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Pacquiao vs Bradley results: Manny Pacquiao strikes back with big win over Tim Bradley

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Last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Manny Pacquiao (56-6-2, 38 KOs) regained the WBO Welterweight Championship by dominating previously undefeated title holder Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) throughout the majority of the highly anticipated twelve round contest. After dropping a highly questionable split decision to the two division world champion in 2012, the Filipino icon left no room for controversy in decisively handing the “Desert Storm” his first loss as a professional.

(Image courtesy of Chris Farina, Top Rank)


The judges at ringside scored the bout, 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112...all in favor of the winner and new WBO Welterweight Champion, Manny Pacquiao.

During the week leading into the crucial return bout, the reigning title holder stated to the media in attendance that he would indeed push for the decisive knock-out on April 12th.

“Terrible Tim” meant exactly what he said.

For the great majority of the fight, the athletic Palm Springs resident uncharacteristically loaded up on every punch and seemed to be exclusively interested in setting up the “Coup de Grace”, rather than customarily putting his punches together in combination and working consistently through every round.

The plan seemed to garner the respect and attention of the eight division world champion, but did very little in convincing the judges at ringside that he deserved the win the contest.

At the opening bell, Bradley displayed his craft in boxing Manny while attempting to set traps for his hard punching, 35 year old opponent. Both men used their footwork as the foundation of their defense and cautiously moved in and out of range without committing to any serious offensive assault.

But in the fourth round, the tone of the fight changed when Tim cracked the fleet footed Filipino with a perfectly timed right hook that drove Pacquiao across the ring. After the successful punch landed, Bradley immediately changed gears and transformed into the ineffective aggressor.

From that point forward, a once competitive contest became the “Manny Pacquiao” show.

The “Pacman” appeared to thrive off of his opponent’s aggression, and used his brilliant footwork to spin around Bradley after firing quick combinations. Despite landing several hard blows the body and head of Pacquiao throughout the rest of the fight, Tim’s clean effective punches were too few and far in between to carry the rounds in the minds of the judges.

Round after round, Manny adopted the role as ring general and seemingly had his way with the strong and athletic reigning champion, consistently turning his opponent and punishing him upon forcing Bradley out of position.

Although the rematch was much more entertaining than the first meeting between the two pound for pound fighters, largely due to the drama created by the aggression and power behind Tim’s attack, there was no question that Manny Pacquiao had convincingly won the long awaited return bout and finally got back in the win column when faced with a perceived elite level fighter.

After being declared the winner by ring announcer Michael Buffer, the new WBO champ talked about facing a much harder punching version of Tim Bradley.

“Bradley tried to knock me out, and I tried to knock him out,” claims Manny Pacquiao. “There were times when he hit me with a good right hook and left hook, but that’s okay.”

“The Bradley that I fought two years ago was very different. Now he’s improved a lot. He really showed his toughness. We saw that in his last two fights with Marquez and Ruslan. Many times I hit him hard, but he was still there.”

The Filipino rockstar also informed the media in attendance that he felt that he could fight for another two more years.

Manny’s promoter has already spoken of pitting him in the ring with the winner of the upcoming May 17th bout between longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez and former Junior Welterweight title holder Mike Alvarado later this year.

Depending on the outcome, fight fans could be looking forward to a monumental fifth bout between Manny and JMM in 2014.
 
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