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Philippine Showbiz Today December 22, 2018 - January 7, 2019 23 Pacquiao-Broner Matchup Preview By Julian-Ray Fortaleza On January 19th, Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao will face former four division champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner for a WBA title. The matchup on pa- per looks good for the Senator from the Philippines but the the advantages in youth and speed may be with the trash talker from Cincinnati.  Since his KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao has a adapted his style to be more defensively responsible and ener- gy efficient. In the past a Manny Pacquiao that made a pivot to the outside of your left foot would at- tack with significant combinations with lightning like speed. Now, Pacquiao would hit you with a hard left and be back outside of your range before you could throw back. Changes like these have shifted Pacquiao’s style from entertaining and risky to ef- fective and responsible. In bouts against opponents like Jessie Var- gas and Lucas Matthysse this new style earned his victories in a de- cisive but safe manner. However, the style can work against him when matched up with more ac- tive fighters. For example, the Jeff Horn bout was close but in the 9th rounds Pacquiao hurt Horn only to expend his energy trying to get Senator Manny Pacquiao cel- ebrates his 40th birthday at the KCC Convention Center in Gen- eral Santos City, Philippines Mon- day night. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was once again the guest of honor. Aside from family and friends, the guest list included prominent politicians and showbiz personalities. Major the KO. In the last three rounds Horn was able to out- volume the WBO champion until the final bell.  Against Broner, a low volume coun- terpuncher, Manny Pacquiao’s new style will be an asset as long as he does not go crazy trying to finish the fight. Broner’s most re- cent success against the top of the welterweight divi- sion came in the style of a 12th round knockdown against cur- rent WBC champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter. Porter, while up on the cards, got caught up in an exchange against a tired broner and caught a left uppercut that sent him to the canvas. This exemplifies the Pacquiao celebrates his 40th Birthday danger of fighting “The Problem”. His power is present until the final bell, and his chin will keep him in the fight until then, meaning Pac- quiao must not fall in to the same situation he did against Horn. Manny Pacquiao is more mo- bile, more active, and has a better ring IQ than Adrien Broner. Bro- ner is often caught standing still in the ring moving his head to try to avoid taking damage. However, against Manny Pac- quiao this is a big problem. While the glory days of the Oscar De La Hoya dismantling may be long in the past, a flat-footed target is the kind of matchup Manny Pacquiao feasts on. Vargas was knocked down trying to stand his ground in the middle of the ring. Matthysse was knocked down when he covered up and did not move his feet. Adrien Broner does not move his feet to avoid punch- es, instead he gets in to the May- weather-style philly shell and will move his head. This is a recipe for disaster against Pacquiao, unless Broner gets moving. The style works for Floyd Mayweather Jr. because his focus is defence and prioritizes it over doing damage. If a combo is thrown at Floyd, he will move his head and his feet until he is safe. When a combo is thrown at Broner, he will move his head until he thinks he can counter. This difference will be the reason Broner will never get to Mayweather’s level, their men- tal make-ups differ when calculat- ing risk.  A good performance for Adrien Broner will lead to stardom and even possibly a fight with Floyd. Manny Pacquaio is looking for the rematch with Mayweather and it may push him to put on a show on January 19th.● prizes in the raffle draw comprised Senator Manny Pacquiao gives away around of 4 automobiles, 58 motorcycles 2,000 grocery bags to residents of barangay and 24 40-inch LED TVs.● Tinoto in Maasim, Sarangani, Philippines as (Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP part of his annual birthday tradition. Promotions)