New York - Filipino veteran Manny Pacquiao confirmed on
Monday he will defend his WBA world welterweight crown against Adrien Broner in
Las Vegas on January 19, ending a two-year absence from the ring in the United
At a press conference in New York, officials confirmed that
Pacquaio, 39, will clash with Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao holds the World Boxing Association's regular
welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA 'super champion' Keith
Thurman, after stopping Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur.
"I have missed fighting in Las Vegas. It has been a
second home to me," Pacquiao said. "Returning to the MGM Grand Garden
Arena to defend my world title against Adrien Broner is an exciting way to
stage my homecoming."
Pacquiao, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career
that began in 1995, turns 40 in December while American Broner is 33-3 with one
drawn and 24 knockouts.
Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight
different weight divisions, has continued fighting after reversing a decision
to retire in 2016.
Broner however said on Monday he planned to send Pacquiao
into permanent retirement.
"I have paid my dues in this sport, and now it's time
for me to get mines," Broner said. "I get more views than everybody
when I fight. A lot of people are going to see me pack off Pacquiao into
retirement, and without his belt."
Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon's Premier
Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank's Bob Arum, Haymon's
main rival, for the past 14 years.
The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the
best in the welterweight division as Haymon's fighters include Americans
Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts; World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter 29-2
with one drawn and 17 knockouts and International Boxing Federation champion
Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts.