Manny Pacquiao showed on Saturday night he still has plenty of fight in a dominant win over Adrien Broner and called out Floyd Mayweather in his post-fight press conference.
With Mayweather watching from ringside in Las Vegas, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes.
Pacquiao was repeatedly asked about a rematch with Mayweather after the fight. “My message is I’m still active, and if [Mayweather] goes back to the ring and wants to challenge me, I’m a champion. Get back to the ring and we will fight again if he wants,” he said.
“If he wants to come out of retirement, then announce it and challenge me. I’m a champion and I don’t pick any opponent. I’m just waiting to see who will challenge me, who will challenge [for] my belt.”
Pacquaio won a lopsided decision that was never in doubt before a crowd that roared at every punch he landed. The decision was never in doubt, but Pacquiao pressed the fight into the later rounds as he tried unsuccessfully to score a knockout. Two judges favored Pacquiao by a 116-112 score, while the third had it 117-111.