Manny Pacquiao made Adrien Broner looked more like the older fighter.
Still flashing his vaunted speed and rapid punches at age 40, Pacquiao dominated an opponent 11 years younger for 12 full rounds to retain his World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title on Sunday, January 20 (Philippine time), in his first fight in the U.S. in two years.
A crowd of 13,025 showed up at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas—including old rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.—to welcome the charismatic Filipino boxing legend, and Pacquiao didn’t disappoint by punishing the 29-year-old Broner.
Pacquiao failed to knock his challenger down, but did more than enough to win via unanimous decision on scores of 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.
The eighth-time world division champion raised his record to 61-7-2 (39 KOs) in his 70th career fight as his latest victory again opened up a possible rematch with the retired but unbeaten Mayweather later in the year.
This story originally appeared on SPIN.ph.