Hall of famer Manny Pacquiao has announced he will make the first defence of his WBA regular welterweight title against Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on January 19.
The 39-year-old Pacquiao (60-7-2) will be entering the ring for the first time since scoring his first K.O stopped for over 9 years against Lucas Mattysse where he went on to snatch the WBA title in emphatic fashion in July.
Broner (33-3-1) was last out in action back in April, where the brash American fought to a draw with Jessie Vargas in New York.
The 29-year-old, who now has 3 losses on his record along with 33 wins, will be hoping to regain the title that he once held back in 2013.
At a press conference on Monday, Pacquiao has been quoted as saying : “I know my opponent is fast, he is a high-calibre fighter. We have to work hard and train hard for this fight so that the people will be happy on January 19.
” I want to fight the greatest fighters and greatest opponents in the world and one of them is Adrien Broner.”
Broner added: “I’m really thankful. There were a lot of people who wanted this fight and God blessed me to get it. I guess I am just the chosen one.
“He’s a future hall-of-famer. It’s going to be a helluva fight. All the things he’s done in this game is unbelievable.
“I have only got a chance y’all could dream of, I don’t even know how I’m feeling right now. It means a lot to me. A win, I turn a legend overnight.”
Earlier this month, Pacquiao hinted at a rematch with Floyd Mayweather could be in play for the fall of 2019.
Speaking at Oxford University, he went onto say: “My thinking is to have a rematch and to make a clear decision on who will win the fight because in the last fight that we had it wasn’t clear who won the fight because he didn’t throw a lot of punches and he won the fight.”