By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner are going to gauge each other when their January 20, 2019 world welterweight title fight is formally announced on Monday in New York.
The Big Apple appearance of Pacquiao and Broner will serve as the kickoff leg of the two-city promotional tour that will have it second and final leg in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Pacquiao and his team, including lead trainer Buboy Fernandez, are tentatively set to fly to the US this Saturday.
“It’g going to be just a super fast tour because Senator Manny is raring to begin training camp,” said Joe Ramos, who is now Pacquiao’s right-hand man for boxing affairs following the retirement of Canadian Mike Koncz.
Pacquiao, who turns 40 on Dec. 17, has actually started the pre-conditioning phase by suiting up in a pair of night-time basketball games at Dasmarinas Village.
Broner actually has been going to the gym the past few weeks and he even posted a video of himself doing the mitts.
Pacquiao’s clash with Broner will be the first defense of the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight crown he won by knocking out Lucas Matthysse of Argentina last July in Kuala Lumpur.