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'Happy' Manny Pacquiao ready for Las Vegas showdown with Adrien Broner

The WBA welterweight champion will fight in the United States for the first time since 2016 on Saturday night

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Adrien Broner face off during the weigh-ins for their WBA welterweight world title match on Saturday in Las Vegas. USA Today Sports
Manny Pacquiao (left) and Adrien Broner face off during the weigh-ins for their WBA welterweight world title match on Saturday in Las Vegas. USA Today Sports

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao tipped the scales lighter then opponent Adrien Broner on Friday for their WBA welterweight title bout.

A trim-looking Pacquiao, who faces Broner at Las Vegas's MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, weighed in at 66.2kg.

Broner, who is determined to wreck what will be Pacquiao's first fight on US soil since 2016, came in at 66.4kg.

Pacquiao smiled broadly as he faced off with Broner for the cameras following the weigh-in.

The eight-division world champion 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.

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"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 Floyd Mayweather.

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.

"I feel good. It's a helluva opportunity," he said. "After I win tomorrow night I'll be a legend overnight."

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Manny Pacquiao “Beyond the Ropes” series

Part 1: A man who gives hope to the Philippines

Part 2: Turning 40 and no signs of slowing

Part 3: The final chapter - Broner, Mayweather and the fear of going on for too long

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Updated: January 19, 2019 02:22 PM

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