Manny Pacquiao returns to the site of his worst robberies, MGM Grand in Vegas to glove up against Floyd TUE 50-0 Mayweather Jrs’ li’l buddy, Adrien Broner, Saturday, January 19th.
MGM was also the site of the American debut of Manny when he took an IBF title challenge Lehlo Ledwaba on 2 weeks notice as a replacement where he notched a spectacular KO. He made $40,000 which goes a long ways in his native Philippines. Fast forward>>>>>> 18 years later empowered with $400 million in career earnings, the magic of being a free agent from Top Rank‘s Bob Arum enabled Manny to sign a “management” agreement with Al Haymon, Mayweather’s other, more convenient bigger buddy in the quest for “Mo’ Money Fraud” being planned with their ill advised rematch. Nobody but the Big Players who wager stupendously at these orchestrated Vegas events would ever wish to see a replication of their first fraud again. That farce generated over $300 million in lawsuits against the promoters and boxers, presumably all settled by now, but grossed around the $800 million mark though the actual numbers will remain hidden as is boxing’s way of business as well as the private court settlements.
Another factor in his choice to sign with Haymon is that Manny gets a platform to showcase his Filipino fighters’ debut, that of Jayar Inson, 18-1, 12 KO, who will battle in an eight-round TBA welterweight match, while Genisis Libranza, 17-1, 10 KO, takes on Nicaragua’s Carlos Buitrago, 30-4-1, 17 KO, in an eight-round flyweight match as the two fighters from Davao City, Philippines look to continue their respective win streaks.
In other standard fare going into this fight, yupsir, like a clock striking the midnight witching hours, Broner pulled yet another Boner to be cuffed, hauled off to jail, and then brought before a magistrate for a bail plea so he could go back to training camp. Insert perverted jokes about the fetish of being cuffed and hauled off to be confined with like minded miscreants instead of taking care of his half dozen children and baby mamas. This is the same guy threatening suicide while playing Russian Roulette not so long ago.
Meanwhile, this a sorta testimonial 40th birthday dinner for Manny attended by El Presidente Rodrigo Duterte whose job current Senator Manny is planning to run for upon the opening of that office.
All About Blown Billions never made Boner was lucky to scrape a draw in his last bout against Jessie Vargas where Boner was yet mullered again, so is he being finally cashed out by uncle Al who has spent a small fortune in legal expenses incurred in bailing him out from his happy go lucky thug life? The media is alleging 2, count’em, TWO pending sexual assault trials pending against him.
On paper this is an easy fight against a propped up Haymon fighter lacking no more than rudimentary boxing skills nor any ring generalship, but of course the paper still has to be laundered through the MGM-Haymon-Vegas gauntlet where anything goes. The Big Money set up was if TUE could get by the teensy Japanese Banty exhibition, and that he did in the most shameful fashion possible, so if Manny does the biz on Boner, then they “may” stage their Cinco de Mayo rematch that only Vegas suits and big shots are asking for.
Or not, after all, TUE going back on his word is legendary by now as him fighting the Japanese banty on New Years Eve instead of the Manny fight he promised fans and the press, and he came within a scaredy cat’s whisker of bailing on that fight.
The good news for fans and Manny is that Boner, for all his substantial flaws, at least comes to fight, the best sort of stylistic matchup Manny could hope for. The good news for Boner is the proverbial Ring curse of “experts” who picked Manny in a 30 something landslide over one pick for Boner. Quien is mas macho?