MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s full attention is on American boxer Adrien Broner with less than two weeks to go before their fight – even as rumors of a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue to swirl.
Pacquiao will defend WBA welterweight championship against Broner on January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in what will be his first fight in the United States since 2016.
Yet even as he prepares for Broner, Pacquiao has been repeatedly asked about a possible rematch with Mayweather, whom he lost to in their lucrative showdown in May 2015. Those questions only grew louder when the American star participated in an exhibition match against a Japanese kickboxer on New Year’s Eve.
“I’m not thinking about that,” said the 40-year-old Pacquiao, as quoted by Boxing Scene, when asked about a Mayweather rematch.
“My focus is Adrien Broner,” he stressed. “It’s all about that. Maybe we can discuss (Mayweather) after this fight.”
Pacquiao has been hard at work at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where he has reunited with Freddie Roach to prepare for Broner.
Broner, himself a former welterweight champion, has had a rocky road to the bout so far.
The 29-year-old Broner was arrested two days before Christmas, stemming from a driving violation. He was subsequently released. However, he is still facing charges of sexual assault in Cleveland from an incident that occurred on June 2018, and another sexual assault charge in Atlanta for a separate February 2018 incident.
Despite his legal troubles, Broner has kept on training for the Pacquiao fight. The Filipino legend maintains he is not worried about the American boxer, however.
“I’m not worried about (what Broner) brings,” he told Boxing Scene. “I just have to stay focused and be 100% conditioned.”
Mayweather, for his part, has repeatedly said that he has not come out of retirement despite fighting Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition match.
“I did this just to entertain the fans… I’m still retired,” said the unbeaten American.
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