In the world of boxing, the end tends to come quickly for former champions, as there is always a younger, hungrier fighter waiting in the wings to take down the champ. There are some fighters who are able to hang on for a few years after their best efforts are behind them, mostly because they can still sell PPV tickets and make a lot of money for a lot of people. That is where we are currently ay with Manny Pacquiao, who, at the age of 40, will once again be the star of the show on Saturday night/Sunday morning in Las Vegas.
He will be putting his WBA Welterweight Title on the line when he goes up against Adrien Broner, a controversial fighter who is more than 10 years younger than Pac-Man. Broner has had his issues outside the ring, but he has also proven that he has the goods inside it when he decides to put in the effort, which isn’t always the case. Pacquiao is in as the boxing odds favorite for this fight, with the O/U set at 10 ½ rounds.
Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner Boxing Odds & Expert Pick
- When: Saturday, January 19 at 12 AM EST
- Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
- TV: Showtime
- Live Stream: Showtime PPV
- Boxing Odds: Manny Pacquiao -300 (Over/Under 10.5)
Why bet on Manny Pacquiao?
- Hometown: General Santos, Philippines
- Pre-fight record: 60-7-2 (39 KO)
- Height: 5 ft 6 in
- Recognition: WBA (Regular) welterweight champion, Eight-division world champion, Former lineal and three-time WBO welterweight champion
You tend to forget how long Pacquiao has been around, with his first professional fight coming back in 1995, but you certainly do not forget the success that he has had in the boxing world since that first fight. All told, Pacquiao has had just 7 losses over the course of his career, but the fact that most of those have come in recent years tells you that the end may well indeed be near for the Pac-Man.
While he still has a winning record in his 10 fights since 2012, he has lost 4 times in that stretch, which is far and away the worst stretch of form that he has ever been on through his illustrious career. Pacquiao is coming off a win in his last outing, though, defending his title with a TKO in versus Lucas Martin Matthysse back in July of last year.
Why bet on Adrien Broner?
- Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S
- Pre-fight record: 33–3–1-1 (24 KO)
- Height: 5 ft 6+1/2 in
- Recognition: Four-division world champion, Former WBA welterweight champion
In recent years, Broner has become known more for his behavior outside the ring than for anything that he has done inside it. That said, recent interviews suggest that the 29-year old is ready to do a little bit of growing up, as he sees this an opportunity to beat a fighter that he idolized in his early years.
His lopsided run of form can clearly be seen in his most recent performances, where he has lost and drawn in his last two bouts. The loss came at the hands of Mikey Garcia in a battle for the WBC Diamond Super Lightweight Title, with that one going to the judges for a UD loss. While he may be going against an older fighter, this still has to be seen as a bit of a step up in class for Broner.
Expert Betting Pick for Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner
While there are some who are looking at this fight as a battle between a pair of washed-up fighters, I think we might well be in for a good one that goes the distance. Pacquiao will use his experience and skill to wear down Broner and pick up points on his way to a UD win.