Manny Pacquiao says he will fight Adrien 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

According to reports, Pacquiao said Wednesday night that his planned bout against Broner, a former four-division champion, will likely take place in the United States on either January 12 or 19 next year.

"I believe Broner was chosen specifically because he has a style, particularly on the defensive side, that resembles Mayweather's", said veteran fight analyst Ed Tolentino.

With Floyd Mayweather looking to take a tune-up fight (potentially against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov), Manny Pacquiao is planning his own tune-up against a top contender.

Pacquiao last fought in July when he knocked out Lucas Matthysse to capture the WBA "regular" welterweight title. "After that, we'll know [about their rematch]... he's coming back, we'll discuss it after Broner".

The 39-year-old fighting senator said that he was not yet thinking about the possible rematch against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"If that fight happens, I want Cinco de Mayo (May 5) or July".

The bout with Broner, Pacquiao said, potentially sets up the said rematch, especially since Pacquiao has signed with adviser Al Haymon, who also handles Broner and Mayweather Jr.

That knockout win was Pacquiao's first since knocking out Miguel Cotto in the 12th round in 2009.

Having rediscovered his knockout power, Manny Pacquiao intends to pursue an early stoppage over Adrien Broner early next year.

It was his 60th win of a fabled 23-year career that will now nearly certainly extend beyond his 40th birthday in December.

In mid-September, Mayweather and Pacquiao met in Tokyo, after which Mayweather announced on social media that he was coming out of retirement again and would fight Pacquiao in December.

Asked at the event Wednesday about another bout with Mayweather is in the offing, Pacquiao said "it is not yet finalized".

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