If you were a boxing fan and wanted to write a script of the most likely outcome of the fight between eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao and three division world champion Adrien Broner, you got the most reasonable proximally last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Filipino legend bested the flamboyant Broner over twelve years to the delight of most of the 13,000 fans in attendance. With his main weapons being a busy right jab and a straight left hand to the body, Pacquiao outworked Broner round after round, continually backing up the former 130, 135, and 147 pound titleholder. While his footwork was nowhere near as sharp as it was five to seven years ago, his punch selection and ring generalship were more than enough to carry the day.
As has often been the case, Broner threw nowhere near the amount of punches he needed in order to be successful in the fight. According to the punch counters, Broner failed to land in double digits in ANY of the 12 rounds, landing just 50 punches in the entire fight. That ain’t enough in 12 rounds against a run of the mill club fighter, let alone one of the best fighters in the world. His best round was the fourth, where he planted his feet and landed some nice right hand counters. But Pacquiao was right back to landing his jab and pecking to the body.
Pacman’s best round was the seventh, when he hurt Broner twice with left hands and put him against the ropes, landing hard combinations. Broner was able to survive, but Manny’s pace stayed up for the next few rounds. Many thought Broner would make a run late, but there was no flurry in the 12th round. In the end, Pacquiao outlanded 112 to 50, and the 47 punches to the body made a clear impact.
The judges scored the fight 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112, all for Pacquiao, and this was very generous for Broner. Fightbooth had the fight 119-109, scoring only the fourth round for Broner.
While Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) is forty years old and clearly not the guy who retired Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, destroyed Miguel Cotto, and broke Antonio Margarito’s face, he was in tremendous shape here and is still one of the best fighters in the world. Now that he is signed with Premier Boxing Champions, he will have no shortage of fights in the 147 pound division and given his status as a boxing legend, people will be ready to come seen him fight. So let’s keep the Pacman Circus Going.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 20, 2019
Just don’t expect me to pay $74.99.
As for Adrien Broner, I hope he has the time of his life.