Adrien Broner emerges as contender to face Manny Pacquiao

Nick Giongco 23/12/2015

Adrien Broner, the Floyd Mayweather protégé who loves to talk like his benefactor, confirmed yesterday that he is being offered to serve as the farewell foe of Manny Pacquiao.

As reported by the Bulletin almost two weeks ago, Broner said in a video interview that Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Pacquiao, reached out to him and asked him to become the Filipino’s opponent.

Broner, holder of a 31-2 record with 23 KOs, told interviewers that he relishes facing left-handers like Pacquiao.

“I love fighting soutpaw’s, man, just check my record,” said the 26-year-old Broner, who hails from Cincinnati.

Saying that should he and Pacquiao get it on, fight fans will be guaranteed “a hell of a fight,” describing himself as a “young rising star against an elite Hall of Famer on his way out.”

But Broner feels he has what it takes to get the better of the 37-year-old fighting congressman.


“Can’t wait to send him home back to the Philippines and become governor,” he said, knowing that Pacquiao is running for public office but unaware of the position his potential foe is aspiring for.

Still, Broner was modest enough to keep his feet planted on the ground when taunted by a tricky question.

“You can’t put a pass nobody. This is boxing and it only takes one shot,” said Broner, when asked whether Pacquiao is already dones.

Team Pacquiao hasn’t made any announcement about the details of his planned April 9 fight, leaving Top Rank boss Bob Arum at a loss.

Arum is dangling the names of Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford, both fighting under his promotional banner.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks