Pacquiao says '90%' sure will face Broner in January

In likely US return Manny Pacquiao will take on Adrien Broner in January. File  Reuters

In likely US return Manny Pacquiao will take on Adrien Broner in January. File Reuters

At the event in Manila, Pacquiao mentioned that Mayweather would fight somebody on December 31 and that he would fight in January in an effort to set up the rematch.

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao announced at a press conference that he's planning to fight Adrien Broner on either January 12 or 19 in Las Vegas. "I think either January 12 or 19".

The veteran star clarified matters with reporters during a charity function on Wednesday by dropping the name of his next likely opponent: "Broner, Adrien Broner".

Manny Pacquiao says he'll start training for his 70th fight next week.

Pacquiao said he is 90 percent sure about the Broner fight, his next this year after knocking out Argentine Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round in May in Kuala Lumpur. "After that, we'll know ... he's coming back, we'll discuss it after (Adrian) Broner".

Since then, Pacquiao has defied calls to retire and promised to fight again, prompting unclear reports about a range of possible contenders. About two weeks ago, Pacquiao signed with Premier Boxing Champions founder Al Haymon to become his adviser.

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Pacquiao, who is also a senator in the Philippines, lost his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title to unfancied Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane a year ago.

"If I can finish it earlier than seven rounds, why not", said the Filipino boxing icon.

According to Pacquiao, Floyd will have a tune-up first that will take place on New Year's Eve.

The fight with Matthysse was promoted by Pacquiao's MP Promotions, but Top Rank had the right to handle distribution of the American broadcast.

The most recent fight for Pacquiao in the United States was in Las Vegas in November 2016, when he won by a decision against Jessie Vargas to earn the WBO welterweight world title.

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