Adrien Broner has promised to whip himself into shape for the New Year despite being obviously overweight.
The multi-weight world champion has begun training for a clash with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
Broner has competed as low as 130 pounds during his career. But the Cincinnati man was well above his latest fighting poundage of 144 pounds recently.
The 29 year-old has a lot of work to do having been out of the ring for seven months.
Last competing in April when drawing with Jessie Vargas, Broner is without a win in almost two years.
Despite that fact, ‘The Problem’ is set to challenge for Pacquiao’s WBA welterweight title subject to approval.
Whoever comes out on top in the contest, slated for the MGM Grand in mid-January, will then move on to face Floyd Mayweather in the spring.
Pacquiao discussed a plan with Mayweather when the pair met in Japan a few weeks back. With the latter insisting they have warm-up bouts before a rematch.
Groans began as soon as the announcement of a second encounter was made, due to the nature of the first collision in May 2015.
Mayweather largely dominated the fight. Whilst Pacquiao blamed a shoulder injury for his performance.
‘MayPac’ remains the most lucrative Pay-Per-View of all time after sharing the spoils between Showtime and HBO.
This time around, Showtime will gain the full rights to stage ‘MayPac 2’. A result made easier by rivals HBO’s decision to leave boxing behind.
DAZN have been linked to signing both Mayweather and Pacquiao since the summer, although Al Haymon has now convinced the ‘Pacman’ to work with him on Premier Boxing Champions.
Pacquiao’s decision to sign on the dotted line will ensure Showtime remain the broadcasters.
The Broner outing and Mayweather’s return will be televised on SHO PPV hot on the heels of Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury.
Wilder and Fury trade blows in the biggest heavyweight title fight for some years, taking place in Los Angeles on December 1.