Manny Pacquiao wanted to show that at the age of 40 he could still perform well in the ring. Adrien Broner did his best to make Pacquiao look good.
Pacquiao defended the WBA “regular” welterweight title on Saturday night by coasting to a unanimous decision win over Broner with scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112 to push his record to 61-7-2 while Broner suffered his second loss in three fights and holds a record of 33-4-1. It was a fight where there was no doubt who the better boxer was as Pacquiao asserted himself during the opening bell as Broner was content to throw single shots looking for openings to counter Manny’s aggression. Even though that seemed to be Broner’s gameplan, he didn’t utilize it very well and give Manny a reason to not come forward.
In the opening round, the sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and those that watched on Showtime PPV saw Pacquaio be the first to throw combinations and get to their opponent. That set the tone for the rest of the fight as Pacquiao did the things that he has been known for during most of his career, coming forward and throwing punches while backing his opponent to the ropes and adopting a defensive stance for the majority of the fight. Broner was 14 years younger than Pacquiao and had a slight reach advantage, but none of that played a factor in the ring as he did nothing to show that he was the fresher fighter. He never had Manny in danger the entire fight while Broner himself got caught with a straight left hand in the seventh that rocked him and would have led to a knockdown if Manny was able to connect with a few more big shots. It didn’t happen, though, but it led to Broner being even more conservative and getting through the fight without being seriously hurt.
After the fight, Manny was happy with his performance in the ring. “At the age of 40 I can still give my best,” Pacquiao said. “Although I wanted to be aggressive more, my camp told me don’t be careless and to counter him and wait for opportunities.”
The talk surrounding the fight and afterwards was if Manny Pacquiao would fight Floyd Mayweather again if Floyd came out of retirement. When the topic was brought up, Manny was open for a possible rematch.
“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight. I’m willing to fight again Floyd Mayweather if he’s willing to come back to boxing.”
As for Broner, he was animated after the decision was announced. He felt that he won the fight.
“I beat him! Everybody out there knows I beat him,” Broner said. “I controlled the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”
He also had his opinion as to why the decision went in Pacquiao’s favor.
“They are trying to get that money with Pacquiao and Floyd.”