Manny Pacquiao dominates Adrien Broner to retain his WBA Regular title
At the MGM Grand, tonight Manny Pacquiao had his way with Adrien Broner; defeating him by unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112) to retain his WBA Welterweight title.
While Pacquiao mostly controlled the action, Broner teased us acting like he was going to do something. However, in the end, he was once again little more than a hype job.
Rounds 1 to 6
Over the first three rounds, Pacquiao’s activity dictated the fight. But, even in the first three rounds, there was one thing that was noticeably different from Broner. He was actually using his legs! Something many pundits had been critical about when analyzing his style over the years.
In round four, Broner started doing an excellent job of boxing and it continued into round five. It was like he had studied Floyd Mayweather’s fight against Pacquiao and did his best to adopt his strategy. He made good use of the jab and did an effective job of countering.
Rounds 6 to 12
In the sixth round, Pacquiao concentrated his efforts to the body – particularly with the straight left-hand; one of which nearly made Broner fold over. Broner concentrated on countering with the straight right-hand and left hook. Though Pacquiao won that round, his opponent landed a nice right uppercut left-hook to end the round.
With 0:53 to go in the seventh, Pacquiao’s left hand badly stunned Broner. The 4-division champion started bleeding from the mouth to close out the round.
While the 8th round was mundane, Pacquiao hurt Broner again late in round nine by way of another punch to the chin. How he stayed up from that left-hand, I’ll never know. One thing you can’t question about the Ohio native is his toughness.
At this point, the fight was effectively over as the challenger did no more than move around, looking to go the distance with the champion. The crowd sensed what was happening, grew frustrated, and started to boo the action in the 11th. Pacquiao cruised in the final round fully confident the fight was his.
In The End
To sum it up, Broner basically does what he always does… disappoint. The question is, why does he continue to get multiple chances at big fights? And what was more galling, he had the nerve to say afterwards that he won the fight!
With Mayweather sitting ringside, Pacquiao was asked if he would want a rematch. He stated said if the 5-division champion comes back to boxing, let’s make it happen!
By: Michael Wilson Jr.