- Manny Pacquiao romped to a straight-forward decision victory over Adrien Broner on Saturday.
- Broner, 11 years Pacquiao’s junior, was woefully out of his depth and surrendered almost all of the rounds to the unrelenting and merciless Filipino fighter.
- Pacquiao is now campaigning for a lucrative rematch against old rival Floyd Mayweather, who was sitting ringside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao, 40, rolled back the years to beat Adrien Broner, 29, on Saturday, and then challenged Floyd Mayweather to a lucrative rematch in the summer.
Broner was off-form, slow, and second-best throughout his WBA world welterweight championship bout against Pacquiao, and the Filipino fighter was able to dictate the fight with his strong left hand, solid combination punching, and intuitive movement.
Far removed from his prime athletic and pugilistic years when he pulverized opponents at will, Pacquiao still managed to outwork Broner, throwing 70 jabs through round three, before ramping up his attack with brutal overhand rights and body shots by the sixth.
If the younger Broner thought the older Pacquiao would slow down in the second half of the fight, he thought wrong as the seventh was a big round for the veteran. At one point, Pacquiao had Broner hurt on the ropes, giving the Las Vegas crowd its first sense of an early finish, as he took heavy shot after heavy shot.
The key to Pacquiao’s success throughout the fight was a simple southpaw jab to the body, which opened up Broner’s defensive guard and allowed Pacquiao to then pepper Broner’s face with violent combinations.
By the ninth, Pacquiao almost had Broner down, on the floor, and ready to receive a count, as Pacquiao’s speed and piercing punching power continued into the later rounds.
Broner attempted to nullify Pacquiao but his single-shot counter-punching strategy failed to limit his opponent’s aggression, and before long all he could do was hit reverse and dance around the ring, attempting to escape Pacquiao, like he had accepted he had been defeated.
That defeat came at the end of the 12th, after the final bell, when the three ringside judges announced a decision victory for the dominant Pacquiao, teeing up a potential Mayweather rematch worth hundreds of millions of dollars to both combatants.
Pacquiao issued the challenge there and then, as he stood in the ring successful after a 12-round triumph. “I proved it in my last fight and I’ve proved it again; at the age of 40, Manny Paquiao is still here,” he said. “Tell Floyd to come back to the ring and we will fight, I’m willing to fight Floyd.”
But Mayweather, who was ringside, remained poker-faced throughout Pacquiao’s post-fight speech.
With the decision, Pacquiao moves his wildly successful career record to 61 wins (39 by KO) after 70 fights, against seven losses and two draws. In defeat, Broner falls to 33 wins against four defeats and one draw.
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