Adrien Broner is backing himself to knock Manny Pacquiao out when the pair collide on January 19 in Las Vegas.
‘The Problem’ bids to win another title when he challenges Pacquiao for the WBA welterweight strap. Broner will be seeking a KO when the times comes.
“I’m real thankful hearing that he was coming over to PBC, ‘Pacquiao’s Broner Crisis’. I’m happy – there are a lot of people that wanted this fight and god blessed me to get it. I guess I’m just the chosen one. What can I say about Pacquiao, he’s a future Hall of Famer,” said Broner.
“I had to call my momma after I looked in the mirror to say we finally made it to pay-per-view at 29. I’m the only African-American do to that.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight. I’m not coming to just pick up a check. I know when I win this fight, there’s more money to come.
“This fight means a lot to me. A win and I turn legend overnight. I got the whole hood with me just like he has the whole Philippines with him. I don’t even know how to spell that. But I have the whole hood with me: H-O-O-D.
“Of course I consider Manny one of the elite fighters at 147. The things he’s done in this game are unbelievable. I talk trash, I play but I know on January 19 I have to be on top of my game. This is his break-out fight to be on the A-side. I know he isn’t trying to look bad. But I’m here to knock him out. I feel like a bum trying to fight for a sandwich.
“I’m not worried about what Manny does. He has to worry about what I’m doing. I have three losses and he has eight. But he has been knocked out three times so we know he can be put to sleep. He doesn’t need Nyquil for that, and I have the power to do it. He better be on his p’s and q’s because I’m trying to knock him out.
“If the knockout comes, it comes. I’m just focused on my win. I’m trying to win in good fashion and I’ll give it my all,” he added.
A Broner win could put to bed a blueprint for Floyd Mayweather to fight Pacquiao himself in 2019.
Plans are afoot for ‘MayPac 2’ on the back of the most lucrative fight of all time in 2015.
Mayweather claimed victory when Pacquiao cited an injured shoulder and knows only Broner stands in the way of another nine-figure paycheck.