Pacquiao vs Bradley | Stunning Stats, Facts and TidbitsWritten by Sam Gregory
The main event on HBO's pay per view broadcast live Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas featured WBO welterweight champion and The RING's co-pound-for-pound leader Pacquiao (54-4-2 , 38 KO) who was defending his title against undefeated former WBC and WBO light welterweight champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley (29-0-1, 12 KO).
From the opening round, Pacquiao appeared to dominate. Bradley was a game fighter but most of the time he was seen back-peddling and simply trying to survive against the barrages of punches Pacquiao delivered.
In the fourth round, both fighters stood toe-to-toe, exchanging shots. Bradley appeared to get the worst of the exchanges as ringside commentators believed 'Desert Storm' was hurt.
Bradley, who was brave throughout, landed a few good solid shots to PacMan's head in the 10th. In the eyes of some, it Bradley's best round and his only winning round.
Credit to Tim Bradley, he answered the bell for every round and came out fighting. He also landed a few telling blows as evidenced by Pacquiao's bloody nose - But never appeared to hurt PacMan.
In all, Bradley fought diligently, showed a fairly good defense, didn't run from Pacquiao and often fired back when he had to. Nevertheless, Manny Pacquiao didn't appear to simply win - He looked dominant at times.
When the scores were announced for Pacquiao vs Bradley a chorus of boos rained down from the crowd. Ringside commentators and practically everyone, including perhaps Bradley and his trainer, thought that Timothy Bradley had come well short of doing enough to take Pacquiao's title. Most television observers had Bradley winning two rounds, at best.
In the end, Tim Bradley was awarded a highly controversial split decision and Manny Pacquiao's WBO Welterweight title.
Will we see Pacquiao vs Bradley II in November?
- Jerry Roth scored the bout 115-113 for Manny Pacquiao
- Robert Byrd scored it 115-113 for Tim Bradley
- Duane Ford scored the bout 115-113 for Tim Bradley
- Punches thrown/landed:
- Manny Pacquiao -731/253
- Tim Bradley- 839/159
Percentage of punches landed:
- Manny Pacquiao -34%
- Manny Bradley- 19%
Power Punches thrown/ landed
- Manny Pacquiao - 493/190
- Tim Bradley - 390/108
Pacquiao vs Bradley Pre-Fight Facts
- Manny Pacquiao was ranked FightSaga's No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, Timothy Bradley was No. 10
- Pacquaio entered as the No,1 welterweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Bradley, as the No. 1 junior welterweight in the world by the same publication.
- Tim Bradley was a 3.6/1 betting underdog
- At 147 lbs., Pacquiao was fighting at the heaviest weight of his professional career to date.
Pacquiao vs Bradley Post-Fight Facts
- The loss was Manny Pacquiao's first in 16 fights (UD March 19, 2005 - Erik Morales)
- Despite the outrage, the loss is still a scathe on Manny Pacquiao's record. Publications who had previously rankled PacMan as its No. 1 fighter may bump him down to No. 2 or make Floyd Mayweather its co-pound-for-pound king.
- Pacquiao's loss and Bradley's ascension will likely change the alter the bargaining and marketing power of both fighters.
- Pacquiao has a rematch clause in the Pacquiao vs Bradley; If exercised,Pacquiao vs Bradley II will be held on November 10th of this year.
- Given Pacquiao's less-than-spectacular performance against Marquez in November and his loss Saturday, Mayweather vs Pacquiao may be one step closer as Team Pacquiao may relent on their demand for a 50/50 purse share
- Tim Bradley's name and stock rises, despite the controversial win.
I'm very happy for Tim because he's a great guy and a great fighter, but this decision is very bad for boxing. How can you explain what happened tonight to anybody." - Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum
"It's either corruption or incompetence. There'll be a rematch. It speaks to the corruption of the sport. The criminals will be rewarded" - ESPN's Teddy Atlas
HBO's Jim Lampley referred to it as the "worst scoring he has every seen."
"Okay well maybe not worse than my draw with Holyfield but still bad nonetheless." - Former Heavyweight Champion, Lennox Lewis
"Bradley by split decision. I am shocked. I don't even know what to say. That was absolutely horrible" - ESPN's Dan Rafael
- Manny Pacquiao $26 Mil USD (estimated)
- Tim Bradley $5 Mil USD (guaranteed)
- Joseph Herron, FightSaga: 118-110 Pacquiao (Click for Round by Round analysis)
- Leroy Cleveland, FightSaga 119-109 Pacquiao
- Harold Lederman, HBO: 119-109 Pacquiao
- Dan Rafael, ESPN: 119-109 Pacquiao
- Barry Tompkins, Showtime: 119-110 Pacquiao
- Fox Sports: 119-109 Pacquiao
- Doug Fischer, Ring Magazine: 117-111 Pacquiao
- Scott Christ, BadLeftHook.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
- Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports: 117-111 Pacquiao
- Ron Borges, Boston Herald: 117-111 Pacquiao
- Nigel Collins, Espn.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
- Michael Marley, Boxing Confidential.com/Examiner.com: 119-109 Pacquiao
- Ricky Hatton: 116-112 Pacquiao
- Danny Flexen, Boxing News: 115-113 Bradley
- Cameron Sharpe, Boxing Fancast: 115-115 Draw
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.