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Pacquiao and Broner.

Adrien Broner makes joke at own expense as Manny Pacquiao shows off belt

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As Manny Pacquiao returns to fight in the USA for the first time in two years, it is now official that he wants to show that he is not done yet.

At the age of 39, he will be fighting American boxer Adrien Broner, who is keen to rejuvenate his career against a legend.

Pacquiao, the multiple world champion in numerous different weight categories from flyweight to super-welterweight, is undoubtedly a legend of the sport, and has fought and won against greats such as Oscar de la Hoya and Ricky Hatton.

Pac-man's next opponent, 29-year-old Broner, who was WBA super-lightweight in 2016, who last fought in April this year, but hasn't won since 2017, will look to topple the Philippine boxer when they fight in January 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

The two boxers have met at a news conference in New York, but couldn't keep straight faces when they were facing off for photos.

And this may have set the tone for what is to come, a fight organised to entertain the fans.

Pacquiao wants to prove he is still very much in the loop in the boxing world, with Broner hoping to get his first win in over a year.

When Manny was asked why he chose Broner, he told ESPN: "I chose Adrien Broner because I believe we can have a good fight and entertain the fans.

"He's a good boxer. We cannot underestimate him. Everyone knows Adrien Broner is a good, experienced boxer."

Broner was asked to comment on his opponent after admitting he feels lucky to have this opportunity to fight the legend.

"What can I say about Pacquiao? He's a future Hall of Famer. He do some great things. I got some things to worry about. He's great. It's going to be a hell of a fight." 

Further antics ensued at a recent presser as Pacquiao emerged on stage with his belt, showing it off to his opponent Broner, who then, laughing, removed his own Gucci belt, and held it up.

There is no doubt the fight between the two welterweights will entertain, but only time will tell whether experience or youth will prevail.

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