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Pacquiao-Broner: Face Off at Opening Press Conference

Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner formally announce their Jan. 19th fight.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Today Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner officially announced their fight, set for Jan. 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Showtime PPV. At the end of their opening press conference the two fighters took position for the traditional face off — but neither fighter could keep a straight face long enough to make it a worthwhile staring contest.

Anyway, speaking on the fight Pacquiao offered these thoughts:

“I have missed fighting in Las Vegas. It has been a second home to me,” said Pacquiao. “Returning to the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend my world title against Adrien Broner is an exciting way to stage my homecoming. Adrien is a tough opponent with an accomplished record. But if I have learned one thing while serving in the Philippine Congress and Senate, it is problem solving.”

Meanwhile Broner had this to say:

“I have paid my dues in this sport, and now it’s time for me to get mines. I get more views than everybody when I fight. A lot of people are going to see me pack off Pacquiao into retirement, and without his belt.”

Tickets for the fight will go on sale this Saturday, November 24.

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