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Pacquiao, 40, dominates 29-year-old Adrien Broner to retain his WBA welterweight title at the MGM Grand Arena on Sunday (Jan. 20, 2019). (Photo from PNA courtesy of Twitter/@ShowtimeBoxing.)

Pacquiao retains WBA belt, Broner rants

Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao came out swinging against Adrien “The Problem” Broner at the MGM Grand Arena on Sunday (Phillipine time) completely dominating the latter in every round.

In his return into a Las Vegas ring after nearly 3 years he showcased a vintage performance.

Pacquiao successfully retained his World Boxing Association welterweight championship with a brilliant victory against the American boxer.

Playing in his 70th professional bout, Pacquiao showed that he can still compete with a brilliant stint as if he turned back Father Time.

Pacquiao stepped on the gas in the opening moments of the 12-round, already frustrating Broner with his quickness and aggression.

Although Broner had some bright moments in the fourth round, Pacquiao became more solid in Rounds 7 and 9, nearly knocking his 29-year-old opponent down with his flurries.

In the end, Dave Moretti gave a 117-111 score for Pacquiao, while Jim Cheatham and Glenn Feldman each had it 116-112 also for Pacquiao, who scored his 61st win against two draws and seven defeats.

After the fight Broner disagreed with the judges’ decision, boasting that he controlled the pace of the match; as Showtime presenter Jim approached him (Broner) for an interview. The boxer turned to the usual unapologetic and brash persona.

“Bring your mother f****** a** over here, I got a lot to say,” he said.

In disapproval of his behavior towards him, Gray told Broner to calm down to a professional level if he wants an interview, the latter did so and said.

“Everybody out there know I beat him, I controlled the fight, he was missing, I hit him plenty more times. I beat him.”

But stats don’t lie.

The Punch stats showed that Pacquiao dominated in every category during their fight. It showed that Pacquiao landed 112 of his 568 punches while Broner for most of the fight backpedaled and defended connecting only 50 hits while throwing a total of 295.

Broner’s power punches stat line 39-of-180 and the American’s total punches; a far cry against Pacquiao’s 82-of-197 in the same category.

Broner suffered only his fourth loss in his career against 33 wins and one draw with one no contest.

Pacquiao’s win made up for the losses of Ray Perez and Jay-Ar Inson in the undercard.

Perez fell to George Kambosos, a former sparring partner of Pacquiao during training camp, via unanimous decision with the three judges giving the Australian perfect 80’s in the eight-round bout.

Inson, on the other hand, survived two Round 1 knockdowns against Jonathan Steele only to lose via split decision in their own eight-round clash.

Inson got a 77-74 card from one judge, but the other two jurors had it 78-73 and 77-74 respectively for Steele. (PNA)

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