Manny Pacquiao may be 40 years old. He may be past his prime. He may be a part time boxer, part time politician. But he pretty clearly has not faded all the way just yet, as he showed against Adrien Broner. Pacquiao demonstrated nice aggression, great hand speed, and a good jab to take a dominant decision win over Broner. It’s impressive that Pacquiao remains not only relevant, but actually a good talent – he showed that last time against Lucas Matthysse, and he showed it again here against Broner.
Of course, it must be said that Broner is a decidedly flawed opponent (as was Matthysse). Pacquiao is not beating the top tier Welterweights right now, and that’s probably OK – no one really expects him to. He’s fighting selected opponents. Which brings us to the big question – who will be the next selected opponent? All the talk is on Pacquiao vs. Mayweather 2. Here, Pac said he was up for the fight if Floyd was. Money obviously talks in situations like this, and while the rematch won’t draw nearly as well as the first fight, it’s still the biggest money fight for either man, so look for it to happen within the year.
Thoughts on the rest of the card…
- Pretty much right from the opening bell, Badou Jack was getting dominated by Marcus Browne. Then, in round 7, a clash of heads opened up a massive cut on Jack and his night went from bad to worse. Jack ended up wearing the crimson mask, splattering blood all over the ring, and soaking the shirt of referee Tony Weeks. It was a lot of blood. Jack made it to the end, but was never in it. This was the worst performance from Jack outside of his shocking 1 round loss years ago, and it was bad long before the cut. All credit to Browne, who handled the fight very well, but the final story of the fight is probably the demise of Jack. We’ll see if he can come back from this, but at 35, it might not be possible.
- Styles makes fights, and Rau’shee Warren vs. Nordine Oubaali was a perfect example of how good match-making pays off. These two matched up perfectly and put on a super entertaining fight. It was close the whole way through, but from about rounds 5-9, Oubaali was firmly in control, including a spectacular round 7 where he hurt Warren. It was likely those rounds that made the difference, as Oubaali got the unanimous decision win and the vacant WBC Bantamweight belt. Oubaali is now 15-0, and I’m very excited to see where he goes next as there are a lot of potential barn-burner fights for him in the division.
- Credit to Warren for a classy post-fight interview where he said he thought the fight was closer than the scores, but not that he won. Kudos to him for that.
- One of the biggest losers on the night has to be Jhack Tepora. The Filipino fighter was the A side in the PPV opener, set to potentially make a big splash in the US. But he missed weight (spectacularly) and was pulled from the card. Not a good look for many who were just being introduced to him.
- With Tepora out, Alberto Guevara stepped up to face Hugo Ruiz, and the results were not exciting. Guevara fought like a guy coming in on short notice and just trying to make the final bell, while Ruiz never really picked up the pace himself. The result was a one-side, low-output, dull affair that Ruiz won, but won’t gain much from. There was a first round knockdown for Ruiz, but not much else to say about this one.
Next big boxing event here on Bloody Elbow is the return of Keith Thurman next weekend on January 26. See you then.
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