The Legend Continues as Manny Pacquiao has “No Problem” with Adrien Broner
January 19, 2019
Anthony Saldana (91 articles)
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The Legend Continues as Manny Pacquiao has “No Problem” with Adrien Broner

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night at a sold-out electric MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the legendary eight division world champion, and current WBA Welterweight Champion, Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao  (61-7-2, 39 KO’s) put his title on the line and easily defeated the former four division world champion, Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-4-1, 24 KO’s) by the scores of 117-111, and 116-112 (twice). Pacquiao entered the ring for the first time on US soil in over two years, for the first time since turning 40-years old, and was looking to continue to add to his boxing legacy. For Broner who has been winless in his past two appearances against Mikey Garcia (unanimous decision loss) and Jessie Vargas (majority draw), this had to be a must win fight. From the opening bell Pacquiao threw punches in bunches and quickly established a solid jab as the hand speed of the Filipino legend gave Broner fits throughout the early rounds. In the fourth round Broner began to time his counter shots and control the aggressiveness of Pacquiao but that was short lived as by the fifth round it was Pacquiao again stepping on the gas pedal beating Broner to the punch. Pacquiao hurt Broner in the 7th with a solid left followed by an onslaught of punches and in the ninth round hurt Broner again with a devastating left hook. Heading into the championship rounds it was all Pac-Man as Pacquiao had more than doubled the output of Broner’s offensive as Broner had never landed more than double digit punches in any round and only landed 50 total punches after the final bell rang.  “I’m so happy that God gave me good health at the age of 40.” Stated Pacquiao “I never thought my career was over I proved that against Matthysse and again tonight against Broner, now tell Floyd to come back to the ring and we’ll fight”

In the Co-main event and the WBC Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator bout, Two-Division World Champion Badou Jack (22-2-3, 13 KO’s) battled undefeated Marcus Browne (23-0, 26 KO’s) for WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title, and the WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Title. With Jack fighting several known opponents in the past and being a veteran of the squared circle he looked to use his overall ring generalship to out box Browne, who had yet to fight for a world title, and had faced mostly lesser opposition. Jack however started the bout at a snails pace allowing Browne to establish his distance and outbox him in the early rounds. Browne continued to stay one step ahead of Jack in the middle rounds and in the seventh round a huge cut opened up on the forehead of Jack during a clash of heads. Jacks face was covered in blood as he showed grit and guts standing in the center of the ring exchanging with Browne. Jack fought the rest of the bout with a crimson mask as blood poured down his face, Jack tried desperately to stay out of harms way as Browne kept to his game plan shooting sharp jabs and keeping Jack at bay throughout the rest of the fight and after the final bell the judges returned with the scores of, 117-110 119-108 and 116-111 all in favor of Marcus Browne “I want thank Badou Jack for giving me the opportunity, and I just want to say he was real tough competitor and he thought he was going to take me in deep in rounds and drown me, but boy I came in shape and when I come in shape all you boys in trouble, Teddy Atlas you think you have the best Light Heavyweight, boy you crazy Gvozdyk let’s go” stated Browne after the fight.   

Also on the card undefeated Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11 KO’s) from Pas-De-Calais, France took on and defeated Rau’shee Warren (16-3, 4 KO’s) of Cincinnati, Ohio for the vacant WBC bantamweight title. Oubaali like his counterpart Warren, is also a former olympian, who had knocked out his last five opponents. His most recent knockout of Luis Melendez last April moved Oubaali up the ranks to position him for this world title shot. Both Warren and Oubaali came guns blazing as Oubaali threw punches in bunches and Warren used quick hand speed to counter with fast combinations. As the fight progressed Oubaali continued applying effective aggressiveness as Warren began to slow down throwing one counter punch at a time. It was at the end of the third round Warren caught Oubaali with hard left counter that neutralized Oubaali’s speed throughout the middle rounds of the highly contested battle. Then in the 7th round during a heated exchange Oubaali landed a swift two punch combination followed by four more power shots that rocked Warren, and the momentum slowly began to shift into Oubaali’s direction. Oubaali out-landed Warren late in the fight and after 12 solid rounds of action the judges returned with the scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111 all in favor of the new WBC Bantamweight Champion, Nordine Oubaali, “I want to thank all the American fans and all the French fans that came out to support me as my dream just came true. Rau’shee is a good fighter but my speed and pressure won me this fight.” Stated Oubaali after the bout.  

To kick off the PPV portion go the card Mexican veteran Hugo Ruiz (39-4, 33 KO’s) came away with a lopsided victory over Alberto Guevara (27-4, 12 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico. Ruiz was scheduled to take on undefeated Filipino Prospect Jhack Tepora, but yesterday, during weigh-ins Tepora came in five and half pounds over the featherweight limit leaving Ruiz to enter the ring against a very late substitution. From the opening bell Ruiz controlled the pace with probing jabs and solid body shots. Ruiz connected with a quick combination leaving Guevara tasting the canvas midway through the 1st round. Guevara beat the count but never found second gear as Ruiz turned this lackluster bout into a glamorized sparring session. Ruiz landed shots at will on Guevara and did enough nearly every round to easily win his Featherweight debut by the scores of 100-89 and 99-90 (twice). 

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