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Adrien Broner believes victory over Manny Pacquiao will elevate him to “icon” status

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Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner 33-3-1 (24) believes victory over Manny Pacquiao 60-7-2 (39) will turn him into the superstar he has always believed he deserved to be.

The former four-division titleholder will challenge the Filipino superstar for his WBA ‘regular’ welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19.

“After this victory, I will be taking over the sport of boxing. This is just the beginning,” said Broner. “This win makes me an icon.”

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The fight will be Broner’s first pay-for-view event and he sees this as his big opportunity to become a crossover star.

If the 29-year-old Cincinnati native is to be believed, victory is part of his destiny.

“This is my first PPV but I was always supposed to be here. God doesn’t make mistakes,” 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… I’m already a star in boxing, but a win here and I’m taking over the sport. This is just the beginning.”

Broner, who has three points decision losses on his ledger, insists that Pacquiao’s chin will let him down. It’s a big call considering Pacquiao has only been stopped once in his last 41 contests extending back almost 20-years.

“It’s not a mystery – he’s been knocked out before,” Broner said. “Not once, not twice, but three times. And he’s been put down a lot, too.

“There are many blueprints to beat Manny. I think I have all the tools to beat him. I will show all the tools in my arsenal and show all the weaknesses in his.”

The fight will be Broner’s first bout since April last year when he had to settle for a draw against Jessie Vargas in Brooklyn, New York.

Southpaw Pacquiao, 40, last saw action in July when he stopped Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds in Malaysia.

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