Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner are both gearing up for their fight. The Filipino boxing icon has now moved to the next phase of his training as he prepares for his upcoming bout with Broner in January. Pacquiao has started the sparring phase of his training, working with George Kambosos of Australia.

Pacquiao started training a couple of days ago with the Australian who was the Filipino’s former spar mate. The 39-year-old boxer is scheduled to leave by the third week of December before heading back to the United States for the final stages of his buildup. 

Pacquiao has beefed up his corner with a lot of notable figures, particularly Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. The 58-year-old is confident of Pacquiao’s chances, although he made it clear that it will not be him but Buboy Fernandez calling the shots once the Filipino pug enters the ring, Philboxing.com reported.

To recall, Pacquiao and Roach had a falling out last year when the former lost to Jeff Horn of Australia. Fernandez has since taken over and has been credited with the Pac-Man’s resurgence. This includes Pacquiao’s last win over Lucas Matthysse that also handed the Filipino the WBA welterweight belt – the same one he will be defending against Broner. 

And while Pacquiao has been riddling himself with Broner-clone sparmates, most remain interested in how things will flow over at his camp. It is no secret that Roach’s entry to the team was met with criticism – particularly by Fernandez and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. The boxing icon made it public that he would address the situation and said that everything will be fine, Manila Bulletin Sports said.

So far, everything seems quiet over at the Pacquiao camp – hinting that the differences may have finally been patched up. Fernandez, Fortune, and Roach have their respective assignments, something that was likely ironed out by Pacquiao when the misunderstandings of the latter’s entry came into the picture. 

Roach likes Pacquiao’s chances, believing that the Filipino will come out victorious in an interview with ABS-CBN. “Manny will kill Broner,” he said. “You can bet your house on it. Broner tries to fight like (Floyd) Mayweather but he’s nowhere near the skill level. He even uses the shoulder-roll.”

The Pacquiao vs. Broner fight is set for Jan. 19, 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Pacquiao an odds-on-pick favorite.  Per their November ranking, Paddy Power and Betfair both picked Pacquiao to win 4/9 with Broner a 7/4 underdog. Odds of a draw is 20/1, according to Philboxing.com.