WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Adrien “The Problem” Broner went face-to-face Wednesday in Las Vegas on the final press conference earlier than their PPV conflict Saturday on the MGM Grand Backyard Area.
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Manny Pacquiao: “I don’t need to dislike my opponent to want a knockout. I’m just doing my job in the ring. If the knockout comes, it comes. We’re hoping to have that opportunity Saturday. I have to pressure him to make him open up. Wherever he goes, I’ll be there.”
Adrien Broner: I’m going to beat him up and have a drink with him afterward. I grew up in boxing and I do know what’s happening. It’s a enterprise, however don’t get it twisted, I’m going to dominate and win.
Photograph: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions
- 1 Manny Pacquiao
- 2 Adrien Broner
- 3 Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s Co-Coach
- 4 Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s Co-Coach
- 5 Kevin Cunningham, Broner’s Co-Coach
- 6 Mike Stafford, Broner’s Co-Coach
- 7 Joe Ramos (Manny Pacquiao Promotions)
- 8 Leonard Ellerbe (Mayweather Promotions)
- 9 Ravone Littlejohn (About Billions Promotions)
- 10 Stephen Espinoza (Showtime)
“I really feel so blessed and glad due to the thrill round this struggle. It’s come from the followers right here within the U.S. and media everywhere in the world. I need to go on the market and make all of the individuals completely happy.
“The knockout in my final struggle felt good. It felt like my youthful days towards Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and others. That struggle was an enormous problem for me to recuperate from the battle towards Jeff Horn. Individuals stated that my profession was achieved. However I by no means received discouraged, I simply labored arduous and made the knockout towards Lucas Matthysse occur.
“Lately I don’t solely practice my physique, but in addition my thoughts. I’m a Senator, so my thoughts could be very busy. I additionally play chess frequently and skim books to maintain my thoughts sharp.
“Individuals writing me off after the Jeff Horn struggle was good for me. I’m not mad at anybody who thought that. It simply turned a problem and a check to me of whether or not or not I might nonetheless present my greatest.
“Being again right here at MGM Grand makes me so completely satisfied. It’s an honor to be on this place. I keep in mind my first battle right here within the U.S. was at MGM Grand. I’ll always remember that second and now I get to return again right here and do it once more.
“I do know he’s going to counter me however we’re prepared for that. What occurred within the Juan Manuel Marquez battle won’t occur once more. It was a mistake and I discovered that mistake. We’ve labored on that on this coaching camp. I’m ready for Broner’s type.
“This can be a problem as a result of it’s my first battle as a 40-year-old. I’ve one thing to show to everybody about what meaning. Age is only a quantity. What issues is the way you put together and that you simply’re working onerous.
“I don’t have to dislike my opponent to need a knockout. I’m simply doing my job within the ring. If the knockout comes, it comes. We’re hoping to have that chance Saturday. I’ve to strain him to make him open up. Wherever he goes, I’ll be there.
“I’ve always stayed disciplined throughout my years in boxing. I’m always making sure everything is in order and on point during my workouts. That plus cross-training with activities like basketball has helped me stay in this position all these years.”
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“I’m not up right here to speak a variety of trash. I’ve put within the work. It’s struggle time. After I win, all the things goes to be totally different.
“Individuals are speaking quite a bit about Pacquiao preventing Floyd Mayweather once more, however I’m fairly positive Floyd is retired. I really feel like individuals are making an attempt to throw me to the wolves and overlook me.
“He doesn’t remind me of any previous opponents identical to I’m not going to remind him of anybody he’s fought. He’s by no means fought anybody like me. Each fighter is analogous, however really each fighter is totally different. If I remind him of Floyd Mayweather, I hope his arm doesn’t harm after this one.
“Take a look at my final 5 fights. I’ve fought world champion after world champion. I don’t duck any fights. I don’t care what number of weight courses he’s gained titles in.
“I’m not in awe of any fighter, particularly Manny Pacquiao. I hope he’s in awe of me. I’m a one among a sort fighter too. I’ve made historical past on this sport.
“I simply should exit and win this struggle, then every thing goes to start out going my method. Saturday night time, I can be victorious. This can be a defining second in my profession and it’s going to be one of many largest nights of my life.
“Pacquiao hasn’t fought me so I’m not apprehensive about what he says about me proper now. He’s going to have a unique outlook after he fights me Saturday night time.
“I’m going to show Las Vegas into an enormous block social gathering after I win on Saturday night time. It’s going to vary my profession.
“Manny Pacquiao has completed lots for the game. I’m going to beat him up and have a drink with him afterward. I grew up in boxing and I do know what’s happening. It’s a enterprise, however don’t get it twisted, I’m going to dominate and win.
“This is going to be a hell of a fight. I’ve trained so hard and I want everyone to know that I play around a lot, but when that bell rings, I’m going to be ready. I didn’t come here to lose or lay down. I came here to get this victory. Real talk.”
Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s Co-Coach
“I’m very grateful to this nice workforce that we’ve that has ready Manny for this problem. I do know that we labored very onerous for this. I can’t fly with out wings, however I can deliver the belt again to the Philippines.
“Manny has trained hard and we expect a good fight. This is the hardest I’ve seen him train and it will be seen in the ring Saturday night”
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s Co-Coach
“We’ve trained really hard for this fight. Manny is looking really good and is in tremendous shape. I’m sure Adrien is also because they’re both great fighters. I wish both men luck and may the best man win.”
Kevin Cunningham, Broner’s Co-Coach
“We’ve had an incredible coaching camp. Adrien is able to go. Everybody who is aware of me, is aware of that each one I’ve on this world in my phrase, and I don’t break it for no one. I’m supplying you with my phrase that Adrien will placed on a spectacular efficiency on Saturday night time.
“I’m guaranteeing that Adrien will send Manny back to the Senate, beltless, without the WBA title. I guarantee it.”
Mike Stafford, Broner’s Co-Coach
“Adrien got here to me when he was 55 kilos and seven-years-old. He was an underdog then and he got here again day after day. Individuals thought he was a nasty child, however I advised those that I noticed one thing in him.
“Freddie Roach didn’t know who Adrien was years ago when we were getting ready to work with the Olympic team together. But he got to know Adrien, and on Saturday night, Manny is going to know him too. That’s for sure.”
Joe Ramos (Manny Pacquiao Promotions)
“We’re honored, humbled and proud to be part of this superb occasion. This might be Manny’s 20th struggle in Las Vegas and we’ve been handled amazingly all through the whole promotion. I’m grateful to all of Group Pacquiao for the work they do and serving to make every little thing run easily.
“Everyone knows that Adrien is prepared and we anticipate nothing however one of the best from him and his workforce on Saturday night time.
“MGM Grand is known for the lion, and Lenny the Lion is right there when you enter the building. On Saturday night, Manny will show his heart of a lion for fans all over the world and prove once again that he’s the king of the jungle.”
Leonard Ellerbe (Mayweather Promotions)
“About three and a half years in the past I sat right here reverse this nice legend in Manny Pacquiao. I’ve studied this man for a few years and at present he’s nonetheless probably the greatest welterweights on the planet. He nonetheless has large explosiveness and energy, however extra importantly the expertise to beat any welterweight on the planet.
“Pacquiao has been doing this for therefore a few years that we overlook how really nice this man is. He’s in a really snug place proper now. He’s tremendous motivated and thats what will make this an ideal struggle on Saturday night time.
“Coming into this struggle everyone knows that there have been rumblings about what Adrien must do to win this battle. However what I’ve witnessed firsthand this complete promotion, is that this man has devoted himself 100 %. He’s carried out every little thing his coaches have requested of him and he’s exceeded these expectations.
“Adrien Broner is ready, focused, and he’s put in the work. He’s put himself in the best situation to be successful on Saturday night. I expect nothing less than a great virtuoso performance. He didn’t cut one corner this training camp. He wants to prove to everyone, that everything people have said about him can be thrown out the window. He’s coming to show the entire world what he’s all about.”
Ravone Littlejohn (About Billions Promotions)
“Adrien educated actually exhausting for this battle. I’d wish to thank Kevin Cunningham and Mike Stafford, they put collectively a terrific recreation plan. Adrien can be prepared.
“There’s been loads of speak from Pacquiao’s aspect about getting a knockout, however you’re the one getting knocked out. You’ve been knocked out, we haven’t.
“This our first time on this stage and in this position and it’s been very enjoyable. Adrien and I have put a lot into this over the last 10-15 years. We’re pulling for our guy 100 percent.”
Stephen Espinoza (Showtime)
“I’m not going to return up right here and inform you all something you don’t already find out about Manny Pacquiao or Adrien Broner. These are two guys who’ve operated on the highest degree of boxing for years. In Manny’s case, actually many years. However I’ll remind you of some issues.
“Manny Pacquiao is a Corridor of Famer, no query about it. He’s a boxing legend who’s beneficiant, humble and soft-spoken outdoors of the ring. However most of all, he takes robust fights. The final 20 opponents Pacquiao has had have been present, future or former world champions.
“Adrien Broner has confronted 9 world champions in 37 profession fights. He’s clearly demonstrated himself as being an elite fighter. He’s flashy, flamboyant, typically outrageous, however he’s all the time unapologetically himself.
“On Saturday night time, every little thing modifications. Pacquiao is not soft-spoken and Broner is not fun-loving and outgoing. They rework themselves into two of probably the most athletically gifted and ferocious warriors in our sport. Above all these two guys have coronary heart, which is the rarest factor on this sport.
“Between the 2 of them, they’ve gained titles in 12 weight divisions. That’s the third most of all-time, trailing simply Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya.
“We know this is an elite fight and these fighters are in elite company. But on Saturday night, none of that matters. It’s not a contest of who has the best resume. This is a high level contest with high stakes between two of the most talented and athletically gifted fighters in the sport today. A win in this fight catapults each of these men to bigger things. It doesn’t get any more significant than that.”
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