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Pacquiao-Broner fight could go to pay-per-view

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FOX could enter the pay-per-view game, according to reports.

Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse - WBA Welterweight Title Bout Photo by How Foo Yeen/Getty Images

The planned January 19 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is being lined up for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and could air as a FOX-branded pay-per-view event, according to ESPN.

Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO) will be defending his WBA “world” welterweight title, and making his return to the United States for the first time since his November 2016 win over Jessie Vargas. In his last two outings, he’s fought in Australia and Malaysia, losing a controversial decision to Jeff Horn and thrashing Lucas Matthysse for his first stoppage win since 2009.

Those fights aired on ESPN and ESPN+, and Pacquiao-Broner may be worth enough money to go to pay-per-view. Manny’s still one of the most recognizable stars in the sport, and Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO) still draws a lot of eyeballs whenever he fights, despite his inconsistencies.

Broner is 0-1-1 in his last two outings, a loss to Mikey Garcia in July 2017, followed by a draw with the aforementioned Vargas in April of this year.