By Keith Idec
Adrien Broner’s trainer predicted that his fighter will send Manny Pacquiao into a full-time life of politics.
The Filipino icon somehow juggles his duties as a senator in the Philippines with simultaneously training for high-profile fights. Kevin Cunningham is confident Broner will help push Pacquiao toward concentrating on his most important passion – helping poor people in his homeland.
“We gonna send him back to the Senate,” Cunningham said during the second episode of “ALL ACCESS: Pacquiao Vs. Broner,” which premiered Friday night on Showtime. “Take your 40-year-old ass back to the Senate.”
Cunningham, a retired St. Louis police officer, believes Broner can upset Pacquiao either by boxing against the strong southpaw or banging it out with the WBA world welterweight champion. The prevailing feeling among fans and media is that Pacquiao’s pressure will force Broner to fight at a pace and from distances that will make it difficult for the four-division champion to win.
Cunningham completely disagrees.
“This fight can be a boxing match,” Cunningham said. “It can turn into a brawl – however it plays out.”
Cincinnati’s Broner showed off a six pack during this second episode of “ALL ACCESS.” He also expressed extreme confidence regarding winning a fight he says can eventually earn him $100 million – presumably for a fight against his undefeated mentor, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather reiterated after his one-round demolition of Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in their boxing exhibition December 31 that he’ll remain retired. The 41-year-old Mayweather has hinted, however, that he would end a third retirement for a rematch with Pacquiao.
Like Pacquiao, Broner is more concerned now with their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“We gonna get the win,” Broner said. “Ugly, cute, it don’t matter – we gonna get the win.”
Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), who turned 40 last month, and the 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) will headline a four-fight pay-per-view telecast distributed by Showtime.
The show is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Most cable and satellite companies have set $74.99 as the price to watch the show in HD.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.