Just moments ago we saw the weigh in for the WBA Welterweight title bout between Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) and Adrien Broner (33-3-1-1, 24), and thankfully both men made weight with room to spare.
The first to weigh was the American challenger. Broner, who has won world titles in 4 weight classes, made weight with room to spare as he hit the scales at 146.5lbs
Pacquiao, who will be looking to make his first defense of the title was slightly lighter as he came in at 146lbs, dead on.
It's fair to say that both men making weight with such ease was a relief for all involved. A prior bout on the card saw Jhack Tepora (22-0, 17) fail to make the Featherweight limit, for his first defense of the WBA "interim" title, by a ridiculous 5.5lbs, likely forcing the cancellation of his bout with Mexican Hugo Ruiz (38-4, 33).
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We are just over 2 weeks away from the WBA "regular" Welterweight title bout between Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) and Adrien Broner (33-3-1-1, 24), despite that the bookmakers in the UK already have already opened up the fight to gamblers, at least those wanting to bet on the "To Win" market.
Despite being 40 years old Pacquiao is the clear betting favourite, with most bookies pricing him at 4/11 to win the bout, though he is best priced at 2/5. Broner on the other hand, who was once viewed as the future of American boxing, is priced at 2/1 with many bookies, and is best priced at 12/5 to spring the upset and over-come the Filipino icon.
We're expecting more markets to open up closer to fight time, though is clear that Pacquiao is the favourite against the much younger and more brash American fighter.
On January 19th Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) will be facing off with Adrien Broner (33-3-1-1, 24) at the MGM Garden. Over the last few weeks we've seen a few notable announcements about the bout.
Firstly UK fans will be able to watch the bout for free, with it being shown on ITV4 for fans. This was announced a little while back, as part of the recent deal between PBC and the ITV in the UK, who will be showing a number of PBC shows over the coming years.
The understanding is that the main card will be shown on UK TV.
Secondly the bout will also be shown on WOWOW Prime in Japan, though it appears only the main event will be shown on WOWOW, and not the entire undercard.
The Filipino broadcaster for the bout will be Sky Sports PPV, and it's expected that they will show much of the card, much liek US counterpart Showtime.
Earlier this year we saw Filipino fighter Jhack Tepora (22-0, 17) announce himself on the world stage, winning the WBA "interim" Featherweight title in Malaysia by stopping Edivaldo Ortega in 9 rounds. He's been out of the ring since that win, in July but now looks set to defend the title in January.
The unbeaten Filipino will be part of the January 19th PBC card as the MGM Grand, which will be shown on Showtime and headlined by Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) facing off with Adrien Broner (33-3-1-1, 24).
Until today Tepora's opponent was totally unknown, though Linea Directa have now reported that the front runner is big punching Mexican Hugo Ruiz (38-4, 33), who is just waiting to get his visa sorted before being confirmed for the bout. Ruiz is training for the bout and has signed to fight Tepora on the card, with the bout agreed in principle.
Ruiz is a former WBA "interim" Bantamweight champion and WBC "super" Bantamweight champion, who has lost to Koki Kameda, Julio Ceja and Hozumi Hasegawa and will be looking to become a "3-weight champion". It's also been revealed that he really struggled to make the 122lb Super Bantamweight limit, hence moving up in weight for this bout.
It's also been reported that Filipino hopefuls Jayar Inson (18-1, 12) and Genesis Libranza (17-1, 10) will be on the card, though their opponents haven't yet been confirmed.
The Spanish article about Ruiz challenging Tepora can be read here on the Linea Directa website.
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