|Adrien Broner had a different view of his bout against Manny Pacquiao. Showtime Boxing|
By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA—In what could be one of the most intriguing post-fight interviews for a losing boxer, American pug Adrien Broner insisted that he soundly defeated Manny Pacquiao for the World Boxing Association welterweight title at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday (Philippine Time).
"I beat him! Everybody out here know[s] I beat him," Broner told veteran sportscaster Jim Gray. "I controlled the fight. He was missing. I hit him many times."
Broner then reiterated it in the post-fight press conference.
"If you ask me, I feel like I won the fight," he said in the presser. "I swear to God. I feel good. I still look good."
He further insisted, "I think he was more surprised about my speed and my counter-punching."
Stats-wise, however, it seemed like it's not the case.
Pacquiao was the better aggressor, throwing 568 punches compared to 295 from Broner.
Pacquiao connected on 112 of his punches, while Broner only converted 50.
It was only in Round 10, where all the three judges had it for Broner, and in Round 4, where various unofficial scorecards from the media, including those of Dugout Philippines, had it also for Broner, where he got the better punching percentage than Pacquiao.
But for Broner, who has now failed to win for the fourth time in his last seven bouts after the loss to Pacquiao, the quest to become world champion again will not end there.
"I will be back, and I will be champion again," he vowed.
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