Photos from Pacquiao’s victory over Adrien Broner

 Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision over Adrien “The Problem” Broner to defend his WBA Welterweight World Championship on SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday night in front of a sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The scores were 117-111, 116-112 twice.

The global icon and boxing’s only eight-division champion Pacquaio – who was fighting for the first time as a 40-year-old, and the first time in the United State in more than two years – used effective jabs and sustained body work in his 70th professional fight that was watched by an announced attendance of 13,025 fans, including the retired Floyd Mayweather.

“I proved in my last fight against [Lucas] Matthysse and now I proved it again: The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue,” Pacquiao said.

Asked by SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray if he would like to rematch Mayweather in the future, Pacquiao said he’d do it if Mayweather unretired.

“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight,” Pacquaio said. “I’m willing to fight Floyd Mayweather again if he’s willing to come back to boxing.”

SHOWTIME Sports official scorer Steve Farhood scored the fight 118-110 in favor of the Filipino Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), giving Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) only the fourth and the 10th rounds.

Broner said he thought he did enough to win the fight. “I beat him,” he said. “Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”

Pacquiao maintained a strong pace throughout the fight, throwing 47 punches per round compared to Broner, who averaged almost half that output. Broner was limited to single-digit total connects in every round while Pacquiao exceeded double-digits five times.

Photos/Courtesy: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME, Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions, Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

 

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Pacquiao: ‘People writing me off after the Jeff Horn fight was good for me’

When Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight title in controversial fashion to Jeff Horn in July 2017, many thought we had seen the best of Pacquiao, but he returned a year later and stopped Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds. Now, he continues stake his claim as one of the best at 147 when he battles Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas(Showtime PPV).

“People writing me off after the Jeff Horn fight was good for me. I’m not mad at anyone who thought that,” Pacquiao said on Wednesday. “It just became a challenge and a test to me of whether or not I could still show my best.”

Pacquiao would show his best against Matthysse this summer in a performance that reminded Pacquiao of some of his great performances of the past.

“The knockout in my last fight felt good. It felt like my younger days against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and others,” Pacquiao said. “That fight was a big challenge for me to recover from the fight against Jeff Horn. People said that my career was done. But I never got discouraged, I just worked hard and made the knockout against Lucas Matthysse happen.”

The hope for Pacquiao is he will stop Broner on Saturday night, and to make that happen, he plans on putting the pressure on the Cincinnati native.

“I don’t need to dislike my opponent to want a knockout. I’m just doing my job in the ring. If the knockout comes, it comes,” Pacquiao said. “We’re hoping to have that opportunity Saturday. I have to pressure him to make him open up. Wherever he goes, I’ll be there.”

Photo: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

Broner on Pacquiao: ‘I’m going to beat him up and have a drink with him afterward’

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner went face-to-face Wednesday in Las Vegas at the final press conference before they battle on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Broner has never been a fighter who lacked confidence, and he has a lot of confidence coming into this fight against Pacquaio.

“I’m not in awe of any fighter, especially Manny Pacquiao. I hope he’s in awe of me. I’m a one of a kind fighter too,” Broner said on Wednesday. “I’ve made history in this sport.

“I just have to go out and win this fight; then everything is going to start going my way. Saturday night, I will be victorious. This is a defining moment in my career, and it’s going to be one of the biggest nights of my life.

“Pacquiao hasn’t fought me, so I’m not worried about what he says about me right now. He’s going to have a different outlook after he fights me Saturday night.”

If all goes well for Broner, he is going to party hard in “Sin City.”

“I’m going to turn Las Vegas into a big block party after I win on Saturday night. It’s going to change my career,” Broner said.

“Manny Pacquiao has done a lot for the sport. I’m going to beat him up and have a drink with him afterward. I grew up in boxing, and I know what’s going on. It’s a business, but don’t get it twisted, I’m going to dominate and win.”

Broner could win on Saturday night, but he won’t dominate Pacquiao. This will be a very close fight. The biggest question is will Broner let his hands go, which has been an issue in previous fights. If he does, maybe he can pull off the upset. If not, he won’t beat Pacquiao on Saturday night.

 Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
 

Cunningham: ‘I can’t see Adrien(Broner) coming out of there without a victory’

There comes a moment in every fighter’s career when it’s time show who and what you’re truly about, and for Adrien Broner, that time is now. Broner finally has gotten the fight he has wanted for a long time as he battles Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Showtime PPV).

Broner, who is a four-division world champion, has a lot of talent, but has never been able to beat an elite fighter, but according to his trainer Kevin Cunningham, that will change on Saturday night.

“Preparation has been great. Camp has been tremendous. Adrien is ready to go and extremely focused for this fight,” Cunningham said on Tuesday. “He came into camp that way, and it’s stayed that way.

“We added some things this training camp because we know he’s fighting a legendary fighter. This is one that he has to have, and he realizes it. I expect a spectacular performance.

“I think on Saturday night that Adrien is going to be that guy that everyone expected him to be from day one. It will open a lot of eyes. I believe that we put the work in. I can’t see Adrien coming out of there without a victory.”

While Cunningham believes Pacquiao still has good hand speed, he believes Broner is quicker, which will help Broner in this fight.

“Pacquiao still throws combinations, but they don’t come in as fast or as sharp as they used to,” Cunningham said. “He can throw as many punches as he wants to throw, but if they’re not landing, it doesn’t mean anything.

“I think Adrien is the quicker fighter. Quickness offsets speed, all day, every day. It’s all about being quick enough to time the guy with your hand speed. It’s different than just throwing a bunch of fast punches.”

If Cunningham is right, Broner will finally get that elusive victory against an elite fighter, but if he is wrong, Broner continues to be that guy with a lot of ability.

The Showtime PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature two-division world champion Badou Jack battling unbeaten top-rated contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title, former world champion Rau’shee Warren taking on France’s Nordine Oubaali for the vacant WBC Bantamweight World Championship and unbeaten WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Jhack Tepora defending against former world champion Hugo Ruiz.

Photo: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

Pacquiao: ‘I’m going to give the fans the speed and power that they’re used to seeing’

On January 19, Pacquiao will end his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring when he returns to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to battle Adrien Broner.

The 40-year-old Pacquiao got his first stoppage victory since 2009 when he stopped Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds back in July 2018. Now, the big question is can Pacquiao continue to turn back the clock against Broner? Well, he believes he can.

“My journey in this sport is still continuing. I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to, but I also want to continue to keep my name at the top,” Pacquiao said in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “Even at 40-years-old, I can still show the best of Manny Pacquiao. I’m going to give the fans the speed and power that they’re used to seeing.”

Recently, Pacquiao stated his goal was to stop Broner, which won’t be easy since Broner has never been stopped in his career; however, Pacquiao is training to get that done.

“On January 19 I’m going to do my best. I can’t say a prediction, but I’m going to do the same thing I did for my last fight. My trainers know how hard I’ve worked in this camp for this win.”

Pacquiao looked great against Matthysse, but a lot of people could have looked good against Matthysse on that night, so if Pacquiao is still Pacquiao, he should beat Broner, but if he’s not, we may have seen the last of him at that the top of the sport of boxing.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Broner on Pacquiao fight: ‘This win makes me an icon’

Although he is a four-division world champion, we are still waiting for Adrien Broner to have that signature win. He will have an opportunity to get that signature victory when he battles Manny Pacquiao on January 19 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airing on Showtime PPV.

This will be Broner’s first chance to headline a pay-per-view, and he believes if he can get the victory over Pacquiao, he will take over the sport of boxing.

“This is my first PPV, but I was always supposed to be here.  God doesn’t make mistakes.  After this victory, I will be taking over the sport of boxing. This is just the beginning,” Broner said on Wednesday.

“This win makes me an icon.  It makes me what I always wanted to be, and what everybody always thought I would be.  A win here and I’m a legend overnight.”

Broner has the ability, but against some of the better fighters in the sport(Marcos Maidana, Mikey Garcia, and Shawn Porter), he has come up short. However, he feels he has everything he needs to beat Pacquiao.

“It’s not a mystery – he’s been knocked out before.  Not once, not twice, but three times.  And he’s been put down a lot, too,” Broner said. “There are many blueprints to beat Manny.  I think I have all the tools to beat him.  I will show all the tools in my arsenal and show all the weaknesses in his.”

Can Broner win this fight? Sure, but we’ve heard this type of talk from him before, so who knows what to believe. January 19 will tell us a lot about Broner’s career moving forward.

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Roach: ‘Broner will be mentally exhausted within four rounds and physically spent within six’

Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner will battle it out on January 19 in a fight that is big for both fighters. For Pacquiao(60-7-2, 39 KOs), it could be an opportunity to have a rumored rematch with Floyd Mayweather, while for Broner it’s a chance to get a signature victory and an opportunity to headline significant cards in the future. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will air on Showtime PPV.

There are a lot of things you can criticize about Broner(33-3-1, 24 KOs), but one thing you can’t criticize is his toughness. Back in 2013, Broner took a beating against Marcos Maidana in his first loss. He was dropped two times, but he fought hard to the end. In his three losses, Broner has never been stopped. However, according to Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, Broner won’t be able to handle the pace or the pressure from Pacquiao.

“I think experience has made Manny a better fighter,” added Roach.  “He still trains harder than anyone.  I like Broner as a fighter.  I think he has excellent boxing skills.  But Broner has never faced anyone like Manny.  Broner will be mentally exhausted within four rounds and physically spent within six.  It will be impossible for Broner to keep pace with the Manny Pacquiao of this training camp.”

The 40-year-old Pacquiao is not the same guy we saw when he was steamrolling opponents from 2008-2011, and Broner is a much livelier fighter than Pacquiao’s last opponent Lucas Matthysse.  I think Pacquiao gets the nod, but it won’t be easy.

 

 

Pacquiao: ‘My goal is to knock out Broner’

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), boxer laureate and the sweet science’s only eight-division world champion, has a goal.  That goal is to knock out his next opponent, Cincinnati’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), when they collide on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, the Pacquiao vs. Broner WBA welterweight world championship event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“I am not making a prediction but my goal is to knock out Broner,” said Manny on Monday as he was wrapping his hands before starting a rigorous workout, which included 12 rounds of hitting the mitts with world-famous Freddie Roach, at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club.  “I am looking for a knockout against Broner.  I have to maximize the opportunity.  I forgot how much fun winning a fight by knockout was until I stopped Lucas Matthyssee last summer to win the WBA welterweight title.  It felt great to win that way and the fans loved it too, so why not try for it again?   I have nothing personal against Adrien Broner.  This fight is strictly business.  He is fun.  He makes me laugh.  He knows how to sell himself and to sell a fight.”

It’s been strictly business tor Manny at Wild Card since beginning his U.S. training camp on Christmas Eve.  No shutdowns or holidays have kept him away.  After celebrating New Year’s Eve with a five-mile run up the hills to the Hollywood sign and 12-rounds of mitt work with Roach, Manny began 2019 the same way he ended 2018, only this time he sparred 12 rounds with three younger sparring partners in addition to a full session of bag work capped off with 1,000 sit-ups.

“He runs like a deer,” said Justin Fortune, who oversees Manny’s strength and conditioning.  “No one can keep up with him.  That’s the secret to his success — his work ethic and his stamina.  He has the strongest foundation of any fighter with whom I’ve worked.  His legs and calves still generate more power and speed than younger fighters.”

“I am very pleased with the training camp Manny has had.  His footwork, distance and angles are all coming together nicely,” said trainer Buboy Fernandez.  “When he hits the mitts it sounds like an explosion.  I have never felt such raw power.”

Photo: MP Promotions

Roach: ‘Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive’’

What would a Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao training camp be without a few bons mots from World-Famous Freddie Roach, the seven-time BWAA Trainer of the Year?

Upon hearing the news that Pacquiao’s opponent Adrien “The Problem” Broner had been arrested on Sunday in Broward County, Florida, on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court (https://www.tmz.com/2018/12/26/adrien-broner-arrested-mug-shot-smiling-christmas-florida/?vtest=100), a seemingly chronic issue for the four-division world champion,  Roach had this to say:

 “Sounds like Adrien should change his ring name from ‘The Problem’ to ‘The Fugitive.’  This may be the first time I face a corner that includes a bail bondsman!”

Hailed as a national treasure by his fellow Filipinos, boxer laureate Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion, a member of the Philippines Senate, and the BWAA’s reigning Fighter of the Decade, is in his most intense phase of training as he prepares for his WBA welterweight world title defense against Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), of Cincinnati.  Pacquiao vs. Broner takes place on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Roach: ‘I rate Manny as a strong buy at the MGM Grand’s Race & Sports book’

The U.S. government may be shut down but for SENATOR MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, boxing’s Commander in Chief, it has been full steam ahead, in his first U.S. training camp since 2016, at world-famous Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.

“Training camp has been no day at Palm Beach for Manny or his sparring partners,” said Roach.  “You can tell that the word is leaking out on how strong Manny is looking in camp by the reaction on Wall Street yesterday.  Even the market is bullish on Manny.  I rate Manny as a strong buy at the MGM Grand’s Race & Sports book.”

Boxer laureate Manny Pacquiao is back!  Hailed as a national treasure by his fellow Filipinos, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the BWAA’s reigning Fighter of the Decade, is in his most intense phase of training as he prepares for his WBA welterweight world title defense against four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs), of Cincinnati.  Pacquiao vs. Broner takes place on Saturday, January 19, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® and presented by Premier Boxing Champions beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

After arriving to a throng of media at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal Saturday evening and attending church services with his family on Sunday, it was back to business on Monday morning where Manny greeted the sunrise with a five-mile run up the hills to the Hollywood sign immediately followed by a rigorous session of strength and conditioning with Justin Fortune.  The afternoon saw Buboy Fernandez put Manny through his paces for close to three hours at Wild Card.

On Christmas, after another long run and strength and conditioning in the morning, Manny sparred eight rounds with three different partners, followed by another hour of mitt work with Roach before he tore into the heavy bag.  Following his Wednesday run, Manny was greeted by a representative from VADA for a random drug test.  After his blood was taken, Manny cheerily predicted he would test positive for excellence.  Fernandez, sensing that jetlag was finally settling in, gave Manny the afternoon off to rest.

Today, Manny is scheduled for a full day of training, including eight to ten rounds of sparring, plus more.