Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao showed the boxing world that he still has plenty of gas left in his tank after overwhelming Adrien Broner in an all-out war on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
At 40 years old, the Filipino champ stamped his class and dominated his American challenger in twelve rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory and to retain his WBA welterweight belt he captured in July.
But “The Problem” insisted in the post-fight interview that he was robbed of a victory over Pacquiao, much to the dismay of fans in attendance at the MGM Grand.
Manny Pacquiao proved on Saturday night that he aged like wine when he delivered a dominant performance against a younger opponent and four-weight world champion, Adrien Broner.
With his WBA welterweight belt on the line, “Pacman” fought through 12 rounds with his known quickness and accuracy to eke out a convincing unanimous decision victory – his second consecutive win since losing to Jeff Horn in 2017.
The ringside judges scored 116-112, 117-111, and 116-112 all in favour of the Filipino athlete, who starred in his first boxing fight in the United States after a two-year absence. After the win, Pacquiao’s boxing record improved to 61-7-2 while Broner ended with a 33-4-1 win-loss slate.
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“I feel so happy that I did my best in the fight. I thank God for this victory. The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue. At the age of 40, I can still give my best. Although I wanted to be aggressive more, my camp told me don’t be careless and to counter him and wait for opportunities.”
And as expected, “Pacman” challenger his rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who watched the fight at ringside, to a re-run of their 2015-showdown, which remains as one of the most lucrative fights in boxing history. The undefeated boxing legend is rumoured to come out of retirement this year to face Pacquiao in a rematch.
“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight, I’m willing to fight again.”
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While the whole boxing world saw Pacquiao dominated the entire bout, Broner cried that it was the other way around. Speaking to broadcaster Jim Gray in the post-fight chat, the 29-year old insisted that he beat Pacquiao as he believes he landed more punches during the contest. When Gray asserted that he only averaged eight punches per round, “The Problem” threatened to assault the broadcaster.
‘I beat him, everybody out there know I beat him! I controlled the fight, he was missing and I hit him clean more times. I beat him!’
It already sounds like you’re against me,’ Broner continued. ‘I already ain’t got a fair shake talking to you. But let me talk something, let you all know, I want to thank the whole hood who came out here. I did this for the hood and you know I beat that boy.
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