Porter says don’t worry, Manny

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By JOAQUIN HENSON

The man who has traded blows with WBA wel­ter­weight cham­pion Sen. Manny Pac­quiao and chal­lenger Adrien Broner re­cently made a bold pre­dic­tion on the out­come of their sched­uled 12-round bout at the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena in Las Ve­gas on Jan. 19.

WBC wel­ter­weight ti­tle­holder Shawn Porter said Pac­quiao will win eas­ily. “Don’t worry,” Porter told Pac­quiao fans ea­ger to find out his take on the com­ing bout on the side­lines of the Deon­tay Wilder-Tyson Fury duel in Los An­ge­les last week­end. “No way Broner wins. I’ve fought Broner and I’ve sparred with Manny. I think Manny’s too quick, too strong. In all as­pects, Manny is bet­ter than Broner.”

Porter, 31, fought Broner in 2015 and scored a unan­i­mous 12-round de­ci­sion but had to get off the floor to sur­vive the fi­nal stanza. He sparred with Pac­quiao in two camps, one to pre­pare for Miguel Cotto in 2009 and the other for Shane Mosley in 2011. If there’s any­one who knows how both fight­ers match up, it’s Porter.

Mex­i­can leg­end Erik Mo­rales, who beat Pac­quiao once in three en­coun­ters, had no nice words for Broner. “He’s fat, he has no tech­nique,” said Mo­rales who did TV com­men­tary for the Wilder-Fury bout. “It’s an easy fight for Manny. My opin­ion is it’s 99 per­cent sure Manny wins, prob­a­bly by knock­out.”

Porter said there’s a high prob­a­bil­ity that Pac­quiao will deal Broner his first loss in­side the dis­tance. Broner’s record is 33-3-1, with 24 KOs and all his losses were on points to Mikey Gar­cia, Porter and Mar­cos Maidana. Against Maidana, Broner went down twice but fin­ished the 12-round bout on his feet. Porter said if Pac­quiao dis­plays the same deadly form he showed in de­mol­ish­ing Lu­cas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur last July, Broner won’t go the full route. It was Pac­quiao’s first knock­out win in nine years and came in im­pres­sive fash­ion as the Ar­gen­tinian was dropped thrice be­fore ref­eree Kenny Bay­less stopped the car­nage.

Broner has been medi­ocre in his last three fights, scram­bling to beat spar­mate Adrian Grana­dos by split de­ci­sion, bow­ing to Gar­cia on a unan­i­mous ver­dict and draw­ing with Pac­quiao vic­tim Jessie Var­gas. In his last win by stop­page, Broner failed to make weight and came in 1/2 pound over the limit in halt­ing English­man Ash­ley Theo­phane in April 2016. It was the third fight in Broner’s ca­reer that he scaled beyond the limit.

An­other Pac­quiao vic­tim Ricky Hat­ton, who was in Fury’s cor­ner, said even com­ing close to 40, the Filipino icon has a lot of fight left. “He lives a good life so why not con­tinue fight­ing?” said Hat­ton. “Manny can still do it.”

But Gerry Cooney, who fought Larry Holmes for the world heavy­weight ti­tle and lost by a 13th round knock­out in 1982, said Pac­quiao might want to consider re­tir­ing af­ter fac­ing Broner. “Fight­ers think about re­tir­ing af­ter they get hurt in the ring,” he said. “Why wait for that to hap­pen to Manny? He’ll be 40 soon. He’s done so much for box­ing. Why risk get­ting hurt? Broner’s a great fight for Manny and I think Manny will win eas­ily. Broner fights like (Floyd) May­weather but isn’t as good. Manny’s a great guy. I don’t think he should be fight­ing too much longer al­though I un­der­stand it’s May­weather whom Manny wants.”

Cooney said May­weather will see how much Pac­quiao has left against Broner be­fore de­cid­ing whether or not to en­gage in a re­match. “May­weather’s a smart guy,” he said. “Broner is May­weather’s test for Manny. If Manny and Floyd fight again, I think the re­sult will be the same. May­weather can’t hurt Manny but be­cause of their styles, Manny won’t win. Manny needs an op­po­nent com­ing to­wards him and May­weather knows that so he’ll stay away.”

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