Manny Pacquiao to defend his crown this weekend
The first high profile boxing showdown of 2019 features WBA Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao who defends his title for the first time against Adrien Broner at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Boxing fans are treated to action on both Friday and Saturday this week. An Artur Akavov win would be an upset if the Russian could beat American champion Demetrius Andrade. The big fight takes place on Saturday when veteran boxer and current serving Senator of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao, takes on Adrien Broner at Welterweight level.
The Senator of the Philippines enters the ring at (60-7-2 39 KOs) a record wins that is double that of his challenger who is a four-weight World Champion with a career record of (33-3-1-1 24 KOs).
The Legendary fighter will be making a return to fighting in the United States for the first time in over two years.
The last time the honourable senator hit the ring was in July 2018 when he beat Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia through a TKO (Technical Knock Out) in the seventh round that won him the WBA Welterweight Championship.
The biggest fight of his career was probably the “fight of the century” where he lost to Floyd Mayweather back in 2015. Pacquiao reiterated his desire of re-matching the 41-year-old, who has not hit the ring since he beat Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor in 2017. A rematch between the two legends could still be on the cards.
At 40 years of age Pacquiao is still going strong, with top class head movement and great speed, as well as devastating combinations that should be a worry for the 29-year-old American. The veteran never shys off the action and would probably come forward bringing the fight to Broner and keep him on the defensive and dependant on the counter punches. He expressed his desire to use this fight as a statement to the boxing fraternity that he is back in business as well as to entertain his fans.
The American has excellent defensive skills and is able to make his opponents miss and use his long left hook to power on the counter. He comes to this encounter on the back of three consecutive wins. The Challenger, who was in possession of the WBA Welterweight title back in 2013, will be setting out for the first victory since January 2017 if he manages to upset Pacquiao. After a unanimous decision loss to Mikey Garcia in July 2017, Broner fought Jessie Vargas last April in a bout that ended in a majority draw. The fight promises to be a real test of endurance and many experts predict it will likely go the full 12 rounds.
Andrade versus Akavov on Friday
Another fight worth checking out is Friday’s encounter between Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov. Akavov could create one of the biggest shocks in boxing if he manages to beat the previously unbeatable Andrade. Andrade (26-0-0 16KOs) defends his newly earned WBO middleweight belt against California based Artur Akavov (29-2 8KOs) on Friday 18th January 2018 at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The American Champion has caught the attention of the boxing public and put himself into contention with big names such as Daniel Jacobs, Saul Canelo Alvarez, and Gennady Golovkin. Andrade floored Walter Kautondokwa in October to secure the vacant title.
This is Russian Artur Akavov’s second attempt at the title. In 2016 he gave a credible performance against Joe Saunders. Akavov took the fight the distance but lost through a unanimous decision in the WBO title decider.