Manny Pacquiao: Why PacMan could find trouble trying to KO BronerWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is hoping to make a statement when he faces Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
"I am not making a prediction but my goal is to knockout Broner,” said Manny on Monday. “I am looking for a knockout against Broner."
Yes, Manny is the favorite. And yes, Pacquiao will certainly have every conceiveable advantage against Broner. But let's not forget a few intangibles... AB is a very durable fighter with formidable speed and punching power of his own.
And let's not forget, he's still only lost to elite level opponents and has never been stopped inside the distance.
And although his activity rate the past few years has dropped, he's still a sharpshooter who will be waiting for Manny to get sloppy and leave himself open for counterpunching opportunities. Even in his loss to Marcos Maidana, a hurt and beaten-up Broner was able to hurt the steel-chinned Argentine late in the fight.
"I was hurt in the 11th round," Maidana said. "[Broner] is a great champion, and I was hurt."
And let's not forget how a tiring and faded Broner floored Shawn Porter in the final stanza of their 2015 match. Broner would lose the fight but prove he was still dangerous in the wanning moments of a bout in which he was trailing badly..
And most recently against Jessie Vargas, AB rallied to earn a draw in an exciting bout that forced him to dig deep after falling well behind at the midway point.
Adrien Broner can not only weather a storm, he's capable of turning the tide after being hurt or dominated.
Why should Manny even be thinking about a knockout over this younger, durable opponent who has proven to be dangerous even when on the brink of defeat? If a knockout happens, good for Manny; but Pacquiao certainly shouldn't enter the bout with a "KO mindset."
Manny would be better off looking to box rings around AB a la the former's 2013 performance against Brandon Rios which went the distance.
"Last night's @MannyPacquiao fight was one of the most sensational performances in the history of boxing," tweeted fight legend Mike Tyson following Pac's win over Rios.
Manny doesn't need to KO Broner to be impressive, and could encounter a "problem" should he employ a "seek and destroy" gameplan.
This is what Manny should focus on...
Pacquiao vs Rios highlights