PacMan not look­ing be­yond ti­tle de­fence

Leg­end rules out far­ci­cal ex­hi­bi­tions

Sowetan - - Dipapadi -

Los An­ge­les – Manny Pac­quiao, the Filipino mul­ti­ple world cham­pion who turned 40 last month, said that while he is fo­cused on his ti­tle de­fence against Adrien Broner, he has con­sid­ered life be­yond the ring.

The WBA “reg­u­lar” wel­ter­weight cham­pion knows he will have his hands full when he bat­tles the hard-hit­ting Broner in Las Ve­gas on Jan­uary 19 and is not lin­ing up fight­ers down the road.

“At the age of 40, it’s hard to think about fu­ture fights. Just one at a time.”

He dis­missed con­cerns that he has lost the knock­out power that made the “PacMan” the sport’s only eight-divi­sion world cham­pion and among the best pound-for-pound fight­ers of all time.

After a knock­out drought, Pac­quiao had a re­turn to form in July when he stunned de­fend­ing cham­pion Lu­cas Matthysse with a sev­en­thround knock­out in Kuala Lumpur to claim the ti­tle.

“I still have it,” said the soft­spo­ken Pac­quiao.

One place you won’t find Pac­quiao is in ex­hi­bi­tion matches like the one his for­mer ri­val Floyd May­weather fought last month against Ja­panese kick­boxer Ten­shin Na­sukawa.

May­weather dropped Na­sukawa three times be­fore the con­test was waved off in the first two min­utes of round one. Na­sukawa, only 20 years old, had no ex­pe­ri­ence as a boxer.

“I won’t do that. If I’m Floyd I wouldn’t do that,” he said. “Ex­hi­bi­tion match where you just knock him out. That’s not good for the fans.” – Reuters

/HARRY HOW / GETTY IM­AGES

Manny Pac­quiao is gear­ing up for a tough bat­tle against Adrien Broner in Las Ve­gas.

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