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article imagePacquiao v. Broner battle surely followed by Mayweather fight

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 29, 2016 in Sports
It is beginning to sound like a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is a done deal. And judging from the comments of Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach, a KO Pacquiao KO may also be a done deal. And after that it will be Floyd Mayweather's turn.
Senator Manny Pacquiao
Despite having been elected to the Senate in the Philippines in the May 9 elections there, taking one of only 12 seats up for grabs in the vote (there are 24 seats in the country's Senate), Pacquiao appears poised to come out of retirement.
There's been multiple rumors, including one that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will submit an 'excuse slip' to the Senate in order for Pacquiao to take time off to train and fight again.
He easily would be granted such permission as his boxing career has brought attention to the Philippines and the father of 5 is one of the greatest sports ambassadors the world has known. A Christian, his victories bring honor to his country and put it in the forefront of sporting news.
A large portion of his country's citizens abandon work and other activities to sit in front of their TV and watch him when he fights. He has legions of followers on social media, including over 3.2 million on Instagram.
Pacquiao at Rio Olympics
Even before any battle with the American Broner, Pacquiao intends to represent the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics in August. But coming out of retirement for another professional fight is a virtual done deal.
Arum has the date of October 15 circled on the 37-year-old Pacquiao's fight calendar, though it's not confirmed Pacquiao will fight on that date. But it comes 2 months after Rio and given Pacquiao needs to condense his fight schedule so he can get back to his work in the senate, it makes sense.
And rumors are indeed heating up it is Broner who'll be his opponent that date, not the Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko or Floyd Mayweather Jr. If it is Broner expect yet another bout to materialize in 2017 with Mayweather. There's too much money on the table not to pursue it.
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach told media in L.A. this week that he believes a knockout is possible against Broner. "The old Manny is coming back a little bit," Roach, a seasoned veteran when it comes to hyping a fight, said. "I can't wait to see the fight and we'd be going for the knockout."
If Pacquiao fights in Rio and then against Broner and then has a last fight against Mayweather Jr., the eight-division champion, the only one in boxing history, will be going out in great style. Providing, of course, he wins each time, KO or not.
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