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Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner as it happened: Pacquiao retains WBA title with dominant points win

All the news from Las Vegas as Pacquiao puts his title on the line in Las Vegas

11.05 Pacquiao 'willing to fight' Mayweather again

Fresh from retaining his WBA welterweight title with a comfortable win over Broner, Pacquiao is inevitably asked about a rematch with Mayweather, who is ringside.

“Tell [Floyd] to come back to the ring and then we will fight,” Pacquiao says. “I’m willing to fight him again.”

Will it happen? If the money's right, it will always be a possibility.

But do boxing fans want it after the letdown of the first fight in 2015? Perhaps that's the bigger question.

10.37 Pacquiao wins by unanimous decision!

Pacquiao retains his WBA welterweight title with a comfortable win on the scorecards, the ringside judges scoring the fight 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.

Some may argue that 116-112 is generous to Broner. A comprehensive, emphatic and impressive victory for the Pac Man.

10.34 Round 12 - Total dominance from Pacquiao

Broner throws his arms in the air and climbs the ropes. You'd expect out of hope more than anything else. Pacquiao sinks to his knees in prayer. A close final round, but regardless of the outcome of the 12th, there is no way Pacquiao has not won this fight by a wide points margin.

"I outboxed him" says Broner. You certainly didn't.

10.31 Round 11 - Penultimate round to Pacquiao

"I won that round, right?" Broner asks his corner. Not too sure about that, but it was certainly closer as the American lands a few shots. But punch volume favours Pacquiao and he did enough to win the round. 10-9.

10.27 Round 10 - Pacquiao stalking Broner

Not the finest round of the fight, but again it's the champion who does enough to win it. Broner spends the second half of the round running from Pacquiao while offering little attack. 10-9 Pacquiao just.

10.23 Round 9 - Broner stunned again!

Pacquiao has Broner backing up again after a left straight down the pipe. The American's defensive skills and strong chin resist Pacquiao's subsequent barrage. 10-9 Pacquiao. Again.

10.19 Round 8 - Pacquiao in control

Broner regains his feet after staring into the abyss during Round 7, and manages to land a few decent shots. But it's Pacquiao again who lands far more to claim the round. 10-9 to the champ.

10.15 Round 7 - Broner in trouble!

Pacquiao has Broner in deep, deep trouble but the American holds on desperately to survive the round. The left cross set up the initial attack. Another 10-9 round for Pacquiao.

10.11 Round 6 - Pac on the attack

Broner lands flush with the final exchange of the round, but Pacquiao was the far more effective fighter for the previous two minutes and 45 seconds. Pacquiao with a super body shot to rock Broner slightly. Pacquaio 10-9.

10.06 Round 5 - 'A chess match'

More of the same as Pacquiao continues to come forward and Broner stays out of range to work on the counter. Showtime goes to Floyd Mayweather ringside who calls the fight "a chess match". He has Pacquiao ahead by one or two rounds. Pacquiao did a bit more to win the round, 10-9.

10.02 Round 4 - Better from Broner

Broner starts the round with a couple of effective combos. Pacquiao rushing his shots. Broner then ends the round with another fine combo. Broner does enough to claim his first round 10-9.

9.58 Round 3 - Pacquiao starts to land

Pacquiao displays blistering hand speed (is he seriously 40 years old??) to trouble Broner who spends much of the round back tracking. Each attack met with huge cheers from the crowd. There's no doubting who they're supporting.

Pacquiao's best round so far. 10-9.

9.54 Round 2 - Pacquiao on the attack

Pacquiao the far busier and attacking fighter, some quick combos exciting the crowd but nothing to truly trouble Broner. Another round for Pacquiao but Broner looking to strike on the counter. Pacquiao 10-9.

9.50 Round 1 - Bright start from Pacquiao

Pacquiao on the front foot in the opening exchanges as Broner looks to counter-punch. A relatively cagey first round. 10-9 Pacquiao.

9.40 The champ emerges

Pacquiao greeted by rapturous cheers as he enters to Eye of the Tiger, his black robe with yellow and white trim more understated than Broner's get-up.

Chants of "Pacquiao" ring around the arena. The WBA champion bows in prayer in his corner. The fight just moments away now.

9.35 Ring walks under way

National anthems sung, it's time for the fighters to enter the ring. First up, as the challenger, is Adrien Broner. The American - a four-division world champion - dressed in typically lavish attire and sunglasses. Is this the first time a boxer has entered the ring wearing a fur-trimmed robe?

Broner looks calm and relaxed, bouncing along to the rap music that accompanies his entrance.

9.15 Time for the main event

The co-main event between Marcus Browne and Badou Jack for the vacant WBC silver light heavyweight belt has gone the way of Browne via unanimous points decision. Jack was severely hampered by one of the worst cuts you are ever likely to see. Official scorecards 117-110, 116-111 and 119-108 in favour of Browne.

We are now just moments away from the start of the main event as Pacquiao and Broner finalise their preparations in the dressing room.

8.30 Who is Adrien Broner?

As usual, much of the attention in the lead-up is on the Philippines' eight-division world champion Pacquiao, but who is the man in the opposite corner?

Jon Turner has all the info you need about the fighter who calls himself "The Problem". Check it out here

8.05 Almost fight time

Good morning! Not long now until Manny Pacquiao gets in the ring in Las Vegas for the first defence of his WBA welterweight title against Adrien Broner.

The fight is due to start around 9am UAE time and we will keep you updated with all the news and action as it unfolds.

But ahead of the action take the opportunity to look at Pacquiao's preparations for the fight in our Beyond the Ropes series.

John McAuley spent time in December with Pacquiao and his camp in Manila and enjoyed great access as he saw how the 40 year old balances his new political life with the demands of remaining competitive in the ring.

Check out the three features and hear from the man himself in a video of our time with the boxing great.

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Manny Pacquiao “Beyond the Ropes” series

Part 1: A man who gives hope to the Philippines

Part 2: Turning 40 and no signs of slowing

Part 3: The final chapter - Broner, Mayweather and the fear of going on for too long

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Updated: January 20, 2019 05:24 PM

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