By Keith Idec
Now that Manny Pacquiao has wrapped up his trip to the United Kingdom for speaking engagements at Oxford and Cambridge, the Filipino boxer/senator has scheduled another trip abroad.
The boxer/senator will fly from the Philippines later this week for two press conferences next week to promote his upcoming fight against Adrien Broner.
Sources have informed BoxingScene.com that the Pacquiao-Broner bout will be officially announced at a press conference Monday in New York. Another Pacquiao-Broner press conference is set for Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Pacquiao-Broner is scheduled for January 19 in Las Vegas. It’ll be distributed by Showtime Pay-Per-View.
A deal for the venue hasn’t been solidified, but Pacquiao-Broner probably will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) and Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) will fight for the WBA world welterweight title Pacquiao won from Lucas Matthysse nearly four months ago. The 39-year-old Pacquiao rejuvenated his Hall-of-Fame career by knocking out Argentina’s Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs, 1 NC) in the seventh round July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Matthysse match marked Pacquiao’s first fight in more than a year. He lost a controversial unanimous decision and the WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn the previous July in Brisbane, Australia, Horn’s hometown.
Since defeating Matthysse, Pacquiao has signed with influential adviser Al Haymon. That could lead the Filipino superstar toward a very lucrative rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. if Pacquiao beats Broner.
Mayweather, 41, announced at a press conference last week in Japan that he would battle 20-year-old Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in some sort of fight December 31 in Saitama, Japan. That plan was scrapped Wednesday, when Mayweather announced through his Instagram account that organizers of that event misled him.
Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) and Pacquaio discussed a rematch while together at a music festival in Tokyo in September.
The 29-year-old Broner, meanwhile, will fight for the first time since settling for a 12-round majority draw with Jessie Vargas (28-2-2, 10 KOs) on April 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.