Manny Pacquiao showed on Saturday night he’s still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.
After Pacquiao dominated Adrien Broner, defending his welterweight title in Las Vegas, the Filipino challenged Floyd Mayweather to a rematch.
With Mayweather watching from ringside, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes.
Two judges favoured Pacquiao by a 116-112 score, while the third had it 117-111. Pacquiao, whose pro career stretches back 24 years, showed he still has the speed that carried him over his career.
Pacquiao is now hoping to avenge his 2015 loss to Mayweather.
“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight,” Pacquiao said. “I am willing to fight again Floyd Mayweather. If he is willing to come back in boxing.”
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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.”