Don’t count me as one of those who wants to see Manny Pacquiao fight Adrien Broner or another boxer this October.
So I have a simple message for Pacquiao: Stay retired, please.
Honestly, do you think Broner is in the same class as Timothy Bradley, who Pacquiao decked twice in their third fight in April 2016 and beat by unanimous decision. Well, maybe there lies the catch – Pacquiao was able to deck a rather durable fighter in Bradley twice in their third fight that it would be easy to think Pacquiao can take on any of the “young guns” in the welterweight division. Right? And maybe Broner is in the same class as Bradley?
While Broner is not ranked in The Ring magazine’s top 10 welterweight list and Bradley is ranked No. 5, it is foolish to overlook that Broner is only 26 years old and his only losses were to a dangerous Marcos Maidana in December 2013 and a promising Shawn Porter in June 2015.
Anybody who thinks Maidana is a pushover is insane, because the Argentinian actually gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. one of his hardest fights.
Since his loss to Porter, Broner has bounced back with stoppage wins over southpaw Khabib Allakhaverdiev in October 2015 and Ashley Theopane in April 2016. Both may be marginal opposition but there is no denying Broner has won back his confidence in the ring.
Broner’s record of 32-2 with 24 knockouts also cannot be ignored.
So how do I see Pacquiao-Broner unfolding?
Truth is, I don’t want the fight happening even if Pacquiao can possibly pull off a decision win over Broner. Besides being past his prime or peak, Pacquiao needs to fully attend to his duties as Philippine Senator because he got more than 15 million votes in the May national and local polls.
It’s crazy to think Pacquiao could effectively juggle his duties at the Senate and in the ring if he decides to fight Broner in October. If Pacquiao becomes a frequent absentee in the Senate sessions, what message will that send to the public, especially the millions who voted for him to become Senator?
And how many times have I said in my past columns that Pacquiao can become a stepping stone for any of the young fighters currently trading leather in boxing’s middle divisions? Even the thought of Pacquiao fighting Danny Garcia sends shivers down my spine.
If you want to find out if Garcia respects veterans of the game who hang on too long, just look at how he, without showing respect, knocked out Eric Morales in their second meeting in October 2010. And at this point of his career, Garcia is hungry and Pacquiao to him looks like a very good stepping stone for bigger fights. And don’t tell me Broner, knockout artist Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford and Saul Alvarez think differently.
Maybe Pacquiao wants to use the Broner fight as a stepping stone to square off anew with Mayweather? So what becomes of Pacquiao’s duties as Senator if a rematch with Mayweather is pursued by the Filipino boxing icon?