Both Broner and Pacquiao Can Extend Their Careers with Victory
Boxing is a sport known for career altering and life changing moments.
Recently, think Joe Smith knocking out Bernard Hopkins, Terence Crawford captivating boxing’s attention after his knockout of Yuriorkis Gamboa, or more legendary moments like George Foreman knocking out Michael Moorer in 1994 to regain the heavyweight title at age 45.
If the fight is in fact made at the beginning of 2019, Adrien Broner and Manny Pacquiao will have that same opportunity to breathe new life into their careers.
Some may scoff at the belief that Pacquiao needs a win against Broner. After all, he’s a sure fire Hall of Fame inductee whenever he decides to call it a career. Still, there are things he wants to achieve; most notably a victory over Floyd Mayweather in a rematch that will only happen if he wins and does so impressively against Broner.
Pacquiao and his team cited shoulder issues for his ineffectiveness against Mayweather in 2015. With his shoulder now surgically repaired, Pacquiao lost a disputed decision to Jeff Horn in 2017 — a fight many thought he should have won easily — before rebounding with his first stoppage in nearly a decade — a 7th round TKO over Lucas Matthysse.
While Pacquiao looked impressive in stopping Matthysse, there are still questions of whether he can handle someone who can move effectively and throw effective combinations. Against Broner, Pacquiao will have a chance to answer those questions and by doing so, he can justify why a rematch with Mayweather is warranted, beyond the fact that it will undoubtedly be a huge payday.
Broner has more to gain and perhaps more to lose against the Filipino Icon. There’s no doubt that the Cincinnati native is talented fighter — his super featherweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, and welterweight title victories prove that — however, there have been many opportunities for him to reach an elite level and each time he has fallen short. Whether it be because of personal problems outside the ring, or his inability to take things seriously enough inside it, he hasn’t been able to reach the top-tier of the welterweight division.
It’s very possible that Broner can beat an aging Pacquiao. In order to do so however, he’ll have to be honest about his weaknesses and work to address them. One glaring weak spot is his low work rate in big fights. Against Paulie Malignaggi in 2013, he struggled to maintain a consistent punch output through many rounds and in a clash against Shawn Porter, he was largely dormant. Against Pacquiao he’ll want to keep the punches coming and utilize angles in his attack.
However fans feel about Broner and his flashy, cocky persona, a fight against Pacquiao is an opportunity for him to finally prove his worth in a talented division. A win, and his notable losses to Marcos Maidana and Porter if not forgotten about, are greatly diminished.
Besides adding a legendary name like Pacquiao to his resume, a victory may also give him an opportunity for a showdown with Mayweather, a desire he made public after beating TMT fighter Ashley Theophane in April of 2016. That realistically only happens with a victory in January.
Before looking ahead to what could be, both Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner should be fully focused on each other. It’s a crossroads fight that if approached in the right way, could produce great action. The winner has a chance to go on to bigger and better things while the loser faces another setback.
Pacquiao and Broner have each been given a potential second chance to fix low points in their careers. Each should work to make sure they capitalize on the opportunity, because it’s uncertain how many more they’ll receive.
Kudos to DAZN, Eddie Hearn, and Lou DiBella
I’d like to applaud DAZN, Eddie Hearn and Lou DiBella — or whoever was responsible — for making the Katie Taylor vs. Cindy Serrano as the co-feature to the Demetrius Andrade Walter Kautondokwa card last night. Yes, the fight was one-sided but Taylor does have a large Irish fan base, and solid skills that she can continue to grow. It was great to see two women’s boxers get an opportunity to shine on a big stage.