Manny Pacquiao poses on the scale during a weigh-in Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner in a welterweight championship bout on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)
The eight-division Worldchampion later said he wants to prove that he still has the ability to be a force in the welterweight division despite turning 40 last month.
“I’m happy to be back here and happy to fight tomorrow night,” Pacquiao said.
“Forty is just a number, it doesn’t matter that I’m 40 years old — I feel Young,” he added. “Tomorrow I have something to prove: that at 40 I can still be at my best … I want to prove that Manny Pacquiao is still there.”
Pacquiao (60-4-2, 39 knockouts) last fought in July last year, when he scored his first knockout in six years with a seventh-round stoppage of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur.
Pacquiao, who holds the lesser version of the WBA’s two welterweight belts, is widely believed to be angling for a rematch with retired welterweight king FloydMayweather.
Mayweather won their money-spinning first bout in 2015 in a contest that failed to live up to its “Fight of the Century” hype.
Broner, 29, said Friday he is determined to seize his opportunity. ADVERTISEMENT
“I feel good. It’s a helluva opportunity,” he said. “After I win tomorrow night I’ll be a legend overnight.”