By Tre Berry
Living legend Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39KO) was successful Saturday night, as he looked very spry at 40 years of age en route to defeating Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (33-4-1, 24KO) by comfortable unanimous decision.
Pacquiao gave him many different looks, outworking and outwitting the younger man in a chess game, firing off multiple combinations and staying out of Broner’s range for most of the fight to counter consistently, although Broner found a few opportunities to get some clean shots in, but was landing one at a time virtually throughout the match.
Broner only threw an anemic 295 punches through 12 rounds, and there is no way in hell you can ever win a boxing match by throwing less than 300 punches; In fact, the 40 year old veteran literally doubled Adrien’s punch output, who is 11 years Pacquiao’s junior, which is a shame in and of itself.
Even more shameful than that, Broner went off post-fight with one of his usual ridiculous, over the top rants, believing somehow he had won, what was clearly a one sided, dominant affair, against his favor. Broner also didn’t do himself any favors in the Championship rounds, with Manny predominantly chasing him around the ring, especially in the waning seconds of the 12th round.
As for Pacquiao, he of course expressed interest towards Floyd Mayweather Jr. (who was in attendance due to his fighter Badou Jack being on the card) for a possible re-match if Floyd ever decides to step foot in the ring again and fight an actual boxer. When prompted by Jim Gray on whether Floyd had any desires in the re-match, Mayweather stayed mum about it, thus making it enigmatic whether it will become a reality or not.
All in all, a very sharp performance for Manny, who realistically, if you erase the Jeff Horn bout from memory, has looked the same as he has been within the last 5 years, which is interesting in and of itself given his age. This was the worst that Broner was ever defeated as a professional, and his effort you could categorize as flat out dismal.
JON UDDIN = 118 – 110 for MANNY PACQUIAO
TRÉ BERRY = 118 – 109 for MANNY PACQUIAO