Pacquiao–Broner: Pro fighters pick sides

Wilder ‘can’t wait’ for Joshua

“El Terremoto” picks Manny Pacquiao, while the “Bronze Bomber” goes with Adrien Broner.

As the Pacquiao-Broner clash draws near, fellow boxers took some time off to chime in on the upcoming World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fighters from FOX Sports’ Premier Boxing Champions chose who between Pacquiao, the defending world champion, and Broner, a four-division titlist, would emerge victorious on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Reigning WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz selected the “Pacman” over Broner, due to the Filipino legend’s immense experience in the ring. “Broner sometimes isn’t prepared well. I think Manny Pacquiao will beat him by experience,” says the Mexican three-division champion.

Despite Pacquiao’s age, Mikey Garcia still believes that the 40-year old fighting senator can still pack a punch. For the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion, Pacquiao’s fast hands would spell the difference in the fight. “His volume punches will keep Broner at bay and Manny has the experience of course. He still has enough in him to overcome anything that’s in front of him,” according to the brother of boxing trainer Robert Garcia, himself a former world champion.

However, Deontay Wilder begs to disagree. The current WBC heavyweight kingpin picked Broner as the possible victor in the intriguing match. According to Wilder, “Broner is a very exciting fighter. Although his mouth has got him in trouble a number of times, but that’s him. I’m going with this Broner with this fight.”

World champions Errol Spence Jr. and Keith Thurman also selected Broner over Pacquiao.

Spence, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight titleholder, has his full trust on his buddy to score the win. “I have to go with my guy Adrien Broner. We’re good friends. Pacquiao is older. If Adrien stays focused, listens to his coach, stays dedicated, if he lets his hands go, he can win. Pacquiao is always a dangerous fighter, but I’ll go with Adrien.”

For Keith Thurman, winning the title bout over Pacquiao gives Broner the legitimacy of being a high-stakes fighter. “I know a lot of people believe in Pacquiao and I got a lot of friends that still have love and respect for Adrien Broner. Some see him as the ‘boy who cried wolf’ that ‘he can do it, he can do it’ but he just doesn’t do it. If he ever wants respect back in his name, he’s got to do it in the Pacquiao fight,” quipped the WBA welterweight champion.

Shawn Porter, the WBC welterweight boss, kept it short. “Pacquiao, possibly by KO,” said Porter.

In the end, Pacquiao came out as the top choice for the other boxers with a score of 13-6.

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