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Adrien Broner Media Day
Four division world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner hosted media days in Los Angeles Wednesday in preparation for his fight next week against Manny Pacquiao live on SHOWTIME PPV taking place Saturday, January 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
"Growing up and seeing Pacquiao fight, of course I always wanted to fight him. I'm a competitor. One day I want to be the best, and to be the best you have to beat the best. It starts here.
"This is my first PPV but I was always supposed to be here. God doesn't make mistakes. After this victory, I will be taking over the sport of boxing. This is just the beginning.
"His last fight he did stop Matthysse, so I'm pretty sure he still has power. But I'm going to be ready, I'm going to be ready for whatever he brings to the table. We're in shape to get it done, I can tell you that.
"This win makes me an icon. It makes me what I always wanted to be, and what everybody always thought I would be. A win here and I'm a legend overnight.
"It's going to be a hell of a fight. I just can't wait till round one. Everybody I fight says they are going to knock me out. That should be the objective of every fighter, but that's not going to happen.
"The sky is the limit for me, but in boxing you have to take it one fight at a time. You can't overlook anybody in this sport. My main focus is Manny Pacquiao and I will be ready.
"A win would mean a lot. It turns a new page in my book. It's another beginning. I'm already a star in boxing, but a win here and I'm taking over the sport. This is just the beginning.
"It's not a mystery - he's been knocked out before. Not once, not twice, but three times. And he's been put down a lot, too. There are many blueprints to beat Manny. I think I have all the tools to beat him. I will show all the tools in my arsenal and show all the weaknesses in his."
KEVIN CUNNINGHAM, Broner's Trainer
"Everything went tremendous in Florida. I've never seen Adrien this focused and I've been around him for years. He came to camp with a look on his face like this is the one he's got to have. He prepared for nine hard weeks and we didn't miss a beat. Everting was on point.
"He's ready. He's focused. We had tremendous sparring. Everything went great. We didn't have any hiccups, any injuries or setbacks. He's ready to go and he's going to look spectacular on January 19.
"Manny fights with a high punch volume and he's aggressive with it. But sometimes he's reckless with it. Adrien is a sharp counter-puncher. He gets off first and last. If Adrien comes to the ring mentally sharp like I know he will, because physically he's as sharp as ever, as long as his mind is on point, I think it's going to be a long night for Manny and it's the wrong fight for Manny.
"There's a lot there to exploit. I know Manny throws a lot of punches and Adrien doesn't throw a lot, but this fight is not about matching Manny's punch count. This fight is about throwing the right shots at the right time.
"There's a big difference in Adrien from the last camp. He didn't take Jessie Vargas as seriously as he's taking this legendary eight-time world champion in Manny Pacquiao. There were some things that went on that showed he wasn't as focused as he is for a fight like this. He's just been on point. He's not screwing around. He's not looking for days off to go have a good time. He's just locked in on Manny Pacquiao."