Pacquiao to solve Broner Problem

Manny Pacquiao steps back into the ring in the early hours of Sunday morning for his 70th professional bout. The eight-weight world champion turned 40 at the end of last year but remains a top level fighter.

Next up for PacMan is the controversial Adrien Broner. Once dubbed the next Floyd Mayweather Jr, the Problem is searching for his first win in two years in Las Vegas having let issues outside of the ring get in his way.

Age only a number for Pacquiao

Pacquiao might not be the devastating whirlwind he once was but is still a huge worldwide box office draw, hence why rumours of a rematch with Mayweather, who will attend this fight in person, will not go away.

Since his loss to Money, the Filipino has won three of his four fights, most recently stopping Lucas Matthysee to claim the WBA welterweight world title. That was Pacquiao’s first win inside the distance since 2014 and he’s unlikely to stop Broner, whose three career defeats have all come via the judges’ scorecards.

Instead, Pacquiao to win by decision at 2.00 looks the most likely outcome, while the fight to go the distance is 1.50.

Focus key for Broner

After a great start to his career, life appears to have got in the way of boxing for Broner, who is searching for that defining win. Now 29, time is slipping away for the three-weight world champion, who followed up his loss to Mikey Garcia with a draw against Jessie Vargas in his last fight.

Broner is stepping back up to welterweight for this bout and is 0-3 in that division but will hope his Mayweather-esque style can cause Pacquiao issues. He has power in those hands too, 24 of his 33 wins coming via a KO.

A Broner win is a tempting 3.15 but he can’t be trusted to have his full focus on the fight, especially with comments like “everyday is a holiday” in the build-up when asked how training had gone.

Broner is all show and very little substance, and that is a recipe for disaster against Pacquiao.