There have been rumors circulating in the boxing circles about an October showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner. If the two would ever meet in the ring, American lightweight boxer Haskell Lydell Rhodes believes the eight-division boxing legend would be too much for the former four-division world champion.
In a recent interview with On The Ropes Boxing, Rhodes predicted that the bout will be a lopsided affair. However, he believes Pacquiao will still have a tough time dealing with Broner en route to a decision win.
“I would lean towards a decision because Broner is a tough guy, he lasted with Maidana who is a powerful puncher and he was coming on strong,” he said. “Broner is no pushover and as much as people don’t like him, he does have the heart of a warrior and he’s going to stay in there.”
Rhodes is confident with his prediction of a unanimous decision victory in favor of Pacquiao, but he didn’t totally discount the possibility of Pacquiao winning via knock out. He explained that Broner may have survived Maidana’s punches, but the Argentine slugger isn’t as quick and as the Filipino superstar.
“I’m real close with Manny and Broner is actually a cool guy when the cameras aren’t on him, but if I have to be honest, I see Manny tearing Adrien up,” Rhodes mused. “It’s not even a close fight.”
Philippine Star caught up with Pacquiao over the weekend to ask him about the persistent rumors. He responded by saying nothing has been set for October.
Pacquiao retired from boxing after his unanimous decision win against Timothy Bradley in April. However, he hasn’t completely shut the doors on a possible comeback.
If he does eventually come out of retirement in October, he would need to start training in mid-August and would have to miss sessions at the Philippine Senate.
Pacquiao, who was notorious for his absenteeism as congressman, vowed to the Filipino public that he will do his best to be prompt and punctual in his new role as a senator, as per Rappler. It remains to be seen if the global boxing icon would be true to his word.