Pacquiao Defeats Bradley By UD To Regain WBO Belt
LAS VEGAS, NV –
Saturday night at the MGM Grand, in front of a packed pro-Pacquiao crowd, Manny Pacquiao regained some of the fire of the past to defeat Tim Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title belt.
A fight many predicted Pacquiao to lose.
The build up leading to this fight was nothing that sent the masses into a frenzy but most fans managed a healthy dose of interest. After all, the ending of their first meeting resulted in one of the most contested endings in history. Now, two years later, the competitors walk completely different paths since their first meeting. Since then Bradley survived a war with Ruslan Provodnikov and defeated Pacquiao’s former foe Juan Manuel Marquez easily. Pacquiao, on the other hand, was left planking for the first time in his career by said foe and cruised to an easy victory against a fighter he was fully expected to beat easily. This time, there could be no controversy, no doubt in the outcome.
Bradley opened strong going to work on the body while Pacquiao matched with his own blows to the head and body. With the feeling out process complete, Pacquiao controlled action for the next two rounds while Bradley resorted to head hunting tactics that appeared to deplete his energy. Connecting with heavy blows in the forth, Bradley appeared to be back in the fight but once again found himself dominated and left off balance by Pacquiao’s hand speed. Displaying more bravado than usual, Bradley dropped his hands in the sixth round and invited Pacquiao to come in for more and that’s exactly what Pacquiao did. Dishing out a barrage of combinations, Bradley took them without fading but displayed obvious signs of fatigue and wear. Responding with wild, windmill like punches propped up on legs that took on a leaden type appearance, Bradley looked completely out of sorts and taken out of his game plan. In the final two rounds, Bradley attempted a surge by once again throwing heavy leather and managed to connect with no real frequency. Although Pacquiao appeared to feel the punches, he made it to the final bell making Bradley’s last stand too little too late.
The result: Pacquaio’s hand raised to become the new WBO welterweight champion with final scores: 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. The right decision from the judges over a Bradley that fought contrary to what we are used to seeing. Nothing about his performance resembled what we’ve seen under Joel Diaz’s careful guidance over the years.
BadCulture scored the bout: 115 -113 for Pacquiao.
“I knew I had to do more in this fight than I did in the last fight,” said Pacquiao after the win. “I think I can fight for two more years. I’m so happy to be world champion again. Tim Bradley was not an easy fight.
When asked about his future plans and opponents, namely a fifth fight agains long time rival Juan Manuel Marquez Pacquiao responded,
I have no problem with fighting Marquez again, but that’s up to my promoter, Bob Arum”
In undercard action, Bryan Vasquez defeated Jose Felix Jr by unanimous decision. Jessie Vargas defeated Khabib Allakhverdiev by eye brow raising margin. And Ray Beltran defeated Arash Usmanee by a 12-round unanimous decision.