‘I beat Pacquiao,’ trash-talking Broner doesn’t admit defeat

January 20, 2019 - 3:49 PM
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Manny Pacquiao sends Adrien Brody to the ropes during their WBA welterweight world title boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 19, 2019. (USA Today/Joe Camporeale via Reuters)

American fighter Adrien Broner, a known trash talker, shrugged off the unanimous decision favoring Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao on Sunday in Las Vegas.

In an interview ringside right after the WBA Welterweight title match at the MGM Grand Garden, Broner insisted he beat Pacquiao, the clear crowd favorite.

“I beat him. Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight, he was missing I hit him clean more times. I beat him,” Broner said, amid boos throughout his speech.

The statement raised eyebrows, as expected.

ShoStats’ punch numbers indicate the opposite. The faster Pacquiao landed 112 of 568 punches he threw at Broner, who is 11 years his junior. Broner only connected 50 of 295 attempts.

The 40-year-old Filipino multiple world champion was quicker and more accurate as he controlled each round and cruised to the triumph over Broner, who fought gamely and stayed upright despite being hit with several heavy combinations.

The official scorecard gave the most points to Pacquiao, who commanded 116-112, 117-111 and 116-112 from the judges.

Retired great Floyd Mayweather attended the fight, fueling speculation of a rematch against Pacquiao. Undefeated Mayweather beat Pacquiao in 2015. — with reports from Reuters