Fightful Boxing Newsletter (1/24/2019) Table of Contents:
2. DAZN Signs Several Big Free Agents, What’s Next? (Page 2)
3. WBO Orders Demetrius Andrade vs. Billy Joe Saunders (Page 3)
4. Latest On Gennady Golovkin’s Free Agency (Page 4)
5. PBC on Fox January 26 Preview (Page 5)
6. January 18 Boxing Recap: DAZN, ESPN+ (Page 6)
7. WBC Quarterly Report (Page 7)
8. Golden Boy Boxing on DAZN January 26 Preview (Page 8)
9. Latest On Anthony Joshua’s Next Fight (Page 9)
Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner Review, Full Results:
The first truly big show of 2019 was noteworthy to say the least, but as far as in-ring quality, the event was a disappointing one to start the year.
Manny Pacquiao returned to the United States for the first time since 2016 to face Adrien Broner in the main event of a Showtime pay-per-view card from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19. In what was ultimately a one-side beatdown, Pacquiao easily defeated Broner by unanimous decision to retain the WBA “Regular” welterweight title.
The primary story of the fight was actually Floyd Mayweather, who has been the subject of a lot of reports stating that he is considering coming out of retirement once more to fight Pacquiao should he defeat Broner. That angle has always been a subplot in the buildup to the pay-per-view but it became the primary story in the main event once it became clear that Pacquiao would cruise to an easy win over Broner.
Mayweather was asked by Showtime’s Jim Gray after the fifth round of the main event if he would be facing Pacquiao to which Mayweather simply responded by saying wait until Pacquiao gets past Broner. Once Pacquiao did just that and challenged Mayweather to a rematch, the cameras panned over to Mayweather, who simply looked away and gave no response whatsoever.
The non-answer could be interpreted in a number of ways, but certainly one that was very telling came from WBA “Super” welterweight champion Keith Thurman. In a recent media call, Thurman noted how Golovkin is a man of actions and not words and questioning him surrounding a rematch with Pacquiao won’t do any good since he will not give a direct answer. If one were to show Mayweather a contract or something tangible with a large enough of a cash guarantee (Thurman said $100 million), then Mayweather would be willing to talk.
It makes sense if you think about it and given how Mayweather had the miscommunication issues with Rizin over his exhibition against Tenshin Nasukawa, Mayweather is more closely guarded than ever before when it comes it to committing, or even commenting, on these types of things.
After the pay-per-view ended in Las Vegas, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said Mayweather is happily retired and no longer has any desire to return to the ring in any official capacity. Though that may be Mayweather’s current mentality, there is no indication he will feel the same one, two months from here. Time is on Mayweather’s side to think about this fight.
As it is Pacquiao’s first fight under the PBC banner, his second fight could potentially be a big one even if it isn’t against Mayweather. Given that welterweight is PBC’s strongest division, Pacquiao could fight the likes of Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia or even Thurman, all would be far better fights than Broner and even Mayweather. The reason why time is Mayweather’s side is because all four welterweights that were just mentioned have fights through mid-April and it is likely that PBC could wait until all those fights are over before thinking about Pacquiao’s next fight. That gives Mayweather two, maybe three months to consider coming out of retirement.
The official attendance number for the event was 13,025 and according to reports, the pay-per-view is trending towards 400,000 buys, which is approximately $30 million in pay-per-view revenue. Both figures rank relatively low compared to Pacquiao’s past pay-per-view bouts, but the buyrate is similar to the 2016 showdown against Timothy Bradley although the revenue for that fight is about $6 million less than the event against Broner.
MGM Grand Garden Arena Results:
Hugo Ruiz defeated Alberto Guevara (100-89, 99-90, 99-90): Guevara entered the fight as a last-second replacement because Interim WBA featherweight titleholder Jhack Tepora was more than five pounds over the 126-pound limit and was pulled off the card. Ruiz started off well, landing a knockdown in the first round, but would not really create any pressure to look for the knockout. Ruiz outbox Guevara throughout the entire fight, but Guevara did land some decent counter punches to throw Ruiz off-balance, there wasn't a single round in which Guevara could confidently say he won. Ruiz slowed down his pace as the fight wore on and it started to become a glorified sparring session, not looking for the knockout and cruising to a very easy unanimous decision victory.
Nordine Oubaali defeated Rau'Shee Warren by unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112, 117-111) to win the WBC Bantamweight title: Oubaali opened things up by swinging for the fences at some moments early in the fight. Warren's best punches early in the fight came from counter punching and utilizing the left hand and the check right hook. Warren hits a big left-right combination that stunned Oubaali, but did not capitalize on any bigger punches. At times, Oubaali abandons the jab for more power punches, but has little success connecting on those big shots. Oubaali does get in on Warren in the fifth round, feinting the left hand and connecting on a right hook. Warren becomes hesitant to let his hands go throughout the middle rounds, allowing Oubaali to take control of the fight. Oubaali lands a flurry of punches in the seventh round that hurts Warren and is starting to look like he would run away with the fight. Warren eventually gets to throw more punches in the last couple of rounds, but it is a little too late for that as Oubaali wins the WBC Bantamweight title and must now face interim champion Takuma Inoue.
Marcus Browne defeated Badou Jack by unanimous decision (117-110, 116-111, 119-108) to win the Interim WBA Light Heavyweight title and become the mandatory challenger to the WBC Light Heavyweight title: The story of the fight was a clash of heads in the seventh round that saw Jack suffer a horrendous cut. This bout should have been stopped around the ninth or 10th round. Browne dominated from the start, overpowering Jack with vicious hooks to the side of the head. Jack's gameplan appeared to be to outbox Browne and look towards landing the jab to the body. Jack was able to get the jab to land, but nothing actually hurt Browne. Jack started to lunge forward whenever Browne was against the ropes and a lot of clinching took place in the middle rounds. Browne was the stronger puncher and dominated the entire fight. Jack was able to show exceptional toughness by going the distance, but barring a late knockout, it looked like Browne was going to win one way or another once the clash of heads occurred. Browne is not only the Interim WBA champion at 175 pounds but also the mandatory challenger to the WBC title. In the post-fight interview, Browne chose to call out Teddy Atlas, who trains WBC titleholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who won his title in early December 2017.
Manny Pacquiao defeated Adrien Broner by unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112) to retain the WBA "Regular" Welterweight title: From the start, Pacquiao looked to attack the body and outland Broner, who mostly stuck to defense and counter-punching. Pacquiao came out from the start like a jackrabbit, throwing several dozens of punches per round. Pacquiao continued to work the body as the fight progressed, but his best punches came from his jab, throwing Broner off-balance in a couple of rounds. Broner gets a couple of good counter hooks in, causing Pacquiao's right eye to swell up a little bit, but it hardly does anything to affect him. The pro-Pacquiao crowd lifted the Filipino champion in some of the rounds as Pacquiao wanted to give a big performance in Las Vegas. Broner barely hurt Pacquiao throughout the entire fight and Pacquiao did not slow down even in the last few rounds. After the fight, Pacquiao said he wants the rematch against Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather did not give a response when the cameras were on him. Regardless, Pacquiao showed that he is still one of the best welterweights in the world even at 40 years old.
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