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Bookies Favor Pacquiao over Broner in 2019 Champ Match

Date Posted: November 29, 2018

Eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is back in the U.S. boxing ring after his two-year hiatus to fight former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner. The match was officially set during a New York press conference last November 19. Showtime Sports will produce and distribute the Welterweight World Championship event that will be held on January 19, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Two months before the event, sportsbooks have already released their respective predictions as to who will win next year’s match. As of this writing, most of them lean toward a win for Pacquiao. Betfair gave Pacman -227.27 odds to win while Paddy Power set the pound for pound icon at -225 odds. On the other hand, both bookies gave Broner +175 odds while odds for a draw are at +2,000.

Broner the Underdog

Even with a predicted Pacquiao win, bettors should not overlook Broner. Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports president, said:

“At this point, oddsmakers 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.”

Broner has a record of 33 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw, and 24 KOs, but his victory record does not reflect any wins against elite boxers. He had chances of doing so by fighting against Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, and Mikey Garcia but ended up losing in the end.

With that, Espinoza still bears hope that the Cincinnati-born boxer has what it takes to deliver a good fight. He added:

“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.”

During the press conference, Broner was beaming with confidence and had a mindset that he can take down the Pacquiao. He said:

“I have paid my dues in this sport, and now it’s time for me to get mines. I get more views than everybody when I fight. A lot of people are going to see me pack off Pacquiao into retirement, and without his belt.”

@ShowtimeBoxing tweeted Broner quotes from the press conference. One of the posts read:

“He is not going to get past me. January 19 I will be victorious.”

Broner seemed to be assured that he will claim victory over the former eight-division champion as he said:

“Hope isn’t my strategy – there will be no luck. I feel like he can’t beat me.”

The former four-division world champion also added:

“I’m confident. I’m going to do what I always do to southpaws and dismantle him.”

Manny’s Comeback

While Broner was relishing his confidence, Pacquiao was focused on proving to the people that he was still relevant in boxing. @ShowtimeBoxing tweeted Pacquiao quotes as well.

One of the posts read:

“I want to prove to the boxing fans that Manny Pacquiao is still in the pack.”

Pacquiao’s titles are double of what Broner has, yet the Filipino boxer still considers the possibility that Broner can defeat him.

He said:

 “I chose @AdrienBroner because he is a top caliber fighter and a good boxer. We cannot underestimate him.”

During the conference, Pacquiao also said that after his fight with Broner, he will possibly face a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. This statement upset Broner in which he cursed Mayweather and Pacquiao. He said:

“Man, f*ck Floyd! No disrespect, but [Pacquiao] ain’t fighting Floyd. He’s fighting me. I’m about to beat your motherf*cking ass.”

Pacquiao seems to be more invested on the rematch with Mayweather rather than his fight with Broner. Earlier this year, he signed with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions which is the same adviser Mayweather has.

Now being under the same umbrella as Mayweather, Pacquiao may finally get the rematch he has always wanted since 2015. But with his focus beyond the finish line, Pacquiao may end up overlooking Broner’s capabilities.