This weekend, one of the most recognisable athletes in the world and boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao will step inside the ring for the 70th time against four-division world champion Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight will be available on Showtime PPV. This is a mega-fight and in a true sense a fight that could bring a more mainstream appeal to Adrien Broner, who is headlining his first ever PPV bout.
However, it’s not going to be easy for Broner who is a massive underdog in this fight. He’s currently a +230 underdog, meaning you’d win $230 if you bet $100 on him to triumph (Pacquiao is -300, which means you’d have to put down $300 to have the chance to win $100).
This fight will be a clash of styles for both the fighters. Pacquiao will be constantly applying the pressure on Broner and keep him guarded on the ropes. Broner will be on the defensive and will be trying to keep Pacquiao off him with his combination punching.
However, Pacquiao will be coming in very confident into this fight as he is coming off of a knockout win against Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia last year. It was his first knockout win in a decade.
“I want to go out there and make all the people happy,” Pacquiao said. “The knockout in my last fight felt good. It felt like my younger days against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and others.
Broner is coming off a draw in his last fight against Jessie Vargas last year.
Make no mistake if the Pacquiao from 2006 to 2012 version turns up, it’s going to be a long night for Broner. Pacquiao could expose Broner at distance and up close with his feet and hit him with hard combos.
If I had to pick a winner, I would go with Manny Pacquiao comfortably outboxing Broner and take this fight via unanimous decision.