Tonight (Saturday, January 19th) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, WBA “regular” welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) returns to the United States for a showdown against the provocative Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs). Pacquiao is coming off his first knockout win in a decade, when he stopped Lucas Matthysse last July, whereas Broner drew Jessie Vargas last year, and lost to Mikey Garcia in 2017. Pacquiao is a legendary eight-division world champion, and while Broner has won titles in four weight classes, he’s still yet to achieve that major victory.
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Bloody Elbow is here to provide you with detailed, round-by-round coverage and running commentary of tonight’s showdown. The Showtime PPV starts at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, and Pacquiao vs. Broner should start at around 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner - WBA “regular” welterweight title
Round 1 - Pacquiao stalking, moves in and Broner clinches. Fires off a quick combination but nothing lands cleanly. Broner with a counter left. Good lunging right by Pacquiao as Broner is coming out fairly defensive. Broner lands one shots but Pacquiao answers with three or four. Good straight left by Pacquiao. Loud “MANNY!” chants from the crowd. Broner connects on a sneaky uppercut. Pacquiao flicking out his jab. Counter body shot by Pacquiao as the round ends. 10-9 Pacquiao.
Round 2 - Broner admonished for a forearm to Manny’s throat in the clinch. Popping right hook by Manny and Broner pivots away from the ropes as Pacquiao swarms. Straight right by Broner is short, he gets in a jab. Good combination by Pacquiao as he flurries on Broner. Double jab and a straight left by Pac-man. Broner with a right hand that didn’t look like it landed. Broner with a counter left hook. Pacquiao dives in almost like a takedown attempt. Good right by Broner but it’s 20-18 Pacquiao.
Round 3 - Hard straight left by Pacquiao and he tries teeing off on Broner but Adrien clinches up. Broner gets Pacquiao with a right hand. Pacquiao digs the body, then goes upstairs with the left. Pacquiao is just more active and landing more punches, and he’s clearly faster. Broner takes a sharp jab as Pacquiao gets a bit sloppy chasing after him. Still a clear Pacquiao round. 30-27 Pacquiao.
Round 4 - Good counter right by Broner and then a check hook. Another counter by Broner. Pacquiao throws a combination but Broner evades. Manny comes forward and Broner gets clipped once but that’s it. Pacquiao misses on two left hands and Broner shakes his head. Good straight right by Broner. Pacquiao rushes in and ends up spinning after they get tangled. Another nice counter by Broner. Pacquiao gets tagged. 39-37 Pacquiao.
Round 5 - Another sharp right hand by Broner. Stiff jab by Pacquiao. A little lull in the action, Pacquiao charges in and Broner avoids any danger, then scores with a left hook. Pacquiao comes back with multiple jabs. Good left hand by Pacquiao. Short left by Pacquiao just off-target. Body shot by Pacquiao and a flurry upstairs is blocked. 49-46 Pacquiao.
Round 6 - Pacquiao explodes with a mixture of shots to the head and body, as Broner looks to dip and dodge. Nice counter shot to the stomach by Pacquiao. Big left to the body by Pacquiao and Broner felt that. Right hook by Pacquiao misfires. Body shot and left upstairs by Pacquiao. Jab to the body from the Filipino legend. Broner missing with the right hand. Good straight left by Pacquiao. He goes back to the body twice over. Halfway point of the fight as Broner cracks Pacquiao with a hard left hook. 59-55 Pacquiao.
Round 7 - Pacquiao returns to the body attack. Broner gets out of the way of a Pacquiao left hand. Pacquiao with the flurry as he chases after Broner and gets in two clean punches. Good change-up shot by Pacquiao catches Broner off-guard. Broner with a decent jab. Pacquiao sweeps a left hand across the face of Broner. Big left hand and Pacquiao tees off on Broner as he holds on! Broner was hurt there. Big shots by Pacquiao! Broner looks to be in trouble. Uppercut by Pacquiao! The onslaught continues but Broner should be able to survive it. He does! Barely. 69-64 Pacquiao.
Round 8 - Hard counter left hook by Broner. They almost clash heads in close. Straight left drills Broner in the mouth. Body shot by Pacquiao once again. Great counter right hook by Pacquiao! Straight left by Pacquiao connects, Broner answers with a jab. Pacquiao with a left to the body. This is all Pacquiao right now. 79-73 Pacquiao.
Round 9 - Pacquiao establishes his jab. Broner can’t connect on the counter left hook. Hard body blow by Pacquiao. Left hand cracks Broner, who goes for a single leg takedown for some reason. Pacquiao stuffed it. Nice counter right by Broner but he misses on the left hook. Broner times Pacquiao with a right hand. Broner staggered by a left hand! Pacquiao peppering Broner with big shots and Broner is looking at the clock. Some of these shots are being blocked. Broner holds after Pacquiao misses with the left. 89-82 Pacquiao.
Round 10 - Slow start to this round. Jab by Pacquiao and he whiffs on the left. Pacquiao with one more left to the body as Broner shells up. Right hook gets Broner partially. Sneaky right hook comes through again. Good right hand by Broner. He gets in a 1-2 combination. Counter jab by Broner. Well I guess I’ll give him that round. 98-92 Pacquiao.
Round 11 - Broner and Pacquiao nearly clash heads again. Two stiff lefts by Pacquiao. He goes for a wild left after Broner looked at the clock. Pacquiao spears another jab. Short right by Pac-man. Straight right lands for Broner. Crowd booing as Broner is on his bike. Pacquiao with another jab to end the round. 108-101 Pacquiao.
Round 12 - Pacquiao goes to the body for the umpteenth time. Power left hand partially blocked by Broner’s glove. Broner with a low blow. Quick right hook for Pacquiao and a left hand following that. Pacquiao backs Broner up with a jab. Broner eats two more shots, does nothing to actually win the fight. Final 20 seconds as the pro-Pacquiao crowd appreciates their hero. Broner legitimately raised his arm in victory thinking he won. lol. 118-110 Pacquiao.
Official result: Manny Pacquiao def. Adrien Broner by unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112) to retain his WBA “regular” welterweight title
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