Boxing: Pacquiao dominates Broner in unanimous decision win
UNTV News • January 20, 2019 • 3477
(Reuters) – WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao showed flashes of his past brilliance as he delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on Saturday.
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.
American Broner, 29, fought gamely and stayed upright despite being hit with several heavy combinations but was ultimately outclassed.
Retired great Floyd Mayweather attended the fight, fuelling speculation of a rematch against Pacquiao, who the undefeated American beat in 2015.
Two judges scored the bout 116-112 in favour of Pacquiao, while the third had the Filipino Senator a 117-111 winner.
“I’m so happy,” said Pacquiao. “God gave me this blessing (of good health). At the age of 40 I can still give my best.”
About the only person in attendance who disagreed with the outcome was Broner (33-4-1), who protested the result emphatically in his post fight interview.
“I beat him. Everyone out there knows I beat him,” Broner said. “I controlled the fight, he was missing and I hit him clean more times.”
It was difficult to take Broner’s claims seriously on a night when he was relegated to the role of defensive fighter.
Pacquiao appeared the younger and more spry of the two as he
attacked his opponent’s midsection and ultimately landed 47 body shots to Broner’s three.
In the seventh round, Pacquiao pushed Broner back to the ropes and delivered an onslaught of punches that left Broner holding on for survival.
Pacquiao nearly knocked his opponent down again in the ninth when he delivered a clean left hook to Broner’s chin that knocked him back.
“I wanted to push more but my trainer said ‘do not be careless, wait for him and you counter’,” Pacquiao said.
The final few rounds were anticlimactic as Broner played it safe and Pacquiao stayed in control.
At the final bell, Pacquiao dropped to his knees in his corner for a moment of contemplation.
Pacquiao is enjoying a career turnaround after uninspiring efforts that left many believing his career was nearing an end.
“I don’t believe my career is over,” Pacquiao said. “I proved it in my last fight against (Lucas Matthysse) and now proved it again. The Manny Pacquiao journey still continues.”
Mayweather, whose last outing was a farce of an exhibition bout against a Japanese kickboxer, refused the entreaties of a ringside TV reporter to indicate whether he would be willing to fight Pacquiao again.
The Filipino was less reticent.
“Tell him to come back to the ring and then we will fight,” Pacquiao said.
“I’m willing to fight if he’s willing to come back in boxing.”
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Nick Mulvenney
(Reuters) – WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao delivered a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The 40-year-old Filipino multiple world champion was quicker and more accurate as he controlled each round and cruised to the triumph over Broner, 29, who fought gamely and stayed upright despite being hit with several heavy combinations.
Retired great Floyd Mayweather attended the fight, fueling speculation of a rematch against Pacquiao. Undefeated Mayweather beat Pacquiao in 2015.
Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution commending boxing legend Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao for his victory over Keith Thurman.
The adopted Senate Resolution No. 20 takes into consideration the resolutions filed by Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr., Juan Miguel Zubiri, Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay and Richard Gordon.
Pacquiao clinched the World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight title when he bested Thurman in their fight held in Las Vegas, Nevada last July 21.
The resolution said Pacquiao should be honored for bringing “immense pride and joy to Filipinos the world over with his accomplishments as a boxer.”
“Outside the area of boxing, Senator Pacquiao has excellently fulfilled his constitutional duties as a Senator of the Republic, faithfully performing his functions as an outstanding public servant,” it added.
In reply to the commendation, Pacquiao thanked his colleagues for their support.
He said his latest win showed he can still put up a good fight with someone who is 10 years his junior.
“The abilities and skills I have are given by God. I believe that ability, skill and responsibility has a purpose and that purpose is to inspire the Filipino people to rise above their limitations and overcome their circumstances,” Pacquiao said.
With this purpose in mind, the lawmaker said he will continue his boxing career.
“There are many who say that there won’t be another Manny Pacquiao. But I believe that we have many boxers who are just waiting for an opportunity, waiting for our help. It is high time for us to invest on our boxing talents who are loaded with potentials. The so-called diamond in the rough can just be around the corner,” he added.
He also called on his fellow senators to support the proposed creation of the Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission, which he believes would pave the way for the Philippines to be known as the boxing and combat sports capital of Asia.
“I am ready to work with all of you in overcoming the challenges in the 18th Congress. Together as champions of the Filipino people, we shall emerge victorious and continue our fight for the country,” Pacquiao said.
Malacañang congratulates Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao for defending his WBA welterweight belt against Keith Thurman on Sunday (July 21).
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Pacquiao made the whole country proud. Pacquiao won in a split decision and knocked down Thurman in the first round.
“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” he said.
Meanwhile other lawmakers have sent their congratulations to the Pambansang Kamao.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) also joins the Filipino people in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.
“We share the triumph of our People’s Champ with every Filipino who cheered and pray for this latest honor for the country,” according to their statement. “Senator Pacquiao not only brought honor and glory to the country but also inspired many Filipinos to excel in their work.”—AAC (With reports from Lea Ylagan, Rosalie Coz, Harlene Delgado, Grace Casin)
Filipino multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao, who turned 40 last month, (January 16) is set to go in his title defense against Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The WBA welterweight champion will attempt to summon the knockout power that made the “PacMan” the sport’s only eight-division world champion and among the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time. After a knockout drought, Pacquiao had a return to form in July when he stunned defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout in Kuala Lumpur to claim the title. Broner,29, a former four division World champion from Cincinnati has a record of (33-3-1, 24 KOs) has three losses but has never been stopped. Broner who has complained about being slighted by fight organizers in purse size told the press conference audience, “I didn’t come here to lose or lay down. I came here to get this victory.” — Reuters
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