Mayweather Promotions told reporters that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be sitting ringside for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner fight on January 19th, 2019. The announcement has already sparked rumors of a potential Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch.
Most experts agree that if Floyd Mayweather Jr. does show up to attend the fight, it will spell bad news for Adrian Broner. That’s because many people believe Pacquiao will fight harder to warrant a Mayweather rematch.
While Pacquiao is surely focused on the Broner fight, many rumors are leading fans to believe that the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. might come out of retirement for a rematch against Pacquiao.
Mayweather announced last September via Instagram that he would be returning to the ring to fight Pacquiao. The two rivals have crossed paths a couple of times over the past few years, once at a rave party in Tokyo and once at the NBA Filipino Heritage Night in Los Angeles.
I think Floyd was about to run around the court.
— BBall Insanity (@Bballinsanity45) January 9, 2019
Reporters asked Pacquiao if the recent meetings were deliberately staged to which Pacquiao only responded with a smile. At least one credible source close to both Pacquiao and Mayweather has confirmed that the two camps have been discussing a rematch.
Pacquiao is poised to defend his WBA welterweight championship title Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight in the USA since 2016, when he won the welterweight title over Jesse Vargas in Paradise, Nevada. Broner’s last fight was a draw against Jesse Vargas in April 2018.
Online sportsbooks and Los Vegas bookmakers are favoring Manny Pacquiao, but the odds are close for Adrian Broner considering this is his first PPV main event. BetOnline currently has prop bets and odds for the fight including individual round betting, length of the fight, the method of victory, and round group betting.
The odds are favored to Pacquiao’s as most boxing betting experts would agree, giving his experience over the young fighter. Broner steps into the ring with a professional record of 33-3-1 up against Pacquiao’s 60-7-1. Pacquiao vs. Broner will be available on Showtime PPV ($74.99 USD) and will air at 9 pm EST (10 am GMT).