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Pacquiao vs. Broner Results: Pac-Man Defeats Broner Via Unanimous Decision

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJanuary 20, 2019

Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Adrien Broner during their WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
John Locher/Associated Press

Manny Pacquiao successfully defended his WBA welterweight title belt on Saturday, defeating Adrien Broner by unanimous decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times provided the judges' scores:

Lance Pugmire @latimespugmire

Scores: 117-111, 116-112 twice for @mannypacquiao

The win marked Pacquiao's first successful title defense since beating Lucas Matthysse by seventh-round TKO for the belt in July 2018.

Pacquiao dominated the match from start to finish. Dan Rafael of ESPN noted Pacquiao's excellence in the second and third rounds:

Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn

Round 2: Pacquiao 10-9. Combinations, movement, looking good. Broner not landing or throwing much. 20-18 Pacman. https://t.co/nZo7a1sv1O

Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn

Round 3: Pacquiao, 10-9. So far very easy work. 30-27. https://t.co/fB4bbEnLZs

That trend continued in the seventh round, which MMA and boxing reporter Kevin Iole tweeted was Pacquiao's best at the time:

Kevin Iole @KevinI

Best round of the fight for Pacquiao. Broner pounds his chest when the round ended, I guess because he didn't go down. 10-9 Pac and now 70-63 Pac after 7

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated also wrote about Broner's reticence to punch:

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix

Through eight, I've got it 7-1, Pacquiao. I'm with @SteveFarhood -- these are not tough rounds to score. Broner won the fourth, and has pretty clearly lost every other one. He just won't punch.

Pacquiao continued his success and almost finished it off in the seventh and ninth, per Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Pacquaio is still dominating and almost ended it again with a late flurry in the ninth. I have Pacquaio shutting out Broner going into the 10th round.

Ryan O'Hara of FightNights.com placed some numbers on Pacquiao's dominance through nine rounds as well:

Ryan O'Hara @OHaraSports

Pacquiao has landed 42 body punches. Broner has landed......2! #boxing #PacquiaoBroner #PacBroner

More of the same continued in the 10th and 11th rounds, and CompuBox posted another notable statistic:

CompuBox @CompuBox

Broner's landed in single digits in all 11 rounds thus far after landing 15 per round in his previous 5 fights #PacquiaoBroner

Markazi tweeted that Pacquiao wasn't fighting conservatively even though he was far ahead in the 11th round:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Pacquaio isn’t content with a possible shutout win. He continues to go for a knockout in the 11th round while Broner continues to be mostly inactive.

Pacquiao didn't get the knockout, but he did earn the comfortable win.

The 29-year-old Broner fell to 33-4-1 with one no-contest. He has gone winless in his last three matches. 

The 40-year-old Pacquiao, who improved to 61-7-2, told TMZ Sports in November 2018 that he will retire in three years. Given his reduced boxing schedule (he's contested just eight fights in five years and only three times in the last two), fans will only have a few opportunities to see the octuple champion before he hangs up his gloves.

We'll see who he defends his belt against next, but one has to wonder if Freddie Roach will be in his corner again. The longtime Pacquiao trainer was fired after the boxer lost to Jeff Horn in 2017, but he reunited with Pacquiao to oversee training for the Broner fight. Given Pac-Man's win on Saturday, the two could potentially work together in the future

As for Broner, his three-match winless streak is concerning. However, he's still never been knocked out in any match. The Cincinnati native is also just 29 years old, so it's not as if Broner is on the downside of his career. Furthermore, BoxRec had him as the 12th-best welterweight in the world prior to the Pacquiao fight, so he's clearly thought highly of in respected boxing circles.

The issue is that Broner has a long road ahead to get another title shot at this point. He lost to the 15th-ranked welterweight in Jessie Vargas, so one has to assume Broner has to work his way back up to get another chance.

He isn't a stranger when it comes to championships, though, as Broner notably won the WBA super lightweight and welterweight belts. It remains to be seen if he can recapture his former glory in the future.   

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