Las Vegas, Nevada, January 19, 2019 – Whether Saturday’s fight was merely the appetizer for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather or not, Manny Pacquiao kept his eyes on the prize and thoroughly dominated Adrien Broner, winning a lopsided unanimous decision. Scores at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas were 117-111 (Dave Moretti), and 116-112 (Tim Cheatham and Glenn Feldman). But it didn’t appear anywhere even close to these scores. It was Pacquiao’s most dominant win in years.
Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), a former four division champion, saw his will to win ebb away round by round. He didn’t have the speed, power, or ring generalship to turn back the veteran eight division champion’s skills. His lopsided age advantage at 28, a dozen years younger than 40-year-old Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), did nothing for him. Imagine the pair facing each other at the same age, 28. To the delight of the partisan sellout crowd of 13,025 roaring for every punch thrown by Pacquiao, Broner couldn’t keep up.
Pacquiao on the brink of knockouts twice
Near the end of round 7, it appeared Pacquiao might end the night early as he delivered a punishing, furious series of punches. The crowd roared its approval as Broner hung on to survive the round. Again in the ninth round, a vintage version of Pacquiao from his prime delivered a sweet left hook to the chin. It threw Broner off balance across the ring into the ropes, which saved him from a knockdown. Again, the veteran Broner managed to survive. From this point to the closing bell, it’s all Broner did.
CompuBox stats show Broner didn’t land more than eight punches in a round. Pacquiao landed 112 ot 548 total punches (20 percent), against just 50 of 295 for Broner (17 percent). Pacquiao also doubled down on Broner in power punches, 82 landed of 197 (42 percent) to Broner’s 39 of 180 (22 percent).
Broner isn’t completely lacking in boxing skills, and he’s scored some significant wins. It proves even at a slowed down pace nearing the end of his career just how good Manny Pacquiao can be when he’s healthy, happy, and motivated.
Pacquiao was gleeful in the ring, but more subdued and thoughtful in his post-fight remarks. “I feel so happy because I did my best in the fight and in training. Thank God for this victory,” said Pacquiao.
“I’m so happy because God gave me this good health. At the age of 40, I can still give my best. Although I wanted to be aggressive more, my corner (trainer Freddie Roach) told me don’t be careless, and to counter him and wait for opportunities,” said Pacquiao about his knockout opportunities. “I wanted to push more but my trainer said don’t be careless. Wait for him, counter, and that’s what I did.”
Broner, who jumped up onto the ropes in celebration at the final bell as if he won, was greeted with a blast of booing from the audience. He received more of the same during his post-fight remarks.
“I beat him,” declaired Broner. “Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him … They are trying to get that money with Pacquiao and Floyd,” said Broner, insisting the fix was in from the start.
Is a Mayweather rematch ahead?
Floyd Mayweather was a co-promoter of the fight, and was sitting ringside. Did his interest in the fight extend beyond his role as promoter? Pacquiao was asked about his future plans, and whether they involved sport or politics. “I proved in my last fight against Matthysse and now I proved it again. The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue,” said Pacquiao.
When pressed about a possible rematch with Mayweather, Pacquiao answered as the Showtime Boxing cameras focused on an uncharacteristically quiet Mayweather. “Tell him (Floyd Mayweather) 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.”
If Mayweather isn’t interested in the rematch, does the Filipino Senator intend to run for president of his nation in 2022, the next election in which he is eligible? “I don’t have becoming president in my mind right now. I’m happy serving people as a senator. I’m so happy that my fans and the Filipino people who came here live and watched my fight.”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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