At 40 years old, Manny Pacquiao appears to have found the fountain of youth as he showed the boxing world that the “Pac Man” is still an incredible fighter, performer, and that age is just a number. Pacquiao returned to Las Vegas on Saturday night, for the first time in two years, to take on Adrien Broner in a welterweight title fight.
Despite what Broner thought about the fight, it turned out to be a one sided affair as Manny put on a boxing clinic and won the contest via Unanimous Decision.
The majority of the 13,000 fans in attendance were clearly pro-Pacquiao. They seemingly inspired Manny every round with their loud “Manny, Manny” chants. Pacquiao delivered on the action for the entire fight. Unfortunately, he also spent a good part of the bout chasing after Broner.
In the end, the judges saw the fight close to what GamblingSites.org and other outlets saw the fight as, and awarded Manny with the UD (117-111, 116-112, 116-112). An argument could be made that Manny won all 12 rounds. ESPN had Manny win 120-108 and GamblingSites.org scored it 119-109.
“I feel so happy because I did my best in the fight and in training. Thank God for this victory. I’m so happy because God gave me this good health. At the age of 40, I can still give my best. Although I wanted to be aggressive more, my camp told me don’t be careless and to counter him and wait for opportunities.”
With this route of Broner, Pacquiao picked up the 61st win of his legendary career and plans to keep fighting. As he said after the fight: “The Manny Pacquiao journey will still continue.”
What’s Next for Manny Pacquiao?
Pacquiao’s intentions are clear – keep fighting and hopefully get a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. After his victory over Broner, Manny declared that he wanted to fight Floyd:
“Tell him to come back to the ring, and we will fight. I’m willing to fight Floyd Mayweather again if he’s willing to come back to boxing.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sitting ringside for the entire fight and was interviewed during the Pacquiao vs Broner bout. Mayweather seemed very business-like during the interview and was non-committal about a rematch against Manny.
“The fans are waiting for that fight. When we met in Japan, he came to my table and he said he would come back to challenge me. I told him, ‘I’m a champion. Challenge me and if you want to come back, we’ll get in the ring.’ We met in Japan and we also met at the Clippers game at Staples Center, but that was coincidental. But in Japan, he came to my table and said he wanted to fight me.”
Just like in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 through 2015, Pacquiao has been trying to get Mayweather to step into the ring with him. Now, it’s 2019 and both fighters are near the end of their careers. And still, Manny is trying to convince Floyd for a fight.
Will There Be a Pacquiao vs Mayweather 2?
Following the Pacquiao – Broner fight, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe killed the buzz and stated there wouldn’t be a rematch:
“He’s retired. He has no interest in doing that. It’s not always about the money, believe it or not. What more can the man do? He doesn’t have the motivation, the desire. He’s living his best life, traveling, running his multiple businesses, spending his hard-earned winnings.”
From Ellerbe’s comments, it would appear that Floyd is done. But, if that’s the case then why would Mayweather go and beat up a Japanese kid in an “exhibition” fight on New Year’s Eve? And why would he constantly declare via social media that he wants a rematch against Manny?
Lastly, why would he sit ringside to watch the fight if he had no interest in a Pacquiao rematch?
As someone who’s covered these two fighters for the last decade across various online outlets, it’s hard to imagine either of them passing on a rematch.
For Mayweather, it’s always been about the money and fame. Floyd has ducked many fighters in the past or taken on certain fighters when they were clearly on the decline. Depending on the source, Mayweather made up to $250 million dollars in the first fight against Manny. Do you think he would pass up another $200 million dollar fight?
For Pacquiao, it’s all about legacy. Sure, the money would be great, but Manny wants a shot at defeating Mayweather, handing Floyd his first loss, and “leave a legacy that people remember.” Manny has already accomplished the legacy part even if he doesn’t get a rematch.
Pacquiao vs Mayweather Betting Odds
Despite a strong performance against Broner, Pacquiao’s odds haven’t changed at most boxing betting sites. Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains a -250 favorite and Manny remains a +200 underdog in a rematch, according to MyBookie.
It’s a bit surprising that these odds didn’t change at all, considering just how great a 40 year old Manny looked in the ring. When Floyd was 40, he fought Conor McGregor in a boxing match. At least Manny is inside a boxing ring taking on former champs in the sport of boxing, not MMA.
With that said, the best boxing wager to keep an eye out for is whether or not Pacquiao and Mayweather fight in 2019. This prop bet used to be on every internet sportsbook, but it’s harder to find these days as most oddsmakers think it will happen.
With Mayweather turning 42 next month, and Manny already turning 40 last month, time is running out for a rematch. However, with the way Manny looked against Broner this weekend and Matthysse last year, I would have to say that his +200 betting odds for a rematch with Mayweather, offers excellent betting value.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...
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