Pacquiao questions Mayweather exhibition KO, won’t overlook Broner
Manny Pacquiao addressed the situation regarding a rematch with Floyd Mayweather if only skating over what might be to come.
The Filipino Senator faces Adrien Broner on Saturday night before a possible return with Mayweather later this year.
Mayweather brushed off his cobwebs in an exhibition fight with Tenshin Nasukawa in December. The Money Man wasted no time knocking out the Japanese kickboxer in one round of the full contact bout.
Pacquiao, asked directly about the warm-up fight and whether they could meet, refused to overlook Broner.
“About the exhibition of Floyd Mayweather in Japan, it’s my first time to see an exhibition that you knock your opponent out,” questioned Pacquiao.
“Supposedly an exhibition is just to entertain people and nothing serious for three rounds. That’s what I understand about exhibitions.
“Adrien Broner is not a tune-up fight. He’s a former champion. He’s fast, he moves fast and he’s a good boxer. And that’s why I don’t want to talk about my next fight until we finish this. I finish this business against Adrien Broner on January 19.
“I think it just happened that some promotors and some people are most of the people they wanted me to fight there to see me live in-person. So, that’s an opportunity for them that they can see my fight.
“I still have that killer instinct and the fire in my eyes is still there. That aggressiveness, the interest in this career is still there 100%. The speed, the power are still there. I’m so thankful to God.
“I’m not saying I’m going to predict for this fight. I will do my best and I look forward to this the same as the last fight. But no prediction, I will do my best with what we did in training camp.
“Let me take care of this January 19 and then I have to worry about who is my opponent next. I have no problem to fight anybody as long as there’s not a problem about negotiation.
“But my plan is just one at a time,” he added.
ABOUT PACQUIAO VS. BRONER (📸 Chris Farina)
Pacquiao vs. Broner is headlined by Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is boxing’s only eight-division world champion.
He is ending his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring to defend his World Boxing Association Welterweight World Title.
Pacquiao fights against former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien “The Problem” Broner.
The contest happens Saturday, January 19 in the main event of a SHOWTIME PPV® event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. It will feature two-division world champion Badou Jack. The Mayweather fighter battles unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne. The pair duke it out for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title.
Former world champion Rau’shee Warren taking on France’s Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship.