Pacquiao wins the rubber match
The third chapter of the Manny Pacquiao/Timothy Bradley trilogy played out in front of 14,665 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena with Pacquiao earning a dominant, one sided decision by the scores of 116-110 across all judges’ scorecards.
Pacquiao, (58-6-2, 38KO) rode two knockdowns in the seventh and ninth rounds en route to routing Bradley to win the series 2-1, with most observers actually nodding in the Pac Man’s favor at 3-0 as their first encounter was a highly controversial split decision in Bradley’s favor in June 2012.
The win puts Pacquiao back in the win column following the highest grossing bout in boxing history in the same building when he faced and was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in May 2015 after 12 mostly lackluster rounds.
Both fighters faced questions of retirement following the bout.
In his in-ring interview, Pacquiao was coy yet mostly on the side of retiring following this bout in what has been an illustrious, first-ballot Hall of Fame career.
“”I have a commitment to my family that I am going to retire after this bout. I don’t know. Maybe I will enjoy being a retired man and helping the people (of the Phillippines),” said Pacquiao, who out-landed Bradley 122-99 in total connects and boasted a higher power punch connect rating at 45% to Bradley’s 33%.
For Bradley, (33-2-1, 13KO) this marks the second loss in his accomplished career, with his only two defeats coming from Pacquiao in April 2014 and tonight.
“He’s just very quick and very explosive and (has) great reflexes and it is hard to defend. Congrats to Manny.”
Bradley seemed the fighter seeking to continue his career after a break away from the ring.
“I just have to go back to the drawing board and talk to my wife [manager Monica Bradley] and see what’s next or if I’ll come back. It all depends. I can still fight, I can still fight. I was in there with a special man in Manny Pacquiao.”
“As far as I know, Pacquiao has retired from fighting. Until I hear anything else, that’s what I know,” said Top Rank promoter Bob Arum of Pacquiao’s much reported retirement after April 9, 2016.
Bradley was very gracious in defeat and noted that Pacquiao was the smarter man in the ring. Bradley noted that Pacquiao was always in the right spot at the right time.
“Came up short tonight, Pacquaio was very solid… Freddie Roach came up with a strong game plan.”
The Palm Springs native ranked Pacquaio as the best fighter he has ever faced and is going to take a vacation in his new beach house in San Diego, California.
“Man I’m not done… I got beat by a legend… this is not going to stop me.”
About Raymundo Dioses
A life-long fan with a former boxer's namesake. Professional boxing writer on the beat since 2007.
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