Manny Pacquiao celebrated the 61st win of his career with a unanimous points victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.
The Filipino politician, 40, was in imperious form and roundly saw off the challenge for his WBA welterweight title from the 29-year-old American.
The fight was scored 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 in Pacquiao’s favour after 12 rounds at the MGM Grand where 13,025 people had turned out for the spectacle.
His 70th professional fight got under way in Vegas late on Saturday after a visit backstage from Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao busily got to work on Broner, although the American did manage to land a blow on his rival’s jaw in the second round.
The Filipino’s speed was a key factor; Pacquiao fired off three jabs for every two his opponent managed, while the elder boxer’s bigger shots were more accurate in their delivery.
Combined with his remarkable stamina, the title-holder showed all at the MGM he is still a serious contender despite his years.
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Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner faced off for the final time at their weigh-in that drew a few thousand boxing fans to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, prior to their welterweight championship bout on Saturday night.
Pacquiao – the 40-year-old reigning WBA welterweight champion – tipped the scales at 146 pounds while Broner weighed in at 146 1/2 pounds.
They’ll fight for the WBA world welterweight title Pacquiao won by knocking out Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (39-5, 36 KOs, 1 NC) in the seventh round of his last fight, July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Pacquiao said he wants to prove that he still has the ability to be effective despite turning 40 last month.
“I’m happy to be back here and happy to fight tomorrow night,” Pacquiao said. “Forty is just a number, it doesn’t matter that I’m 40 years old – I feel young. Tomorrow I have something to prove: that at 40 I can still be at my best … I want to prove that Manny Pacquiao is still there.”
WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford will take on Amir Khan in either New York or Las Vegas on April 20 – with their world title fight announced in London on Tuesday.
American Crawford, 31, is unbeaten in 34 professional fights, with 25 knockouts, and is considered to be one of the world’s best current pound-for-pound boxers.
British boxer Khan – one year Crawford’s senior – has won 33 and lost four of his 37 pro bouts, with 20 knockouts.
A venue has yet to be finalised, but the fight will either take place at Madison Square Garden in New York or at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Khan turned down a clash with British rival Kell Brook to take the fight.
Crawford’s promoter – boxing legend Bob Arum – said his fighter is the best welterweight he has seen since former five-weight world champion Sugar Ray Leonard.
Watch what the two men had to say here.