Pacquiao reveals next boxing match

Rex Christensen
October 18, 2018

"It's nearly final na".

Manny Pacquiao says he'll start training for his 70th fight next week.

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.

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Manny Pacquiao said a January fight in the United States with Adrien Broner is nearly certain, but he dodged the mounting speculation of a possible rematch with rival Floyd Mayweather.

According to reports, Pacquiao said Wednesday night that his planned bout against Broner, a former four-division champion, will likely take place in the U.S. on either January 12 or 19 next year.

"It is nearly final but it is not yet there", Pacquiao said, adding that the match was "90 percent" likely to push through.

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Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao, the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many weight classes, in May 2015 in the record-breaking match the Filipino southpaw said he fought with an injured right shoulder. "Basta laban lang tayo".

ISPS, through its representative Midori Yamazaki, donated $100,000 (roughly P5.3 million) to Pacquiao's Emmanuel & Jinkee's Foundation, which is providing housing and medical assistance to indigents, particularly those from General Santos City and Sarangani Province.

Asked at the event Wednesday about another bout with Mayweather is in the offing, Pacquiao said "it is not yet finalised".

Pacquiao chose to sign up with Haymon following the expiration of his contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank Inc. "Partner kami, magkatrabaho. But I've not yet met with him in person".

"Floyd is fighting in December 31 and after that and my fight, we'll see what happens", said Pacquiao, who turns 40 on December 27 and will be armed with a 60-7-2 mark with 39 KOs by the time he answers the bell against the Cincinnati-bred and flamboyant Broner, victor of six of his last nine fights and three of his last five.

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