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first_imgThe planned January fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is being lined up for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and could air as a pay-per-view event, according to US-based sports network ESPN.Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO) will be defending his World Boxing Association world welterweight title, and making his return to the United States for the first time since his November 2016 win over Jessie Vargas.In his last two outings, the Filipino lawmaker fought in Australia and Malaysia, losing a controversial decision to Jeff Horn and thrashing Lucas Matthysse for his first stoppage win since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Garbrandt recently told tabloid news website TMZ Sports he would welcome a bout with Pacquiao“I would love that fight, yeah,” Garbrandt said.Garbrandt is the UFC’s top-ranked bantamweight fighter. The 27-year-old has an 11-2 record in the promotion.However, Garbrandt has lost each of his last two fights.Both were to TJ Dillashaw, who defeated Garbrandt at both UFC 217 in November 2017 and UFC 227 in August.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Those fights aired on ESPN and ESPN+, and Pacquiao-Broner may be worth enough money to go to pay-per-view.Pacquiao is still one of the most recognizable stars in the sport, and Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO) still draws a lot of eyeballs whenever he fights, despite his inconsistencies.Broner is 0-1-1 in his last two outings, a loss to Mikey Garcia in July 2017, followed by a draw with Vargas in April.“It is almost final but it is not yet there,” Pacquiao said recently, adding that the match was “90 percent” likely to push through. He added he preferred to face the former four-division world champion either Jan. 12 or 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnother MMA dareWith a lot of talk about crossover MMA (mixed martial arts)-boxing fights lately, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Cody Garbrandt also wants in. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Roundup Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Neither clash lasted more than two rounds.Boxing skillsGarbrandt and his companions noted in the video that he has a “strong” boxing background, which would make him an ideal candidate for crossover fight. And few boxers carry more star power than Pacquiao.Pacquiao has not responded to Garbrandt’s challenge.The most high-profile crossover bout came in August 2017 when boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0) defeated UFC star Conor McGregor, who made his debut in the ring.Mayweather and UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov have recently talked about fighting each other. —BADLEFTHOOK.COM, BLEACHERREPORT.COM Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more