Earlier today former American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr was in Japan, and took some time to speak to the Japanese press.
The hugely talented former fighter revealed a number of things including that that he was planning to do an event in Japan before the end of the year. He stated "I will become the number one promoter in Japan" and that "There is a big chance for casinos in Japan from now on. We want to enliven Tokyo like Las Vegas and do a super fight. We will do martial arts events including boxing and MMA with TMT, and we will also take part in exhibitions."
Interestingly one man linked to a possible exhibition with Mayweather was 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (14-2, 11) [村田 諒太], whilst one man that Mayweather doesn't seem likely to face is Manny Pacquiao. In regards to a bout with the Filipino the American stated "I won once and there are fans that aren't convinced, but I'm already retired. It's been a year of each other and I'm basically not doing it." This is however boxing and with both men featuring in notable stories today the rematch between the two will continue to be spoken about between fans and the media alike.
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Earlier today Japanese combat sports organisation RIZIN held a press conference and announced that Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39) would be featuring on their next big show, RIZIN 15 on April 21st.
Pacquiao's appearance on the card isn't anything major, and won't mirror that of Floyd Mayweather who appeared on RIZIN's end of year show last December. Instead of an exhibition the Filipino will feature as an ambassador, and will be there to help build up the links between RIZIN and the Philippines.
Pacquiao, via a video message, stated "I hope I can fight in the ring of RIZIN someday." Whether that happens or not it yet to be seen, but it is clear that RIZIN are happy to work with boxers, and are looking to appeal to boxing fans, having now linked up with two of the biggest boxing names of the last 20 years.
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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.
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