NEW YORK – November 19, 2018 – Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Adrien “The Problem” Broner introduced their Saturday, January 19 mega-fight through the first leg of a two-city press tour at New York Metropolis’s Gotham Corridor on Monday. The welterweight championship showdown might be produced and distributed stay by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand Backyard Area in Las Vegas and introduced by Premier Boxing Champions.
Boxing’s solely eight-division world champion, Pacquiao will finish his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring when he returns to Las Vegas to defend his WBA Welterweight World Title towards former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Broner.
Promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions in affiliation with About Billions Promotions, tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Broner welterweight world championship occasion will go on sale on Saturday, November 24. Tickets are priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, not together with relevant service fees, and could be bought on-line via AXS.com, cost by telephone at 866-740-7711 or in individual at any MGM Resorts Worldwide field workplace.
Listed here are what the fighters and executives needed to say on Monday.
“I simply need to show that I’m nonetheless in boxing and my journey in boxing is constant. I need to entertain individuals and provides a great present on January 19. You don’t need to miss the chance to see this nice and prestigious struggle within the ring with Adrien Broner. I do know my opponent is quick and a prime caliber fighter, he’s good and we now have to work exhausting and practice onerous for this struggle so the individuals can be completely satisfied. We’ll give a superb struggle for the followers.
“I selected Broner as a result of we will have a superb battle and entertain the followers. Adrien is a prime caliber fighter and a great boxer. We can’t underestimate him.
“Once I met up with Floyd [Mayweather] in Japan, we talked and he stated he needs to return out of retirement to problem me. All I do know is preventing within the ring and entertaining individuals. That’s my job. Floyd has come out of retirement and we’ll see after this struggle, however we can’t underestimate Broner and this battle. We’ll talk about something with Floyd Mayweather after that.
“I can struggle at 140 kilos or 147 kilos and I need to struggle the most important fighters on the earth and a type of is Adrien Broner. I can struggle anyone.
“I anticipate extra motion within the ring, that’s what we would like. We don’t speak an excessive amount of outdoors the ring however we’ll do it within the ring.
“Sure, I nonetheless have the [knock out] energy. Actually, I’ve discovered how one can develop that and by the grace of god, who has given me this energy and with onerous work and coaching, that method is my weapon for this struggle.
“I have already accomplished my dream and what I want to accomplish in this sport. I just want to continue in the top of boxing and give honor to my country.”
“I’m actual grateful listening to that he was coming over to PBC, ‘Pacquiao’s Broner Disaster’. I’m joyful – there are lots of people that needed this battle and god blessed me to get it. I assume I’m simply the chosen one. What can I say about Pacquiao, he’s a future Corridor of Famer.
“I needed to name my momma after I seemed within the mirror this morning. I needed to let her know she has a stupendous son. We lastly made it to pay-per-view at 29. I’m the one African-American do to that.
“It’s going to be a hell of a battle. I’m not coming to only decide up a verify. I do know once I win this struggle, there’s extra money to return.
“This struggle means lots to me. A win and I flip legend in a single day. I acquired the entire hood with me identical to he has the entire Philippines with him. I don’t even know how you can spell that. However I’ve the entire hood with me: H-O-O-D.
“In fact I think about Manny one of many elite fighters at 147. The issues he’s accomplished on this recreation are unbelievable. I speak trash, I play however I do know on January 19 I’ve to be on prime of my recreation. That is his break-out battle to be on the A-side. I do know he isn’t making an attempt to look dangerous. However I’m right here to knock him out. I really feel like a bum making an attempt to struggle for a sandwich.
“I’m not frightened about what Manny does. He has to fret about what I’m doing. I’ve three losses and he has eight. However he has been knocked out 3 times so we all know he can fall asleep. He doesn’t want Nyquil for that, and I’ve the facility to do it. He higher be on his p’s and q’s as a result of I’m making an attempt to knock him out.
“If the knockout comes, it comes. I’m simply targeted on my win. I’m making an attempt to win in good style. I’m going to coach my ass off and provides it my all.
“This struggle is essential from a enterprise standpoint and for About Billions. A number of younger fighters need to work with me and I’ve to point out them the best way. As a pacesetter, if I win this struggle it provides them one thing to brag about. I’m not solely preventing for me, I’m preventing for my household and my youngsters. It’s the longevity, it’s for after boxing. I’ve an opportunity to set myself up in order that my youngsters’ youngsters can stay comfortably.
“We’re boxers. We’re not afraid of no one. We bleed the identical, we stroll the identical, we put our pants on one by one. There’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m making an attempt to knock this man out. I’d snicker, I’d mess around however I’m making an attempt to get him out of right here.
“Each fighter is totally different. I don’t examine fighters to one another. Each fighter has their good habits and their dangerous habits. Throughout, he’s an ideal fighter. He’s completed one thing that no one has ever achieved within the sport however it’s time to show over a brand new leaf. Adrien Broner would be the largest identify in boxing.
“I feel good at any weight. I feel strong. I will let everything show January 19. It’s going to be a hell of a fight. I just want to beat the man in great fashion. It’s nothing personal, it’s just for me so I can wake up and say I beat Manny Pacquiao.”
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, President Sports activities & Occasion Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
“SHOWTIME is thrilled to be internet hosting this press convention and to be bringing this matchup of two must-see fighters – there’s a very brief record of must-see points of interest, and naturally these two lively fighters are on the highest of the listing.
“Boxing’s solely eight-division world champion taking over the youngest boxer ever to be a four-division world champion. We want to welcome Manny Pacquiao again to SHOWTIME, again to the U.S. as that is his first battle within the U.S. in two years. These two are perennial attracts on the field workplace, scores, and within the streets. Two of probably the most well-known, widely known boxers within the sport of boxing. Two of probably the most athletically gifted fighters within the sport – energy, velocity, quickness, they’ve all of it.
“At this point, odds makers have favored Pacquiao. That’s understandable because he is a Hall of Famer with a Hall of Fame resume. But it would be a mistake to overlook Broner in this fight. Broner never backs down from a challenge. As long as I’ve known him and worked with him he’s never turned down a fight, not against bigger opponents like Shawn Porter, not against big punchers like Marcos Maidana, not against the guys that no one wants to fight. Broner gives them tough fights: 12 rounds against Porter, 12 grueling rounds against Maidana. So for those of you that think this is an easy fight, or easy bet because of the odds, think again. These are two of the most talented fighters of this generation, two of the most athletically gifted fighters of this generation. I guarantee this fight will be a must-see attraction.”
JOE RAMOS, Head of MP Promotions
“This is a fight that we’ve been trying to make for several years. Our new partnership with the great Al Haymon and the PBC has finally made this possible. I’d like to thank Al and his team for making this happen. I’d like to acknowledge our new partners in this fight, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, our broadcast partner SHOWTIME and Manny’s home away from home, the MGM Grand. To Team Broner, thanks for stepping up to the plate. I hope you have a great training camp and I wish you all the best. To Senator Manny, thank you for giving all your fans this opportunity to showcase your greatness and show you are still the best fighter in the world.”
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions
“This is a huge fight. I can’t say enough about what I personally think will be the biggest fight of 2019. You have Manny Pacquiao, a future Hall of Famer, who’s fought everybody in this era against Adrien Broner, one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. He’s the biggest attraction with the biggest ratings and never shy about the cameras. This will be a great promotion. We expect the fans across the world to tune in to this great event. Will Manny Pacquiao be able to use his plethora of experience to defeat a young Adrien Broner whose still in the prime of his career? Or will Adrien Broner be able to utilize his outstanding speed and his skillset to defeat the legendary Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao? Tune in, SHOWTIME PPV on January 19.”
RAVONE LITTLEJOHN, Co-Head of About Billions Promotions
“This is the biggest fight that we’ve been involved with, so I would like to thank everybody involved. Adrien knows what he needs to do. I’ve been with him since we were 18-years-old and we’ve been through a lot. I’ve never seen him back down from anything and anybody who’s watched him fight knows that. We look forward to bringing it and we’re going to bring it. I’m very happy to be in this position and we’re going to go far.”
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