Unified female middleweight boxing champion Claressa Shields (8-0-0, 2 KOs) is a big Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 1NC, 24 KOs) fan. But like many fans and experts who watched the big fight against WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) last night, she came away disappointed in the 4-division champion’s inability to perform on the big stage.
With retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather watching at ringside, Broner lost a clear unanimous decision against the 40-year-old Pacquiao, who came away with 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112 judge scorecards that was not as close as they indicated. In the post-fight interview, Broner reiterated that he won the fight and shook off the loss as a conspiracy to keep Pacquiao in line for a future big money Floyd Mayweather rematch.
Speaking to The Ring Digital after attending the fight, Shields expressed her feelings, sprinkled with some heartfelt advice for “The Problem.”
It’s back to the drawing board for Broner, who according to the Compubox statistics landed only 50 of 295 overall punches (17 per cent) compared of 112 of 568 (20 per cent) for Pacquiao.
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) January 20, 2019
Broner has a knack for wanting people to see him fight again after disappointing defeats. But at 29 and this latest performance, that window may be narrowing.