This upcoming Saturday, live on Showtime Pay-Per-View marks the return of an all-time-great.
The legendary 12X, 8-division world Champion & 6X, 5-division Lineal Champion Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39KO), returns to centerstage to face off against explosive, but sporadic 4-division titlist Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (33-3-1, 24KO) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
You seriously can’t find two boxers more diametrically opposed, perhaps historically than these two boxers here, as Pacquiao is more a reserved individual on the quiet side, who is very humble and philanthropic, while Broner operates with a rambunctious overtone, as someone who takes time to be boisterous at every chance he can find, who ultimately loves the sound of his own voice.
Considering the timing of this bout, these two right now are meeting at a perfect crossroads in their careers, considering that while still very good, Pacquiao is not quite what he used to be, and just turned 40 years of age last month, and Broner operating at the level that he settled at for the last couple years, making this a far more intriguing fight now than it would’ve been if they agreed to fight years prior.
For Broner, this feels like a final chance to secure the big win in his career that has eluded him up to this point, as well as a chance to really capitalize in a money fight, which is paramount on his to-do list to secure more lucrative paydays in the future, (his nickname is ‘About Billions’ after all).
Manny has his own lofty plans at future paydays given his tax situation, however that’s a bridge to cross if he gets there, and the way to get there is to take care of business at hand. We will see whether the legend still has something left at that level, and whether or not if Broner can rise to the occasion of the big stage.