Punch stats point to decisive win
Dino Maragay (The Philippine Star) - January 21, 2019 - 12:00am

LAS VEGAS – A more aggressive Manny Pacquiao had Adrien Broner on the retreat throughout their WBA welterweight title fight that resulted in an unquestionable victory for the Filipino icon.

Pacquiao simply was the busier fighter, as evidenced by the punch statistics.

The defending champion unleashed a total of 538 punches, 112 of them finding their mark for a 20 percent connect rate. Broner, in contrast, threw 295 and landed only 50 (17 percent).

Pacquiao was likewise the better jabber (30/371, eight percent) than Broner (11/115, 10 percent), and rocked the challenger by landing 82 out of 197 power shots (42 percent).

Broner, who had his moments catching Pacquiao with some 1-2 combinations, connected only 39 of the 180 power punches he threw (22 percent).

Twice, Pacquiao had Broner almost out on his feet – in the seventh and nine rounds – and twice, he had left his foe off the hook.

Broner simply could not keep up with the 40-year-old Pacquiao’s hand speed, and he was often at the receiving end of Pacquiao’s trademark combo that includes a left straight to the body followed by a short right to the head.

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