Manny Pacquiao won a unanimous decision and got revenge in his rematch with Timothy Bradley on Sunday (Saturday in US), avenging his 2012 controversial loss and claiming the WBO welterweight title.
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In a hard-fought twelve round, Pacquiao did not disappoint the crowd in a dominating victory over previously undefeated Bradley. Pacquiao (56-5-2) outworked Bradley (31-1) in almost every round.
The three ringside judges unanimously scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao. Judges Craig Metcalfe and Michael Pernick scored the rematch 116-112, while Glenn Trowbridge 118-110 for Pacquiao.
“I knew I had to do more in this fight than I did in the last fight,” Pacquiao said.
The unanimous decision for Pacquiao avenged his June 2012 controversial twelve round split decision defeat to Bradley despite almost all boxing observers believing that Pacquiao won the fight.
Bradley said he had no excuses for losing in the rematch in the same arena where they met nearly two years ago, MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas, Nevada.
“You won the fight, you deserved the win,” Bradley said. “I have no excuses.”
“I tried, I really tried,” he added. “I wanted that knockout. Manny is great fight, one of the best in the world. I lost to one of the greatest fighters in boxing.”
“I kept trying to throw something over the top. That’s what we worked on in camp. That was the plan, but Pacquiao has great footwork.”
Pacquiao landed 35 percent of his 563 punches. He landed jab 23 percent. Bradley connected with just 22 percent of his 627 punches and 11 percent of his jab landed.
In power punches, Pacquiao landed 148 of his 344 blows. Bradley, for his part, landed 109 of his 340 power punches.
32 stitches after head-butt
Pacquiao was forced to get 32 stitches as the result of an accidental head-butt from Bradley in the final round. The head-butt created a 2.5 centimeters x 1 centimeter cut above his left eye.
Two more years
Many claim that Pacquiao, at age of 35, had lost the fire that had made him eight-time world champion. But for Pacquiao, he thinks that he still has some time left in his boxing journey.
“I think I can go another two years,” said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao next opponent could be the dangerous Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao was knocked unconscious by Marquez in the sixth round of their fourth fight in late 2012.
Marquez is slated to fight Mike Alvarado on May 17 in a title-elimination bout. The winner will emerge as Pacquiao’s mandatory challenger for his WBO welterweight title.
“I’m ready for that,” said Pacquiao when asked if he’ll consider fighting the 40-year-old Marquez for a fifth time.
RT:"@spinph Pacquiao on a fifth fight with Marquez: "I have no problem with that." SRSLY.
— Benjo Gumboc (@BenjoOfficial) April 13, 2014