That controversial relationship was front and center as Philippine party-list group WOW Pilipinas secured an assumed multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal to appear on the ring mat of Senator Manny Pacquiao's WBA welterweight title bout with Adrien Broner on Saturday, January 19 (Sunday, January 20, Manila time) at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
Pacquiao returns to defend his WBA title in his first fight on US soil in more than two years against must-see attraction Adrien Broner - live Saturday, January 19 at 9PM ET/6PM PT on SHOWTIME PPV.
About the only person in attendance who disagreed with the outcome was Broner (33-4-1), who protested the result emphatically in his post fight interview. "The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue".
"This is a challenge because it is my first fight as a 40-year-old", said Pacquiao.
All three judges awarded the fight to Pacquiao, scoring the bout 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 via unanimous decision.
Pacquiao let his hands go and caused Broner issues.
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Pacquiao, with the MGM crowd firmly behind him, came flying out of the traps behind his jab and straight right and even if over-eagerness saw his biggest shots miss, the eight-weight victor took the first three rounds in a familiar style. "If he's willing to come back in boxing". Broner covered up and retreated, only to be buzzed again by follow-up punches.
Pacquiao had a huge seventh round. He escaped, but Pacquiao charged at him to another corner and caught him with another series of clean shots in a two-handed attack that had Mora taking a close look. He just had no answers for anything Pacquiao threw at him.
While it was a good performance for Pacquiao, Broner didn't make him work for it.
The Filipino boxing icon continued to outstrike and outmaneuver Broner until the final bell. I did this for the hood. "You know I beat that boy", Broner said.
Retired great Floyd Mayweather attended the fight, fuelling speculation of a rematch against Pacquiao, who the undefeated American beat in 2015.
Broner was right about one thing: If indeed there is a Mayweather-Pacquiao sequel, there will be a lot of money at stake yet again.