Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner

Two of boxing biggest stars kicked off fight week in style as eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and four-division world champion Adrien Broner arrived at MGM Grand in Las Vegas to a throng of excited fans.

The 40-year-old Filipino multiple world champion was quicker and more accurate as he controlled each round and cruised to the triumph to take his career record to 61-7-2.

Two judges scored the bout 116-112 in favour of Pacquiao, while the third had the Filipino Senator a 117-111 victor. Broner covered up and retreated, only to be buzzed again by follow-up punches. A left lead to the body and then another hard straight left triggered a repeat performance, Broner again pinned in a corner under furious pressure and even when he did escape, the American was wobbled back with a big left hook.

CompuBox credited Pacquiao for landing 62 more overall punches than Broner (112-of-568 to 50-of-295).

"I beat him. Everyone out there knows I beat him", Broner said. His best only showed in jab percentage as he hit 11 times in only 115 he had thrown on Pacquiao (10-percent).

Pacquiao, whose pro career stretches back 24 years, showed he still has the speed that carried him over his spectacular career. "I clearly won the last seven rounds".

The fight takes place on Saturday, January 19 with fans in the United Kingdom having to wait up until the early hours of Sunday morning to watch the action. "And right now I'm living a happy and healthy life".

"It is my first fight at the age of 40 so I have to prove, Manny Pacquiao is there, still part of boxing".

At the conclusion of the pay-per-view bout, all three judges heavily favored Pacquiao; they had it 117-111 and 116-112 (twice).

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