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Pacquiao and Broner ready for Saturday title fight

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:13 AM

(L-R) Adrien Broner, Manny Pacquiao

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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Boxing: Pacquiao dominates Broner in unanimous decision win

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Sunday, 20 January 2019 04:07 PM

January 19, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Manny Pacquiao (black trunks) and Adrien Broner (purple/gold trunks) box during a WBA welterweight world title boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao won via unanimous decision. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

(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

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Boxing official Bruce McTavish is now officially a Filipino citizen

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 03:56 PM

International boxing referee Bruce McTavish with Sen. JV Ejercito | Photo via Sen. JV Ejercito Twitter account

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate of the Philippines on Monday, October 1, granted boxing official and philanthropist Bruce McTavish his long-overdue Filipino citizenship “with all the rights and corresponding obligations appurtenant thereto as a natural-born Filipino citizen.”

Sponsored by Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights chair Sen. Richard Gordon, House Bill 7388 grants Philippine citizenship to McTavish in recognition of his “exemplary contributions as a sportsman, entrepreneur, civic leader, devout Catholic and philanthropist.”

McTavish has applied for a Filipino citizenship by naturalization as early as 2010.

Originally from Auckland, New-Zealand, the respected veteran boxing referee has been residing in Angeles City, Pampanga since 1967. He has been married to Filipina Carmen Tayag for over 35 years with whom he has two daughters.

Known for officiating several world title fights and some previous matches of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, McTavish is also noted for his philanthropic projects for street children in the country. — Yssa Jalmasco

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Revived Pacquiao stuns Matthysse to claim welterweight crown

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Sunday, 15 July 2018 03:16 PM

Boxing – WBA Welterweight Title Fight – Manny Pacquiao v Lucas Matthysse – Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 15, 2018 Manny Pacquiao in action against Lucas Matthysse REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Filipino legend looked focused and busy from the opening bell and had the 15,000 fans at the Axiata Arena on their feet when he sent his Argentine opponent to the canvas three times in total with an array of clubbing blows.

The southpaw dropped his opponent for the final time with a brutal uppercut and the win, his first inside the distance since 2009, improves the eight-division world champion’s record to 60-7-2.

“I’m surprised. Matthysse is a very tough opponent,” Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview following a performance in which he showed glimpses of the spectacular form that catapulted him to the top of global boxing over a decade ago.

“I knocked him down and that’s a bonus for being patient in the fight, and working hard in training.”

Pacquiao set the pace early, probing for openings and moving menacingly around the ring as he dropped Matthysse for a first time in the third round with an uppercut after a flurry of punches had forced the Argentine onto the defensive.

Unable to gain a foothold against Pacquiao’s swarming attacks, Matthysse (39-5-1) looked to land on the counter but was forced to take a knee towards the end of the fifth round when he was visibly shaken by a right hook to the temple.

Referee Kenny Bayless called off the fight after two minutes and 43 seconds of the seventh round when Matthysse buckled following another stiff uppercut and spat out his mouthguard as he was being counted.

The win, in his first bout since losing the WBO welterweight title to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane a year ago, gives Pacquiao his 11th world title in an incredible career that has made him a national hero in his native Philippines.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by John O’Brien

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