By Mark Elezaj
MGM Grand, Las Vegas – WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) showed no signs of slowing down as the 40 year old dominated the majority of the fight against Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs).
From the opening bell, Pacquiao applied pressure, out worked and rocked Broner over twelve rounds. The judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.
Pacquiao hurt Broner in the seventh and ninth rounds, but was unable to stop him. Broner, who has never been knocked out as a pro, was able to land counter punches in spots during the final rounds but Pacquiao continued to stalk his prey and make Broner miss. Pacquiao spent most of the 11th and 12th rounds chasing after Broner.
According to CompuBox statistic, Pacquiao landed 62 more punches than Broner (112-of-568 to 50-of-295). Pacquiao also landed more power punches (82-of-197 to 39-of-180) and jabs (30-of-371 to 11-of-115).
After the fight, Pacquaio said:
“I proved in my last fight against Matthysse and now I proved it again,” Pacquiao told Showtime’s Jim Gray in the ring following his win. “The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue.
“I wanted to push more, but my trainer said, ‘Don’t be careless. Wait for him, counter,’ and that’s what I did.”
Broner felt he won the fight telling Jim Gray :
“I beat him, everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight. He was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”
“Let me let all you know, I wanna thank the whole hood who came out here. You know I beat that boy. They are trying to get that money with Pacquiao and Floyd.”
More to come, stay tuned.
~The Fighting Voice~