MGM GRAND, LAS VEGAS - Questions abounded about what a 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao had left.
The Filipino legend turned in another sensational performance as he battered a hapless Adrien Broner in a unanimous decision victory before a partisan crowd of 13,025 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a fight that headlined Pacquiao's first-ever main event on Premier Boxing Champions.
Pacquiao said he is open to a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who outpointed the Filipino in a much-hyped May 2015 fight.
"Tell him to come back to the ring, and we will fight," Pacquiao said. "I'm willing to fight Floyd Mayweather again if he's willing to come back to boxing."
Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KO's) got off to a fast start, taking control of the fight from the opening bell with a combination and a hard right hand.
In the third round, Pacquiao hurt Broner with a sharp left hand, which caused the former four-division world champion to tie up. Pacquiao landed with another crisp right hand later in the round, which led to roars from the crowd.
Pacquiao appeared to let off the gas in the sixth round, which provided an opportunity for Broner to let his hands go. Broner grazed Pacquiao with a right hand, and scored with another. It was Broner's best round of the night. He didn't do much after that.
Broner was badly hurt from a left hand in the seventh round, and Pacquiao fired away, but Broner protected himself well against the ropes.
Both fighters spent the eighth round in recovery mode. Pacquiao was conserving energy after a hellacious seventh round, and Broner was attempting to get his legs back underneath him.
Pacquiao started off the ninth round attacking Broner with sharp jabs to the body, and hurt him again with a huge straight left right on the chin. "Pacman" threw everything but the kitchen sink, including uppercuts, and right hands to the body. Broner refused to go down, but he was never really in the fight.
According to Compubox, Pacquiao landed 112 of 568 (20 percent) punches, including a sharp 42 percent (82 of 197) of his power shots. Meanwhile, Broner connected on just 50 of 295 punches (17 percent), and landed just three body punches.
While Broner (33-4, 24 KO's), 29, of Cincinnati, Ohio, spent much of the final rounds staring at the clock, it was Pacquiao, a senator and cherished leader of his nation, who turned back the clock yet again, and delivered another scintillating performance.
Broner thought he won the fight, somehow.
"Let me let all you know, I want to thank the whole 'hood who came out here. You know I beat that boy," Broner said. "They are trying to get that money with Pacquiao and Floyd. I beat him. Smart boxing."
Leading up to the fight, Pacquiao told a group of reporters that he planned to fight at least three more years. He stood by that statement.
"Right now I'm still okay," Pacquiao told FightNights.com. " I mean I can still fight and you see my performance. I can be an aggressive fighter. I can give my best at the age of 40."