven by the possibility of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, who comfortably outscored him in their 2015 extravaganza.
Mayweather insists he’s retired but should the Filipino veteran defeat Broner impressively it is not out of the question that Floyd – driven hard by money – would come back for a sequel he’d be heavily favoured to win.
The Mayweather factor will not be lost on Broner, either. Broner chased a showdown with Floyd – once his idol and manager – for several years when Mayweather was still an active fighter.
But Broner’s failure to dedicate his life to boxing cost him.
While Pacquiao’s dip in form since 2012 can largely be attributed to his advancing years, Broner’s erratic output can be blamed on his erratic lifestyle. Exceptionally talented he might be, but his dedication has been lacking since he started earning serious money.
He balloons in weight. He gets arrested, a lot. In short, it’s been a long time since we saw the best of him. But – and with Broner there’s always a but – he’s still only 29. And faced with a challenge like Pacquiao, and all the rewards beating him will bring, it is not outlandish to suggest Broner will be more motivated than ever before.
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Pacquiao v Broner Betting Tips And Who Wins
The favourite is Manny Pacquiao for good reason. Even in middle age he throws punches in ludicrously high volume while Broner is generally content to wait for the chance to counter.
This tactic has seen him outworked by top-level operators like Marcos Maidana, Mikey Garcia and Shawn Porter. In his most recent outing, an April 2018 12-rounder with Jessie Vargas, he was thought lucky to get a draw.
So it’s hard to see anything other than a points win for Pacquiao who should dominate for long periods simply by being the more active fighter. He is not the puncher he was, though, and Broner – for all his faults – is as tough and durable as they come. With that in mind, a KO win for Pacquiao seems unlikely.
A fighter as talented as Broner, particularly against a man 11 years his senior, is always worth a bet. The American carries underrated pop in his punches and his style will invite Pacquiao to him. The opportunities to land a spiteful counter-punch, and put Manny in all sorts of problems, will remain throughout their 12-rounder.
Take a look at the odds on the draw, too. Pacquiao throwing plenty but looking old while Broner picks his punches to steal rounds could make this an exceptionally close contest.
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