Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the vacant WBO international welterweight title. The win was Pacquiao’s second against Bradley in the last four years, and the champ claims it was the final one of his career.
It was a close fight for the first five rounds, but Pacquiao took over and dominated the second half of the bout. The turning point came in the seventh round when Bradley hit the canvas following a right hook to the chin. Bradley would later claim that he simply lost his balance, but Pacquaio knocked Bradley down again in the ninth round with a strong left hook. With two knockdowns, Pacquiao was given the decision, 116-110, on all three judges’ scorecards.
Bradley fought well, landing 87 of his 218 attempted power shots. But it wasn’t good enough to defeat one of the best boxers in history, who landed 92 of 201 power punches. Pacquiao ended the fight with 122 total punches landed to Bradley’s 99.
Pacquiao improves his record to 58-6-2. Bradley falls to 33-2-1, and his only two defeats have come at the hands of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao has now officially gotten the better of Bradley in their head-to-head series. Since Bradley was given a controversial split decision victory in 2012, Pacquiao has won two fights against Bradley by unanimous decision.
In the post-fight interview, Pacquiao confirmed that he doesn’t plan to fight again in the future. Bradley was unsure about his future plans.
Tony Weeks was the referee. The judges were Steve Weisfeld of New York, Dave Moretti of Las Vegas and Burt Clements of Reno. None of them judged the first two fights.
Here is how International Business Times scored the Pacquiao-Bradley fight:
Not much action in the round with each boxer landing single-digits in punches. But Bradley was more active and gets the round as a result.
Pacquiao used his quickness to land a few shots to the body of Bradley in the first minute. Pacquiao landed a few good lefts in the final minute, as well as forcing Bradley to miss multiple attempts at his head.
Pacquiao continues to block Bradley’s attempted head shots, as well as making him completely miss on other attempts. But it was a round that could go either way, and Bradley was more active once again.
This was Pacquiao’s best round thus far. He landed some good shots to the head, inflicting more damage than either boxer has all night. Bradley landed a big shot in the final seconds, but it wasn’t enough.
This was the most entertaining round of the night as the boxers traded punches. Bradley was getting the better of Pacquiao to start, but PacMan took control in the final minute. He landed good shots to the head, shaking up Bradley before the bell rang.
There wasn’t much action, and Pacquiao did the most damage with a flurry with about 80 seconds remaining. The left hand has been working for Pacquiao, and his defense continues to be strong.
There’s the first knockdown of the night. Bradley’s gloves hit the canvas after taking a right hook to the chin towards the end of the round.
This was easily Bradley’s best round. He landed a flurry of punches with about 45 seconds remaining, using his left hook. He definitely had Pacquiao hurting and needed a round like that.
Bradley came out firing in the first few seconds, trying to continue his onslaught from the last round. But he couldn’t keep it going, and a left hook to Bradley’s face sent him to the canvas once again. Another knockdown for Pacquiao means Bradley probably needs a knockout for the win.
Pacquiao’s quickness continues to be a problem for Bradley. It was a close round, but Pacquiao landed a few shots to the head that stood out and gave him the round.
Bradley gets the round, but he didn’t land many big shots. He’ll need one big punch in the 12th if he wants to win this rubber match.
Bradley made a few attempts at landing a knockout blow, but he was unsuccessful. Pacquiao wasn’t very aggressive, but he won the round by hitting a late flurry as Bradley couldn’t land the one big punch he was looking for.
Our Final Score
Pacquiao wins on our scorecard, 116-110
Pacquiao wins by unanimous decision: 116-110, 116-110, 116-110