Manny Pacquiao: Trainer says Adrien Broner not in the same league, likes Garcia match-up
Two weeks ago, after former four division world titlist Adrien Broner was released from a 30-day incarceration, the trash-talking fighter from Cincinnati stated to ESNews that he eventually wanted to land a match-up against future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao.
Not only does Broner believe the unlikely pairing would be the most lucrative event in boxing, but the 27 year old fighter also feels that he has the ability to beat the legendary Filipino icon decisively, and potentially stop him within the distance.
"I'd f*** Pacquiao up," Adrien Broner told ESNews on August 20. "I would have a big possibility of stopping Pacquiao if we fought. I can hit with both hands, I can match his speed, and I'm a sharper puncher than Pacquiao, if you ask me."
"And in the mindset I'm in now, I feel that anyone I get in the ring with, I'm going to do some damage to."
Although both respective camps, adviser Al Haymon and promoter Bob Arum, made an honest effort to stage the proposed event, Broner seemingly priced himself out of a fight with the Pacman, rejecting a reported offer of $4 million.
When FightHub TV caught up with Manny Pacquiao's renowned fight trainer, Freddie Roach, and asked him if he was disappointed that the match-up failed to materialize, the heralded boxing coach gave a candid and somewhat surprising response.
"Not really," admitted Roach. "I don't think Adrien Broner really brings all that much to the table. He's okay, but I don't think he's quite in the Pacquiao league at this point."
According to AB, the $4 million offer made by Top Rank, Inc. and Manny Pacquiao was mere "chump change", which is ultimately why the fight wasn't made.
"It was very close," Adrien stated to ES News. "I was actually talking to Pacquiao's manager. He was calling me, and I was calling him. But their numbers weren't right. I know my worth. I know how people would be attracted to the fight once it's made."
"Because a fight (with Pacquiao) right now would probably do better than Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao's fight at this point."
The Wildcard Gym owner believes an event opposite the current WBC Welterweight champion would prove to be a much more entertaining and intriguing affair.
"I prefer a fight with Danny Garcia," stated the Hall of Fame fight trainer to FightHub TV. "I still like that fight, but I don't think his dad does."
Similar to an event with Adrien Broner, a promotion with the Garcia boxing tandem, Danny and father Angel, would include a great amount of trash talk and fireworks during the build-up to the actual fight. Freddie insists the heated banter, most likely instigated by head trainer Angel Garcia, would serve as mere entertainment for both Freddie and his fighter, and not anything to take seriously.
"His Dad's okay. He just tries to get under your skin. But there's no way he'd be able to do that with me or Pacquiao. That's just not going to work with us. It's just not."
Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach will be in Beverly Hills, California, on September 8, to announce the Pacman's latest endeavor; a November 5th event opposite current WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. Tickets will go on sale for the upcoming show at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, September 8, as well.