MANILA, Philippines – Like fine wine.
Manny Pacquiao has turned back the clock once more on the way to a dominant unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner to retain his World Boxing Association regular welterweight belt on Sunday, January 20 (Philippine time).
Now 40, the sport's only eight-division world champion was more quick on his feet and elusive against the 29-year-old American as he rekindled his fire at the famed MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, where he last fought in 2016.
The judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112 for a convincing triumph for the defending champion.
Pacquiao had the challenger fighting for his life as he peppered him with a flurry of punches, particularly in the 7th and 9th rounds.
On the offensive throughout, the Filipino had Broner leaning towards the ropes behind an onslaught of shots to the head and the body.
But Broner, who hasn't been stopped in his career, displayed his durability as the fight went the distance.
Still, Pacquiao proved to be the better boxer in the latter rounds, impressing all 3 judges for the landslide victory.
"Manny Pacquiao's journey still continues," said Pacquiao, who has been getting calls of retirement after he turned 40 in December.
Pacquiao hiked his record to 61 wins against 7 losses and 2 draws while Broner absorbed his 4th loss to go with 33 wins and 1 draw. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.