Pacquiao in emotional homecoming fight in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand

  • Page Views 2179
  • LAS VEGAS. It will always be the MGM Grand for Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao.

    In his first fight in the U.S. since 2016, Pacquiao will enter the ring at the Garden Arena of Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, where he fought his first professional fight in the U.S.

    “It’s nice to be back home,” Pacquiao told journalists at a press conference Wednesday (January 16).

    It was his second day in Sin City following his arrival Monday for his January 19 fight with American boxer Adrien Broner.

    In a press conference, Pacquiao recalls the date of his first professional in the U.S.

    It was January 23, 2001, when he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba, winning the IBF junior featherweight title.

    “MGM is my first in America,” Pacquiao said.

    On Saturday (January 19), Pacquiao will be defending his WBA welterweight title.

    Pacquiao last fought in 2018, snatching the WBA welterweight title from Lucas Matthyse.

    Pacquiao’s conditioning coach Justin Fortune told the ReyFort Media Group in an interview that Pacquiao, who turned 40 last December, is in “very, very good” condition.

    “His age is irrelevant,” Fortune said.

    Head trainer Buboy Fernandez told ReyFort Media Group in a separate interview that Pacquiao will “double” what he did in 2018 in his fight against Matthyse.

    According to Fernandez, Pacquiao is still “hungry” for good fights.

    “Let us all help him with our prayers,” Fernandez said in Tagalog.

    In another interview, Pacquiao consultant Freddie Roach told ReyFort Media Group that he expects the Filipino fighter to deliver an early knockout against Broner.

    “Don’t be late,” is Roach’s advice to those coming to view the fight.

    The ReyFort Media Group watched as Pacquiao trained in a gym Wednesday outside downtown Las Vegas.

    Pacquiao later sent his greetings to the Filipino community in Vancouver, B.C.

    Pacquiao has a 60-7-2 fight record, with 39 knockouts.

    Broner, for his part, is 33-3-1, with 24 knockouts.
    (By Rey Fortaleza (with files from Julian-Ray Fortaleza, Mario ‘Bro Marv’ Hernandez, and Christian Cunanan)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 03 June 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      What’s next for Pacquiao after August 21 fight in Vegas

      Manny Pacquiao will challenge WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. in Las Vegas on August 21. What comes next for the 42-year-old fighter and current senator of the Philippines is a matter of great interest. Pacquiao’s longtime trainer and confidant Freddie Roach said in the summer of ...

    • 27 May 2021
      3 weeks ago No comment

      B.C. begins four-step Restart from COVID-19 pandemic

      In March and April 2021, B.C. was hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections. But something was also about to change as Britisih Columbians registered for vaccination in record numbers between April and May. By May 24, around 60 percent of people aged 18 and over have received ...

    • 20 May 2021
      4 weeks ago No comment

      19 million vaccine doses administered in Canada

      COVID-19 vaccination in Canada started in the week of December 13, 2020. As of May 19, 2021, when Philippine Showbiz Today went to the presses, the federal government counts 19,349,980 doses administered so far. The country has a population of around 38 million, based on current estimates available online. ...

    • 20 May 2021
      4 weeks ago No comment

      Your daily dose of everything NCAA is here: ‘Rise Up Stronger: The Road to NCAA Season 96’ airs beginning May 23

      Get to know the athletes, the coaches, the teams, and what to expect this season as GMA Network via GMA Synergy unveils ‘Rise Up Stronger: The Road to NCAA Season 96,’ airing everyday beginning this Sunday, May 23, on GTV. ‘Rise Up Stronger: The Road to NCAA Season 96’ will keep sports fans entertained ...

    • 20 May 2021
      4 weeks ago No comment

      ‘DITO AT DOON’ PREMIERES GLOBALLY VIA TBA PLAY

      Film aficionados outside the Philippines will no longer be left behind as they get the chance to see “Dito at Doon” (“Here and There”) via the international premium video-on-demand service. Filipinos and cinephiles abroad can sit back and enjoy the must-watch movie of the year “Dito at Doon” (“Here and ...

    %d bloggers like this: