Manny Pacquiao showed age is just a number in his 70th professional bout as he produced an impressive onslaught against Adrien Broner to retain his WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title by unanimous decision in Las Vegas.
In front of a sell-out crowd of 13,025 at the MGM Grand, the 40-year-old Filipino dominated, using all his experience as Broner struggled to use his reach to trouble Pacquiao. The judges scored it 117-111, 116-112, 116-12 all in favour of Pacquiao.
With Floyd Mayweather watching ringside as talk intensifies over a rematch with Pacquiao, the ‘Pac-Man’ as he is commonly known had the crowd on their feet with a dominant win as he rolled back the years against an overwhelmed Broner.
Pacquiao said after the win: ‘I feel so happy because I did my best in the fight and in training. Our strategy we use a lot and we did a lot in the training camp for this victory.
‘I am so happy because God gave me good health and at the age of 40 I can still give my best. I want to be aggressive more but my coach told me I just wait to counter him.
‘I don’t believe my career is over. I prove it. Manny Pacquiao’s journey still continues. I want to push more but my trainer said just take time and wait for him so I could counter.
On the prospect of a Floyd Mayweather rematch: ‘Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight! I am willing to fight again if he is willing to come back in boxing.’
Mayweather gave no reaction when the camera panned on him as he opted to stay out of the ring and the limelight with the crowd desperate to learn if the two will have another dust-up.
With gaps in the round, a microphone was continually thrust in the direction of Mayweather but he was growing tired of talk he is to meet Pacquiao next.
While not ruling out a return to the ring to fight – particularly given the interest and money the fight would generate – he remained coy between the rounds.
He said: ‘You keep asking me about Manny Pacquiao. He needs to get past Adrien Broner first. And right now I’m living a happy and healthy life.’
Well, he got past Broner and calls for a rematch will only get louder here on in after an aggressive and professional performance from Pacquiao, suggesting he is not slowing down anytime soon.
Pacquiao was the aggressor from the opening bell, in no mood to start sluggishly and hand a psychological boost to Broner who was so confident of leaving the victor when speaking in the build-up.
Broner threw very few punches in the opening rounds leaving the judges with no choice but to side with the veteran in the opposite corner.
Pacquiao attacked at will, using his jab smartly to win round after round before fans were treated to a frantic set of middle rounds where the Filipino appeared to be closing in on another knockout to add to his glowing CV.
Broner kept eyeing the clock, trying to establish how long he had to endure an onslaught from Pacquiao; he was simply trying to survive too many rounds
Raising his arms at the final bell and jumping onto the ropes as if he was victorious, he was booed loudly as the crowd sided with Pacquiao. The decision was correct but Broner was adamant he had been robbed of a win by the scorecards.
‘I beat him, everybody out there knows I beat him,’ Broner said. ‘I clearly won the last seven rounds.’