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It is from this article about a boxing match.

The rematch was again played out at pace, with Whyte picking smart shots under pressure.

I would get if there were a clarification of at what pace, slow or fast. Perhaps it has a somewhat different meaning there.

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    I believe the key is in the previous sentence, which you’ve omitted: Whyte seemed more cautious than during their heavy-hitting meeting in 2016 when he shaded a points win after 12 thrilling rounds which left many fans calling for a repeat. It looks like a hastily-written article, probably submitted just moments after the fight as a sports journalist hurried to meet his deadline. – J.R. Dec 23 '18 at 11:23
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Punches were traded or made rather quickly.

Compare:

The San Diego Legion will also benefit in 2019 from Fijian rugby union player and Olympic Sevens gold medalist Jasa Veremalua who’s [sic] speed and precision offloads ensures [sic] a game played at pace.

or

This session centres on Paul Pogba running the game for his team and getting points for assists and for scoring goals – it’s a fast game, played at pace and will give your players a good test.

or

Warwick played at pace from the off and never gave the visitors a chance to settle...

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  • Look here merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pace at the meaning d(1) as a noun. While commonly associated with speed, 'pace' can also refer to tempo, i.e. the frequency of events happening, e.g. punches thrown per minute. – Ross Murray Dec 23 '18 at 12:03
  • @Ross Murray But here Whyte is "under pressure". In a boxing match, you're under pressure when the punches are coming your way in rather quick succession, not slow and steady at an even, measured tempo. .." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 23 '18 at 12:06
  • I am sorry, but I cannot get it. Does "at pace" mean "keep up the current pace"? – Dmytro O'Hope Dec 23 '18 at 13:44
  • @Dmytro O'Hope: At pace means "at a rather brisk tempo". "It's a fast game, played at pace". I have no idea where you're getting an imperative construction from it, "keep up". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 23 '18 at 16:04
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    And just as "with speed" can mean "fast", so too can "at pace" mean "fast". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 25 '18 at 10:15

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