By Ryan Burton
LAS VEGAS - On Saturday night Adrien Broner will headline his first pay-per-view fight. His opponent will be WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao who is no stranger to headlining high profile pay-per-view events. The fight takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Mayweather Promotions' CEO Leonard Ellerbe recently spoke to BoxingScene.com about the upcoming fight and he compared it to retired pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather's first pay-per-view event which took place against the late Arturo Gatti in 2005.
"I had this conversation with Adrien last night. We talked about Floyd's first pay-per-view fight, obviously against Gatti. We were essentially 9 years in and Adrien turned pro in what 08? So 11 years in and this is Adrien's first pay-per-view fight and by no means am I comparing the two of them but timing is everything. I think Adrien has a very good chance to - and I am not even going to call it an upset - but the timing of where they are in their careers when they fight," Ellerbe said.
Ellerbe believes that Pacquiao will have multitude of options should he get past Broner. While Pacquiao at 40-year-old is in the twilight of his career, Ellerbe believes he is still competitive with anyone in the welterweight division.
"Look at the guys and the options he has if he gets past Broner. Each and everyone one of those fights in the current landscape of the welterweight division, I don't count him out in any of those fights. I think the Spence fight would be a little rougher but Manny seems to think he can beat him too. I know for a fact with all the other welterweights he will be very competitive and he wouldn't be an underdog in my eyes," Ellerbe told BoxingScene.com.
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