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Pacquiao defends WBA welterweight title against Broner

Manny Pacquiao celebrated the 61st win of his career with a unanimous points victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. Credit: PA

Manny Pacquiao celebrated the 61st win of his career with a unanimous points victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.

The Filipino politician, 40, was in imperious form and roundly saw off the challenge for his WBA welterweight title from the 29-year-old American.

The fight was scored 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 in Pacquiao's favour after 12 rounds at the MGM Grand where 13,025 people had turned out for the spectacle.

His 70th professional fight got under way in Vegas late on Saturday after a visit backstage from Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao busily got to work on Broner, although the American did manage to land a blow on his rival's jaw in the second round.

The Filipino's speed was a key factor; Pacquiao fired off three jabs for every two his opponent managed, while the elder boxer's bigger shots were more accurate in their delivery.

Combined with his remarkable stamina, the title-holder showed all at the MGM he is still a serious contender despite his years.