Manny Pacquiao gave Adrien Broner a comprehensive drubbing and then proceeded to call out his former mentor, Floyd Mayweather, on Saturday night.
However, the retired, 50-0 legend took no notice of the challenge from ringside at the MGM Grand, and it looks as though that rematch won’t be happening any time soon.
As for the fight itself, it began tentatively as the 40-year-old Pacquiao made a few offensive lunges and Broner countered in the opener.
Manny utilised his jab to break through his foe’s guard, hurling combinations at the American who had little answer early on.
Adrien Broner attempted to tie up his opponent and frustrate him in the third, but still ate multiple southpaw straight left hands.
He fired his own right counters, but could not land with much consistency throughout the bout, except in the fourth which was seemingly his best session of the night.
In the middle rounds, the Filipino pursued his foe around the ring with mixed success, but was still comfortably outscoring his opponent who simply wasn’t throwing enough leather.
Come the seventh, Manny Pacquiao made a major breakthrough.
The sequence started with one clean left hand which had Adrien Broner badly hurt up against the ropes. He clung on for dear life to avoid being relentlessly blasted with combinations.
Broner survived the round and then seemed content to merely survive the fight, as he saw out the remaining minutes similarly to how he did in his last defeat to Mikey Garcia – with little apparent desire to turn things around.
Come the final bell, the 29-year-old was soundly beaten and the judges declared Pacquiao a 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 unanimous decision victor.
“I feel so happy that I did my best in the fight. I thank God for this victory,” said the winner in his post-fight interview.
“At the age of 40 I just want to give my best.
“I proved it again, at the age of 40, Manny Pacquiao shall continue.”
The eight-weight world champion was then asked about a rumoured potential rematch with former rival Floyd Mayweather, to which he answered: “Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight, I’m willing to fight again.”
Mayweather, sat ringside, gave no response.
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