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Malignaggi on Pacquiao-Broner: 'It's a Very Tricky Fight'

Malignaggi on Pacquiao-Broner: 'It's a Very Tricky Fight'

But if Freddie Roach (who is back in Pacquiao's camp after a one-bout absence) has his way, the Mayweather rematch is the only fight he wants.

It was the second time in as many weeks that Pacquiao has taken a shot at Mayweather - who said he earned $9 million for fighting Tenshin Nasukawa - with the Filipino having also tweeted after the fight that his New Year's resolution would be to "only fight experienced opponents who are my size or bigger".

Pacquiao said: "I won't do that".

However, the 40-year-old has clearly seen better days and just four of his 69 bouts have come since a crushing loss to Floyd Mayweather in May 2015. "During an interview with TMZ Sports ahead of Adrien Broner fight, the Filipino legend was being the nice guy that he is, quoting sentences like 'It's easy to say, but hard to do" and "I'm not prediciting the fight". "And, you know, I'm focused on getting this victory and I'm gonna go to the drawing board with my team - Stephen Espinoza and Al Haymon - and we gonna make bigger moves". "But I want to maintain my name at the top and to show that even at 40 years old I can still give the best of Manny Pacquiao, the speed, the power, everything".

The WBA welterweight champion knows he will have his hands full when he battles the hard-hitting Broner in Las Vegas on January 19, and is not lining up fighters down the road. My main focus is Manny Pacquiao and I will be ready. Hes got us on his back, ” says Ross.

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There were a few concerns earlier that Roach would regain his old post as the lone voice in the corner but Pacquiao guaranteed him that Roach would take the sidelines so he can prove that his previous stint was not a fluke.

If Pacquiao wants to fill out the Wild Card Gym next time he has a public workout, it's probably only Mayweather that would do it. For this fight or any future fight to happen things like that have to happen. Pacquiao is just too busy. "I'm always excited while preparing for my fight". I think I have all the tools to beat him. "I can not say about the future until January 19".

Larry Merchant - I go for Pacquiao. This is just a good time for Adrien Broner and Pacquiao to fight.

"Broner falls into lulls when he's not throwing punches, and he sometimes he has problems punching himself into range, like with Ponce de Leon and Jessie Vargas", said Malignaggi.

Pacquiao is defending the crown he won in July by three-knockdown, seventh-round TKO against former champion Lucas Matthysse, representing his first knockout victory since November 2009, when he twice floored Miguel Cotto to become WBA/WBC 147-pound champion.