Manny Pacquiao overpowers Adrien Broner to retain his WBA belt. The judges scored it 117-111, 116-112, 116-12 all in favour of Pacquaio.
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Pacquiao admitted that he wanted to score an abbreviated win but was cautioned by his trainers to exercise caution.
It was Pacquiao's first fight since turning 40 years old.
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, with the MGM crowd firmly behind him, came flying out of the traps behind his jab and straight right and even if over-eagerness saw his biggest shots miss, the eight-weight victor took the first three rounds in a familiar style.
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"At the age of 40, I can still give my best", Pacquiao said.
Broner has triumphed in 33 of his 38 fights so far and will be desperate to add Pacquiao's scalp to his record. "Tell him to come back to the ring, and we will fight", Pacquiao said. Turned out Pacquiao did, and then some as he pushed the attack against Broner. "The Manny Pacquiao journey still continues". Mayweather, who beat Pacquiao via unanimous decision in their "Fight of the Century" four years ago, watched at ringside as his Filipino rival made light work of Broner.
Broner landed only 50 punches, according to CompuBox and was outlanded by a more than 2-to-1 margin.
'I don't believe my career is over.
Showtime announcer Jim Gray tried to get Mayweather to climb in the ring after the fight and discuss a possible bout with Pacquiao, but Mayweather demurred. Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said during the post-fight press conference that Mayweather won't end a third retirement to oppose Pacquiao again.
Mayweather has considered exiting retirement for a sequel of his 2015 decision win over Pacquiao in a welterweight title unification fight that crowned the king of the era and became the biggest grossing fight in combat sports history with more than $600 million.