Tonight at 9 pm ET on pay-per-view, Manny Pacquiao defends his WBA “world” welterweight title against Adrien Broner in the main event from Las Vegas.
Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO) won the belt from Lucas Matthysse last July in Kuala Lumpur, and the fight tonight will be his first bout in the United States since Nov. 2016. Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO) is 0-1-1 in his last two outings, losing to Mikey Garcia and drawing with Jessie Vargas. But he’s much younger than the 40-year-old Pacquiao, and has an opportunity to finally become the A-side star he’s always wanted to be.
In the co-feature, Badou Jack (22-1-3, 13 KO) faces Marcus Browne (22-0, 16 KO) in a pivotal light heavyweight fight for the WBC silver title. Also on the pay-per-view undercard, Rau’shee Warren (16-2, 4 KO) meets Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11 KO) for the vacant WBC bantamweight title, and Hugo Ruiz (38-4, 33 KO) takes on Alberto Guevara (27-3, 12 KO) in a 10-round featherweight opener.
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- MANNY PACQUIAO def. ADRIEN BRONER by UD (117-111, 116-112, 116-112)
- MARCUS BROWNE def. BADOU JACK by UD (117-110, 116-111, 119-108)
- NORDINE OUBAALI def. RAU’SHEE WARREN by UD (115-113, 116-112, 117-111)
- HUGO RUIZ def. ALBERTO GUEVARA by UD (100-89, 99-90, 99-90)
ROUND BY ROUND
MANNY PACQUIAO vs. ADRIEN BRONER
Round 1: Pacquiao misses on a jab to start the round. Broner measures but Pacquiao jumps in with a combination that doesn’t land. Pacquiao tries another short combiantion but Broner is able to duck it. Right hook partially lands for Pacquiao and Broner grabs and turns Pacquiao, forcing a break. Broner lands a check left hook as Pacquiao tries to come in. Another combination comes from Pacquiao, who lands a straight left hand. Left hand to the body lands for Broner, while Broner lands a left hook in return. Pacquiao goes back downstairs with a straight left to the body. Pacquiao threw a lot more punches than Broner in the opening round. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 2: Pacquiao tries to probe with a jab and Broner takes a step out of range. Broner misses on a left hook and Broner shoves his forearm in Pacquiao’s face — the referee warns Broner about it. Right hand lead lands for Broner but Pacquiao comes right back with a left hand during a combination. Both fighters look like they’re looking to counter but Pacquiao is more willing to take the lead. Pacquiao lands a grazing left hand on Broner again. Now Broner gets in a counter right hand. Pacquiao jumps in a little sloppy and Broner ties him up. Right hand partially lands for Broner, but I think Pacquiao edged this round. Pacquiao 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Pacquiao throws a double jab and then just misses on the follow up straight left. Straight left hand lead lands for Pacquiao and Broner ties him up right away. Now Broner tries to establish his jab at center ring to offset Pacquiao’s timing. Right hand lead lands clean for Broner. Hard left to the body makes a thudding sound as it hits Broner’s body. Pacquiao throws two more left hands up close as Pacquiao gets him to the ropes. Counter jab lands clean for Pacquiao, who then tries to rush Broner but Broner skips away. Pacquiao throws a few more punches as Broner ducks and weaves to end the round. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 4: Straight left hand lands for Pacquiao, Broner responds with a counter left hook. Another counter left hook lands to the head for Broner. Broner dodges a Pacquiao combination and shakes his head. Pacquiao grazes Broner with a left hand. Broner still laying back, looking for counter opportunities, but he’s not getting off many punches. Broner tries a lead right but Pacquiao catches it on his glove. Broner lands a counter right hand just before the bell rings. Broner 10-9, 37-39.
Round 5: Broner partially lands a lead right hand to open the round. Now Broner lands a jab before Pacquiao can jump in with his punches. Pacquiao throws a combination but Broner gets under the shots. Pacquiao backs Broner up with a short flurry of punches. Check hook grazes Pacquiao’s head. Now Pacquiao lands a jab, and Broner gets in a right. Hard left to the body lands clean for Pacquiao. Now Pacquiao cuffs Broner’s head with a left hook. Pacquiao lands another left to the body as Broner mugs at him. Broner misses on a left hook at the end of the round. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 6: Pacquiao goes back down to the body with a hard left hand. Pacquiao misses on a right hook to the head and Broner skips around the ring. Another hard left to the body lands for Pacquiao. Pacquiao making a strong effort to throw his left to the body. Broner pushes Pacquiao back after Pacquiao misses a shot. Straight right lead just misses for Broner. Good uppercut lands for Broner at the end of the round! I don’t think that’s enough to win him the round, though. Pacquiao 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Broner falling in love with that left hook again, and Pacquiao is looking for it. Pacquiao tries an overhand left that doesn’t quite land clean. Pacquiao flurries as Broner ducks the punches. Hard left to the body lands again for Broner, Broner gets in his own left upstairs. Two hard left hands land clean for Pacquiao. Broner stuck on the ropes and Pacquiao lights him up with several shots! Pacquiao throwing lots of punches and making a lot of contact on Broner. Broner has taken some hard shots in this round, probably Pacquiao’s best round of the fight. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 8: Pacquiao misses on his first shot. Broner lands a good uppercut, then another counter as Pacquiao looks to take it to him. Clean right hand lead lands for Broner at center ring. Pacquiao sticks the left hand back down to the body, Broner tries to land his check hook that glances off Pacquiao. Counter right hand lands for Pacquiao this time. Pacquiao gets in a little left hand upstairs after both fighters try to counter one another. Another hard left lands for Pacquiao, which sounds like he’s banging a drum. Pacquiao 10-9, 79-73.
Round 9: Broner lands a jab to start the round. Jab and a left hand to the body lands for Pacquiao. Another stinging left hand lands to the body for Pacquiao, Broner hasn’t be able to defend that shot. Hard left lands upstairs for Pacquiao, and Broner grabs Pacquiao by his leg to force a break. Right hand counter lands for Broner. Pacquiao goes back down to the body with his left, and then looks for a right hook to the head. Hard left hand to the chin knocks Broner off balance! Pacquiao tries to follow it up as he fires a flurry at Broner with Broner on the ropes. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 10: Broner tries to pick Pacquiao off with a jab. Both fighters try to counter each other’s jabs but neither land clean. Pacquiao feints and throws another left hand to Broner’s body. Broner misses on a left hook, then waits for another counter opportunity. Straight left hand lands downstairs again for Pacquiao. Clean right hand lead lands for Broner. lands a jab, then Broner skips along the ropes. Right hook lands for Pacquiao to the body. Pacquiao 10-9, 99-91.
Round 11: Broner tries to counter a Pacquiao jab and partially lands his shot. Double left hand makes contact with Broner’s head. Another left hand grazes Broner upstairs. Pacquiao touches Broner with a couple of shots and Broner gets in a counter. Pacquiao lands a right hand, Broner gets in his left in return. Broner moving a lot in this round, doing laps around the ring. Broner just isn’t doing enough, and doesn’t appear willing to take a chance to go the the KO. Pacquiao 10-9.
Round 12: Pacquiao lands another straight left to the body, then tries to look a left hook to the head that doesn’t land clean. Broner hasn’t landed double digit punches in any single round according to Showtime punch stats. Right hook lands to Broner’s head. Pacquiao throws a jab and Broner backs off. Pacquiao lands another jab and Broner starts moving on the outside again. Straight left to the body lands for Pacquiao once again. Pacquiao tries to cut Broner off before the bell rings but can’t get in a final punch. Broner celebrates as if he’s certainly won the fight, he must be concussed. Pacquiao 10-9. I’ve got it wide for Pacquiao 119-109.
BADOU JACK vs MARCUS BROWNE
Round 1: Jack measures with a couple of jabs, then Browne returns the favor. Both fighters are looking a little cautious early. Browne throws a straight left hand as the first real punch and Jack covers up. Browne goes downstairs with a couple of punches. Jack taking his time but starting rather slow, which is sort of his modus operandi. Right hand to the body falls just a little short for Jack. Hard left hand to the body lands clean for Browne. Another onw-two from Browne makes solid contact. Browne throws a short combination to the body and head as Jack covers up. Jack rushes in behind a big right hook that misses. Browne 10-9.
Round 2: Browne starts with a quick jab at center ring. Jack still taking a measured approach early which is allowing Browne to set the tone. Browne misses on a check hook and then gets back to the middle of the ring. Right hand to the body partially lands to the body. A couple of hard shots land clean for Browne. Browne tries another hard left hand but Jack pulls off the shot. Browne misses on another straight left but strafes Jack to the body. Browne 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Browne throws two punches down to the body with decent success. Now Jack throws a right hand down to the body. Three punches come from Browne as Jack still throws singular shots from time to time. Jab to the head lands for Browne. Jack gets Browne to the ropes but the fighters smother each other so neither can land anything clean. Three more punches come from Browne. Now Jack just jumps in with his forearms and almost tries to tackle Browne. Jack tries to bully Browne to the ropes again but can’t get any punches off. Browne 10-9.
Round 4: Browne lands two good right hooks to Jack’s body. Another body shot lands well for Browne. Now Jack lands a jab upstairs. Check hook partially lands for Browne who then pivots back to center ring to get more space for himself. Jack smothers Browne to the ropes himself but continue to hamper his own punching opportunities by not leaving himself enough space to throw. Browne is really just outworking Jack early and Jack really needs to pick up the pace soon as he’s dropping these rounds. Browne 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Jab lands for Browne as Jack trie to pressure him. Three punches come from Browne, who then ties up Jack immediately afterwards so that Jack can’t return fire. Browne gets warned for the holding after he throws his punches. Referee calls a timeout to warn both fighters, Jack for hitting behind the head and Browne for holding too much. Straight left from Browne partially lands. Right hook from Browne clips Jack upstairs. Now Browne lands a hard left hand. Browne tries to pick it up and throws several hard body punches in succession on Jack. Hard left hook lands clean for Browne to Jack’s head. Jack just isn’t throwing punches. Browne 10-9.
Round 6: Browne tries to start with a straight left to the body that falls a little short. Browne follows it up with a short combination. Jack tries to dig a couple body shots on the inside. Straight left to the body lands for Browne. Browne throws a combination as Jack just covers up. Straight left hand lands clean for Browne. Jack is starting to look his age in this fight, and just can’t seem to fight at the pace of Browne. Browne 10-9, 60-54.
Round 7: Jab lands for Browne to start the round. Now Jack lands a straight right hand. Jack tries to whack away at Browne while he has him pinned on the ropes but he can’t get much leverage as he’s still smothering his own punches. Accidental head clash and Jack has a big cut in the middle of his forehead. Another clinch and the referee takes a point away from Browne for holding. Left hand, right jab combination lands for Browne. Jack tries to come in with a straight right but can’t quite find the target. Browne 9-9 with the point deduction.
Round 8: Browne takes the lead with a couple of punches, then backs up just enough to avoid Jack’s counter. Right hand to the body lands hard for Browne and Jack hunches over momentarily. Two hooks land clean for Browne. Browne throws a hard straight left to the body that probably landed a little low. Jack’s face is bleeding badly from that cut, and there’s blood everywhere. Straight left lands clean for Browne, and Jack might not be able to see well with all the blood on his face. Browne 10-9, 79-72.
Round 9: Jack’s trainer seems to be hoping to land a win by getting Browne disqualified for the holding. Jack misses badly on a right hook and spins himself around. Jack lands a jab at center ring but can’t find any sustained success. Browne flicks a couple jabs. Clean straight right hand lands for Jack, but he smothers himself again before he can follow up. Straight left to the body lands for Browne. Browne 10-9.
Round 10: Browne tells his corner that he has this fight in the bag. Browne starts the round that a flurry of punches. Jack turns Browne in the corner and gets in a shot of his own. Jab lands clean for Browne once he gets back to center ring. Left uppercut lands to the body for Browne on the inside. Browne is getting more confident and Browne lands a clean straight left to the body. Another short combination comes from Browne as Jack just keeps his hands at home. Browne 10-9, 99-90.
Round 11: Jack is circling and not coming forward much any more, which seems to show that he’s been worn down. Uppercut from Browne takes a chunk out of Jack’s face. Jack looks disgusting! Referee takes a break to get Jack looked at. The doctors let Jack continue but he looks a mess as he has blood streaming down all over his face. Jack right a right hook to the body, Browne returns the favor. Browne 10-9. This fight should be stopped at this point. Jack’s vision is seriously compromised.
Round 12: Browne starts the round with a short combination. Straight left hand from Browne glances off Jack’s gloves. Jack lands an uppercut on the inside. Jack presses forward but smothers his punches again. Hard left hand lands upstairs for Browne. Left uppercut lands to the body for Browne. Jack throws a couple of short shots on the inside himself. Right hook lands to the body for Jack. Jack presses forward and lands a left hand just before the bell. Browne 10-9. I’ve got it a clean sweep for Browne, minus the point deduction, 119-108.
RAU’SHEE WARREN vs NORDINE OUBAALI
Round 1: Oubaali tries a right and left hand that Warren is able to slip. Oubaali tries a lead left hand from his southpaw stance but Warren misses that one. Warren tries to flick a couple jabs but can’t find the mark. Oubaali lands left hook to the boy. Now Warren lands jab to the body. Warren lands a jab to the body. Straight left hand to the body lands for Oubaali, followed by a right hook to the head. Warren gets warned for holding behind the head. I like Oubaali in the opening round. Oubaali 10-9.
Round 2: Oubaali tries a left hand upstairs. Now Warren lands a jab upstairs. Strong jab jabs for Warren. Oubaali misses on a straight left hand, then tries to follow it up with a short combination that doesn’t land clean. Warren misses on a left uppercut to the head, then Warren gets back to his jab. Left hand to the body lands for Oubaali. Jab lands for Warren at center ring. Right hook lands for Warren, but Oubaali gets in a hook in return. I think Warren edged this round with his boxing at center ring. Warren 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Oubaali tries to press forward and land a two punch combination. Oubaali lands a counter left. Warren gets in a jab and Oubaali steps up the pressure and pushes Warren to the ropes with a combination. Jab to the body lands for Warren, then another. Double right hook partially lands for Oubaali. Warren is fighting a fairly slow pace, which is allowing Oubaali to take the play away from him. Two more power shots from Oubaali back Warren up. Warren flicks another jab, then Warren lands a clean right hook. Warren steps to Oubaali and lands another clean right hook. I edge it to Oubaali who I think won most of the round. Oubaali 10-9.
Round 4: Warren starts with a jab that Oubaali slips. Now Oubaali tries a jab that can’t find the range. Warren lands a jab to the body. Another sharp jabs comes from Warren, but Oubaali is able to partially block it. Warren walking to Oubaali and lands a right hook upstairs. Short uppercut lands on the inside for Warren. Warren slips an Oubaali jab and steps off the line. Warren tries a lead left hand but Oubaali ducks it. Overhand left lands for Oubaali. Close round. I think Warren edges it. Warren 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Oubaali falls short on a jab to the body. Now Oubaali lands a right hand upstairs on Warren. Warren lands a clean right hook to the head, then another. Jab lands clean for Oubaali. Warren looks to be getting a little more assertive at the urging of his trainer, Barry Hunter. Jab lands flush for Warren as Oubaali tries to walk in on him. Oubaali charges in with two lead right hooks that partially land. Warren grazes Oubaali on a counter shot, then lands a clean body punch. Oubaali misses on an overhand left but then Oubaali lands a right hook. These are some razor close rounds. I’m going to give it to Oubaali 10-9, but could easily go the other way.
Round 6: Oubaali lands a right hook on Warren’s chin as he tries to land a shot of his own. Oubaali misses on a straight left to the body, and Warren land two nice counters. Jab lands for Warren at center ring. Another jab lands for Warren, who then steps off the mark. Counter left hand lands clean for Oubaali. Oubaali tries a left and right hook, landing the second. Now Warren responds by landing a couple clean right hooks. Warren has been having his best success with his right hook. Oubaali charges in with a couple shots but can’t land them on Warren. Warren throws a short flurry at the end, landing a couple while Oubaali gets in a shot upstairs. This is a good, competitive fight. Warren 10-9, 57-57.
Round 7: Oubaali starts with a jab and left hand that falls short. Oubaali follows it up with another flurry but Warren is largely able to evade the attack. Oubaali tries two more hooks and then throws two right hooks that land upstairs. Warren lands a jab again at center right, then lands a clean right hook. Oubaali comes back with several more punches that back Warren up. Stiff jab lands for Warren, who steps off to the side again after landing. Both fighters trade shots and both land clean. Two right hooks land for Oubaali, followed by a hard left hand. The fighters stand and trade and both get in some good shots, but Oubaali might’ve hurt Warren more. Oubaali 10-9.
Round 8: Oubaali gets aggressive and lead with a couple of left hands, then lands one to the body — referee warns him to keep the punches from landing on Warren’s back. Warren tries to jab to the body. Now Oubaali tries a stiff jab to the body. Right hook lands upstairs for Oubaali. Oubaali gets in another right hand to the chin of Warren. Warren lands a stiff uppercut to the chin on the inside. Warren picks off Oubaali this time with a sharp jab. Oubaali lands another right hook to the head, and another, and Warren is having a hard time defending that shot. Oubaali 10-9, 77-75.
Round 9: Warren starts this round with a few jabs. Uppercut lands for Warren. Warren trying to impose himself a little more, maybe feeling like this is starting to get away from. Oubaali tries to whip in a couple of body shots on the inside as the fighters get ties up. Both fighters trading and Oubaali lands a couple of good hooks as Warren is keeping his chin a little high in these exchanges. Hard left hand lands clean for Oubaali. Oubaali 10-9.
Round 10: Warren lands a left hand to the body. Right hook from Oubaali grazes Warren’s head. Now Warren gets in a right hook. Another right hook for Oubaali finds the target and Warren just can’t find a way to evade that punch. Another right hook grazes the side of Warren’t head. Warren jabs to the body, then the head. Right hook lands for Oubaali again. Jab lands for Warren but Oubaali responds with some power shots. Both fighters trade shots again but I think Oubaali is getting in the better shots while starting to pull away in this fight. Oubaali 10-9, 97-93.
Round 11: Hard left land lands for Oubaali. Warren unloads a flurry of punches to the body and head, which is a good idea for Warren — he needs to pick it up. COunter left hand lands clean for Oubaali. RIght hook upstairs lands clean for Warren. Warren throws both hands but his defense is lacking in these exchanges. Right hook upstairs partially lands for Oubaali. Warren stalks Oubaali and lands a right hook to the body. I think Warren takes this one. Warren 10-9.
Round 12: Warren lands a couple body shots as he tries to unload a flurry. Warren counters back with a left hand following an Oubaali right hand. Oubaali partially lands a left straight but Warren comes forward and lands a jab shortly after. Oubaali partially lands another right hook, and then follows it up with a short combination. Right hook on the inside lands for Warren, then two shots to the body. Warren worked hard in the last round but I think Oubaali takes it. Oubaali 10-9. I’ve it for Oubaali 116-112.
HUGO RUIZ vs ALBERTO GUEVARA
Round 1: Guevara starts off laying back, making Ruiz come to him. Ruiz tries to jab is way in as he tries to force Guevara to the ropes. Jab to the body partially lands for Guevara. Guevara trie a lead left hook but takes a counter right from Ruiz. Hard right hand lands clean for Ruiz and the follow up left hook puts Guevara down! Right hook lands for Guevara but Ruiz fires back with a combination. Ruiz tries to jump in with a left hook to the body but it doesn’t land clean. Ruiz hits Guevara on the break and gets a quick warning from the referee. Ruiz 10-8.
Round 2: Guevara tries to start with a jav to the body as Ruiz fires back a sharp counter. Ruiz lands two sharp punches upstairs. Guevara continues to lay back and look for spots to land singular shots. Guevara lands a right hand upstairs but Ruiz comes right back with a right hand that stings Guevara. Now Ruiz lands a couple of body punches on Guevara. Hard left hook lands low for Ruiz, referee tells him to keep them up. Right hand lead partially lands for Guevara. Ruiz throws a short combination, finishing with a left hook to the body. Short uppercut to the body lands for Ruiz. Ruiz 10-9, 20-17.
Round 3: Guevara starts with a jab to the body again, but Guevara is ready with a counter right to the head. Ruiz tries to throw a hard straight right hand to the head but can’t find the mark. Now Ruiz jabs to the body, then follows it up with an uppercut downstairs shortly after. Ruiz tries to sneak in an uppercut to the chin this time that just barely misses the mark. Ruiz continues to stalk Guevara and once he gets him to the corner Guevara quickly ties him up. Three punches come from Ruiz that land on Guevara’s gloves. Ruiz 10-9.
Round 4: Ruiz starts off more aggressive in this round, and now Guevara tries to land a looping overhand right that misses. Hard straight right hand lands for Ruiz. Guevara lands a jab and manages to avoid the counter this time. Ruiz throws a short combination that backs Guevara off. Jab to the body lands for Guevara. Ruiz tries a left hook, straight right combination that makes contact but doesn’t land clean. Now Ruiz lands a right hook to the body as he leans on Guevara’s neck with his left forearm. Slightly better round for Guevara, but it’s not enough. Ruiz 10-9, 40-35.
Round 5: Ruiz tries to find Guevara as he circles the ring. Ruiz presses Guevara to the ropes but is too wary of a counter to get off much offense. Ruiz tries to line up a big right hand but misses, and then Guevara partially lands a counter. Another body punch from Ruiz lands low and Guevara takes a moment to compose himself. Jab to the body lands for Ruiz. Ruiz 10-9.
Round 6: Ruiz’s corner warns him about telegraphing his punches too much, making the fight harder than it should be — they were anticipating an early round stoppage. Guevara tries to land a counter hook but can’t quite find the range. Jab to the body lands for Ruiz. Right hand lead lands for Ruiz. Guevara tries a one-two combination but Ruiz is able to roll the shots. Jab lands for Ruiz, who then tries to follow it up with another one-two but falls into a clinch with Guevara. Lead left hook from Ruiz glances off Guevara’s glove. Ruiz 10-9, 60-53.
Round 7: Ruiz backs Guevara to the ropes and throws another body punch that looks to stray a little low. Guevara tries to ties Ruiz up as he pressures him again and Ruiz gets in a body punch. Short combination on the inside lands on Guevara’s body. Now Guevara lands a right hook around Ruiz’s guard. Two right hands to the head and body partially land for Ruiz. Hard combination lands for Ruiz. Right hand lead lands over the top for Ruiz just before the bell. Ruiz 10-9.
Round 8: Ruiz misses on a lead right hook. Now Ruiz tries to follow it up but Guevara lands a left hand and circles out of range. Ruiz comes right back and throws a short combination that partially lands. Jab to the body lands for Ruiz. Ruiz misses on a wide right hook to the body. Ruiz backs Guevara back to the ropes again but can’t keep him there. Jab to the body lands for Ruiz at center ring. One-two come from Guevara, but doesn’t land effectively. Ruiz just misses on an uppercut to the head. Ruiz 10-9, 80-71.
Round 9: Ruiz paws a couple jabs as he look to land a straight right cross that Guevara is able to evade. Ruiz pushes Guevara back to the ropes again with a combination. Ruiz unloads a bunch of left hooks to the body and head once he gets Guevara in the corner and Guevara just tries to cover up and ride the shots. Now Guevara takes the lead for a moment but can’t quite land clean on Ruiz at center ring. Ruiz 10-9.
Round 10: Last round. Ruiz tries a right hand to the body as he backs Guevara up. Now Guevara throws a jab to the body and starts circling the outside of the ring again. Guevara comes forward momentarily and throws a one-two that Ruiz is able to pick off. Guevara tries to throw a lead right hand this time but it’s only grazing. Ruiz gets back to being the stalker and walks into a Guevara jab to the body. Jab to the body lands for Ruiz, who then tries to follow it up with two punches upstairs that don’t land clean. RIght hand to the body lands for Ruiz. Guevara steps out of range once Ruiz launches a one-two. I think Guevara prevented Ruiz from landing much of anything this round, so I’ll give him this round. Guevara 10-9. I’ve got it a gentleman’s sweep for Ruiz, 99-90.