The Game of Pac-Man. Broner Cries Foul & Jack Loses to Browne
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
Las Vegas, NV (January 20th, 2019)– In the arcade game of Pac-Man, Inky, Blinky and Clyde are the male characters who will give you a run for your money. Adrien Broner still talks the talk, as the boxer crowds love to boo and hate, a sort of modern day Jake LaMotta. In the end, could not play ‘Pac Man’.
Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao carried out a game plan to perfection. Fight carefully, overwhelm Adrien Broner with the volume of punches, and keep moving throughout. Winning 10 rounds on Real Combat Media’s 118-110 scorecard at age 40 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 19, 2019, Pacquiao set up a possible final mega super bout rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in defense of his World Boxing Association World Welterweight title, or a possible mega bout instead against the championship winner of welterweights Mikey Garcia versus Errol Spence, later in 2019. All three were at ringside watched the spectacle in the big money hunt.
Broner cried sour grapes foul after the bout, claiming he was the winner, and the real issue was the general public wanting to see Floyd come out of retirement to fight Floyd versus Pacquiao III. Broner implied he was set up, meaning Pacquiao would win on the scorecards no matter what he did, because the judges were influenced by Floyd’s presence and the roar of the crowd. Floyd remained mum after the bout as to the prospects of a Las Vegas rematch with Pacquiao.’The Roar of the Crowd’ is the title of a book by the late world heavyweight champion Gentleman James Corbett. Broner’s verbal tirade inference meant the pro-Pacquiao crowd and the general public essentially influenced the judges and the outcome. Broner’s wolf cry did not appear to be the case. While Broner remained motionful with his emotions in check for 12 rounds, he did not match his movement with enough counterpunches to make the bout interesting. And so, by a wide margin, to nobody’s surprise but himself, Broner lost.
The public wants the possibility of Floyd versus Pacman II, as opposed to Floyd coming out of retirement to fight the winner of Errol Spence versus Mikey Garcia. Pacquiao did everything right to make it happen, coming forward with wild aggression, and scoring crisp body shots on occasion. Broner did counter well, and slipped punches well. He got outpunched two to one, and beyond a certain point, Broner was no longer fighting to win, earning loud boos from the crowd for his limited effort, as opposed to for his big mouth.
Broner, now 33-4-1, 24 knockouts, Cincinnati, Ohio, ‘The Problem’, has had problems with the law of recent, but his problem in this bout was he could not get his offense going. Politician and Senator Pacquiao, who had experience and trainer Freddie Roach on his side this time, 51-7-2 with 39 knockouts, General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines, appears to still have one more mega bout left in the tank. Could it be Floyd?
Result: Manny Pacquiao Win 12 Adrien Broner, Welterweights
Pacquiao Retains World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title.
Scoring: 116-112, 116-112,117-111 Pacquiao. Referee: Russell Mora
No knockdowns. Pacquiao dominated punch count. Clean bout. Scoring neutral and fair.
In the bloody preliminary bout to the main event, undefeated 2012 Olympian Marcus Browne won the interim World Boxing Association World Light Heavyweight title, and the World Boxing Council Silver Light Heavyweight title as well in a WBC eliminator, by 12 round unanimous decision over bloody Badou Jack.
Browne came forward and used reach advantage to win five of the first six rounds with ring generalship. However, the weird round seven changed the tempo of the bout.
An accidental clash of heads left a horrific looking vertical cut on Jack’s forehead between the eyebrows, forcing Jack to fight somewhat blind for the next six rounds. He didn’t give up, largely because Browne got penalized a point later in round seven for holding. Browne’s game plan was partly to punch and hold. BadouJack’s trainer, former WBA World Light Heavyweight champion Lou Del Valle, told Jack the cut was not serious, and Jack could hang on and win by disqualification, as Browne was still using excessive holding.
Referee Tony Weeks blue officiating shirt turned bloody red. Weeks, distracted by the blood, did not penalize Browne’s ongoing holding again. The ringside physician let the bloody bout continue. Jack’s cut grew more grotesque when it kept getting hit, turning the bout into a bloodbath. Jack headed to the hospital after the bout. Judge Don Trella gave Browne every round even with the point deduction, and Jack fought the second half of the bout in survival mode, looking for the big one punch shot all night which was not to be. Jack could not see well enough to land more than a lucky punch here or there. Besides the cut, Jack did not seem physically affected. Browne did not see much of an offensive attempt from Jack either before or after the cut.
The bout was also an eliminator for a shot at WBC titleholder Oleksandr Gvozdyk. Southpaw ‘Sir’ Marcus Browne, 23-0 with 16 knockouts, Staten Island, New York, rose to the number four position in the BoxRec worldwide rankings. Ex-champion Badou Jack, Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Stockholm, Sweden, fell to 22-2-3 with 13 knockouts.
Result: Marcus Browne Win 12 Badou Jack, Light Heavyweights
Browne wins the interim WBA World and WBC Silver Light Heavyweight titles.World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight title eliminator for Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
Browne deducted one point for holding in round seven. Referee: Tony Weeks.
Break in the action after an accidental clash of heads in round seven. Jack cut on the forehead. Ringside physician let bout run. A technical draw would have given Browne bout on points.
MGM Grand Undercard Bouts
Nordine Oubaali Win 12 Rau’Shee Warren, Bantamweights
Oubaali wins vacant World Boxing Council World Bantamweight title
France’s only world champion. A rematch of 2012 Olympics, also won by 15-0 Oubaali.
Hugo Ruiz Win 10 Alberto Guevara, Featherweights
Guevara was down for a flash knockdown in the first round, but arose unhurt. Sinaloa Mexico’s Ruiz won every round, including 100-89 on one scorecard. Not a close bout.
George Kambozos Jr. Win 8 Ray Perez, Lightweights
16-0 Australian lightweight prospect Kambozos wins every round 80-72 on all scorecards.
Jonathan Steele Win Split Decision 8 Jayar Inson, Welterweights
Texas fighter 9-2 Jonathan Steele knocked down 18-1 Filipino Inson in the first round, then fights on to score the split decision upset. Scoring: 78-73, 77-74 for Steele. 77-74 for Inson.
Desmond Jarmon Win Majority Decision 6 Canton Miller, Featherweights
7-0 Cincinnati, Ohio featherweight prospect Jarmon worked hard for the win against 3-1-1 Saint Louis, Missouri’s Miller. Scoring: 59-55, 58-58-56, Jarmon. 57-57 draw.
Destyne Butler Win 4 David Payne, Middleweights
Rising 4-0 Chicago, Illinois middleweight prospect Butler decisions 3-1-1 Payne.
Viddal Riley TKO 1 Mitchell Spangler (Pro Debut), Cruiserweights (0:33)
2-0 British cruiserweight prospect, London’s Viddal, is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. The opening untelevised bout on the card. Debuting Spangler should try another profession.