After weeks of running his mouth online and at press conferences, Adrien Broner had to eat those words, and quite a few punches from Manny Pacquiao as well Saturday night in a unanimous decision loss at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In his first fight since turning 40, Pac-Man was on a mission to show he still had what it takes to compete in the ring and following his victory said he would like another shot at Floyd Mayweather.
“I proved in my last fight against Matthysse, and now I proved it again,” Pacquiao said. “The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue. I wanted to push more, but my trainer said don’t be careless. Wait for him, counter, and that’s what I did.”
Mayweather has considered exiting retirement for a sequel of his 2015 decision win over Pacquiao in a welterweight title unification fight that crowned the king of the era and became the biggest grossing fight in combat sports history with more than $600 million.
Meanwhile, fans online trolled AB for a lackluster performance saying that he didn’t even try to win the fight and simply was in the ring for a payday. Despite landing just 50 punches total over the 12 rounds, Broner was adamant at the end of the fight that he had won. Not sure what fight he was watching??
“I beat him,” Broner said with a straight face. “Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight. He was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”