Before Floyd rematch, Pacquiao meets Broner

Before Floyd rematch, Pacquiao meets Broner

Before Floyd rematch, Pacquiao meets Broner

By defeating Broner, the fight possibly could set up a rematch with Floyd Mayweather next spring.

Badgered by questions relative to boxing after he was formally introduced as the new ambassador of International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) Handa, Pacquiao announced that Broner is going to be his next opponent.

"Not yet. I still have a fight in January", said Pacquiao (60-7-2 record with 39 knockouts).

During his media appearance in Manila, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), who turns 40 in December 17, said he is hoping for another convincing knockout when he faces Broner.

"If Pacquiao struggles against Broner, particularly in dealing with the latter's defense, then there is nothing to be excited about the Mayweather fight and the rematch might be a tough sell".

"Broner, Adrien Broner", said Pacquiao when asked who he's going to fight next.

Pacquiao lost a decision to Mayweather in their welterweight title unification bout in 2015.

Pacquiao recently signed with Mayweather's advisor Al Haymon and has a fight coming up against Adrien Broner in January.

After a year off, Pacquiao returned this past July and knocked out Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round - Pacquiao's first KO since his 2009 victory over Miguel Cotto to win his first welterweight title - to win a secondary welterweight belt that he will defend against Broner.

"If I can finish it earlier than seven rounds, why not", said the Filipino boxing icon.

Ahead of the fight against big-punching Matthysse, Pacquiao said he considered himself the "underdog", but he rolled back the years in the July bout. His last two fights, however, ended in a unanimous decision loss to Mikey Garcia at Barclay's Center, New York in July past year and a majority draw with Jessie Vargas at the same venue last April.

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