CHICAGO — The whispers we once heard from our insider source has finally been confirmed a few hours ago.

Manny Pacquiao, the fighting Senator from the Philippines, will make a triumphant return to Las Vegas, the site of many of his greatest hits.

“Adrien Broner,” he told SPIN.ph. 

“I think either January 12 or January 17,” added Pacquiao, who was at the Makati Shangri-la, a slice of heaven on earth disguised as a five-star hotel, where PacMan was introduced as the latest ambassador to a sports promotion society.

Pacquiao (60-7-2 with 39 KOs) is the only 8-division champ in the history of boxing but he is 39 and in the twilight of an illustrious, Hall-of-Fame career. At stake is the WBA Welterweight belt which he won via systematic annihilation of Argentine brawler Lucas Matthysse.

But Adrien Broner won’t be a human punching bag. Not only is he ten years younger than the Filipino legend, the 5-foot-6 American has stamped his class through four divisions and has a stern record of 33-3 with 24 KOs.)

Homer D. Sayson is a veteran journalist with a rich experience in print, broadcast and television media. He is currently a columnist and the U.S. editor of SPIN.ph. He is also a columnist and NBA page editor at PhilBoxing.com.