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It’s one of the greatest fighters of his era vs. one of the most disappointing.
Manny Pacquiao is fast approaching retirement age but he’s still good enough to compete against the top welterweights in boxing. Adrien Broner is out to prove he hasn’t wasted his potential throughout his 11-year career. Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Pacquiao vs. Broner live stream on Showtime.
The showdown is basically a crossroads fight between one of the greatest fighters of his generation in Pacquiao and one of the most overrated in Broner. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 knockouts) is 40 years old and is coming off a knockout win vs. Lucas Matthysse—his first stoppage victory in nine years—so at least he has some positive career momentum.
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Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), meanwhile, has won titles in four weight divisions, but he’s never actually beaten an A-list opponent. In fact, every time he takes on an elite fighter, he loses. He’s determined to flip around that storyline on Saturday.
This 147-pound bout might not be a fight that belongs on PPV. But you can be sure that Pacquiao—even at his advanced age, he’s still one of the most fun boxers in the world to watch—and Broner (who always draws good ratings on premium cable telecasts) should compel hundreds of thousands of people to pay $74.99 to watch this matchup on Showtime PPV, Showtime.com, or the Showtime app. Even if you’ve cut the cord, you still have plenty of ways to watch a Pacquiao vs. Broner online.
Pacquiao vs. Broner
- When: Saturday, Jan. 19, at 9pm ET
- Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
- Cost: $74.99
- Streaming: Showtime app or Showtime.com
Pacquiao vs. Broner live stream: How to watch online
If you want to watch a live stream of Pacquaio vs. Broner, you’re going to have to pay $75 for it. There is no legal way to take it in for free. But you also don’t have to have cable to watch.
1) Sling TV
Cost: $25-$40 per month for Sling TV (after a 7-day free trial)
If you want to get the most bang out of purchasing the Pacquaio vs. Broner PPV, consider ordering it via Sling TV. As we noted in our Sling TV review, offers the best things about cable without the long-term contracts. Sling TV’s combo package, Sling Orange + Blue, offers everything from ESPN and FS1 to FX and AMC. If you’re already a customer or if you’ve previously used Sling TV, you can order the PPV for $74.99. Everyone else will need to sign up for a free seven-day trial first. Sling TV’s compatible devices include Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices. If you’re on Roku, you can also watch all of the undercard bouts for free in the “Sling Sneak Peek” section of the app.
You can visit Showtime.com to stream it on your computer or you can download the app and use it on a variety of streaming platforms. If you have cable and don’t want to stream it, you can also order it directly from your service provider, or you can view it with others in select movie theaters, bars, and restaurants across the country. (For a list of the movie theaters, click here).
If you want to watch the event on a mobile device, there are a variety of ways to do it. You can download the Showtime app on iOS devices, including AppleTV (4th generation or later), Android phones and tablets, and Amazon Fire TV devices. For the first time, the Showtime app also can be downloaded on Roku, Xbox One, and Android TV.
It’s also worth noting that you don’t need a Showtime subscription to order the PPV. All you need is $75. But if you watch the fight on Showtime.com and you’ve never had a Showtime subscription, you’ll receive a free 30-day trial for the premium cable network (you’ll still have to pay $75 for the PPV, though). Before the PPV begins, you can stream the official pre-show on Showtime’s social media platforms, beginning at 8pm ET.
Pacquiao vs. Broner: Why it matters
There’s no question that, for all their faults, Pacquiao and Broner are legitimate boxing stars. Based on that fact alone, this is a fight worth watching.
“Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner are undoubtedly two of boxing’s biggest stars and this must-see event will be available nearly everywhere boxing fans consume their content,” Stephen Espinoza, the president of Showtime Sports, said. “Pacquiao and Broner are among the most talented and athletically gifted boxers of this era, showcasing power, speed, and showmanship. Add in a strong undercard of meaningful fights, and it’s the perfect way for boxing fans to kick off 2019.”
For Broner, this is a must-win fight if he wants to keep receiving seven-figure paydays. He’s a +230 underdog, meaning you’d win $230 if you bet $100 on Broner to win.
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“This win makes me an icon,” Broner said. “It makes me what I always wanted to be, and what everybody always thought I would be. A win here and I’m a legend overnight.”
Pacquiao is already a legend and a future Hall of Famer. But he continues to fight at a high level. One day, of course, he won’t, and it could happen during any fight from now until he hangs up his gloves for good. Broner is likely hoping Pacquiao’s age will show on Saturday more than ever before so he can pull off the upset.
“My journey in this sport is still continuing,” said Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win titles in eight weight classes. “I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to, but I’m driven to keep my name at the top.”
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.