Pacquiao defeats Bradley by UD.
Saturday night, April 12th at MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) won a unanimous decision over a game Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1, 12 KOs). The scores were 116-112, 116-112, 118-110. In a showdown that was well matched, both fighters seemed to be fighting in styles that were not quite their own. Bradley, while still elusive and making Pacquiao miss, was clearly trying to deliver the one punch knockout he had been very public in revealing as an integral part of his training plan. Manny Pacquiao was willing but unable to effectively deliver the Tasmanian Devil like flurry of punch combinations that were his hallmark in his days of putting opponents to sleep.
Pacquiao: “The Bradley I fought before was different. He improved a lot. I tried to finish him a couple times but he threw a lot of punches. He was very tough.”
At many points during the fight Timothy Bradley openly taunted Manny Pacquiao making a show of putting his hands down to suggest to Pacquiao and the fans in attendance that Pacquiao could not hurt him. However while Pacquiao could not devastatingly hurt Bradley with anything that put him to the canvas, he was able to aptly dissuade Mr. Bradley from continuing in this vein for long.
Bradley: "Pacquiao was the better man tonight and he showed what he's made of. The dude still has it. One of the reasons I love Pacquiao so much is he never ducks an opponent and he is always willing to fight the best. Manny Pacquiao is a true champion”.
Joel Diaz, Bradley’s trainer, hinted at a calf injury, which happened to his fighter in the first round, but when asked by reporters during the post press conference Bradley responded:
Bradley: “I don’t want talk about it. I don’t want to take anything away from Pacquiao tonight”.
Of course, now that Bradley’s “0” is gone without either man on the canvas or heavily outclassed by the other, it would seem that we might very well see ourselves on the road to a Pacquiao vs. Bradley 3. Whether either man’s performance has Floyd Mayweather interested in doing some business in the ring sooner rather than later only time can tell.
Manny Pacquiao: “The line is open, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If he wants to fight, the fight will be on.”