One of the biggest upsets in 2012 was the enforced surrendering of Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight title to Timothy Bradley by split decision – the judging of the fight has been a subject of controversy and so now the Filipino, 35, has a shot at redemption, to right the initial wrong, while the American battles for respect and to gain a legitimate victory. The #PacBradley rematch took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 12.
WBO welterweight world title challenger Manny Pacquiao comfortably weighed in under the contracted 147-pound limit earlier today, Friday, at 145lbs, while defending titlist Timothy Bradley came in at 145.5lbs. The two elite boxers trade shots at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday evening, yet, judging from the photographs below, Bradley could not be more ripped if he tried while Pacquiao does not look as good as he has in previous outings. Will it matter on fight night, we’ll have to wait to find out!
A pugilistic lock to be immortalised at Canastota when the Hall-of-Fame comes calling, Mexican veteran Juan Manuel Marquez, 40, has fought both Timothy Bradley (lost on points) and Manny Pacquiao four times (1-1-2, 1ko) and understands the strengths and weaknesses of both men. Here, he breaks down the keys to victory…
London’s boxing experts are almost unanimous in their predictions. When multi-division titlist Manny Pacquiao, 35, challenges undefeated American Timothy Bradley, 30, for the WBO welterweight championship incumbency on Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena there will be one clear winner…
WBO welterweight world title challenger Manny Pacquiao has not scored a knockout victory in five years but has been implored by trainer Freddie Roach to do so when he takes on Timothy Bradley on Saturday, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Filipino phenom, though, insists he will not rush the job and that he will put into practice a lesson learned from his shock knockout loss to career nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
Multi-division world titlist Manny Pacquiao, 35, can add another glorious chapter to his book of elite-level pugilistic life on April 12 as the Filipino phenom has the chance to reclaim the WBO welterweight belt when he rematches Timothy Bradley, who edged – or was gifted, depending on your viewpoint – a decision win two years ago. PacMan arrives at the scene of their fight – the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – on Tuesday, but is he ready?
Oh boy, things have heated up. Put a microphone in front of Manny Pacquiao and he cannot and will not trash-talk – it’s to his credit. Like Wladimir Klitschko, Pacquiao is an ambassador in a sport that is increasingly flawed and pushes away fans due to fights not being made, inept refereeing, worse scoring and so forth. But the Filipino’s April 12, Las Vegas opponent, Timothy Bradley has become the mouth-piece for this welterweight title showdown.
Welterweight swarmer Manny Pacquiao, 35, is determined to shake-up the 147lb title picture by reclaiming the belt he once wore around his waist, now strapped to the man who decisioned him somewhat contentiously in June, 2012; Timothy Bradley. The Filipino legend even told the American he has only one way to win…
Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
New WBO welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley, who outpointed former ruler Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 9, has indicated his victory was vindicated by his ability to “control the action with [his] jab”. Bradley received a majority decision courtesy of two scores of 115-113 overturning a 113-115 but faced immediate fan backlash following the official announcement of his tight triumph.
“It was a good, competitive fight,” said Bradley (29-0-0, 12ko) to HBO, inside the ring, after the official announcement of his shock win. “Every round was pretty close,” he added as a chorus of jeers could still be heard from the pro-Pacquiao crowd in Nevada. “I controlled the action with my jab, I gotta go home, review the tape and see if I really won the fight or not. He’s a strong puncher, he rocked me a couple times but I withstood it.”
During the promotion for the match-up, Bradley attracted headlines when he posed for photographs with a mock poster that indicated a rematch was set for November 10. That publicity stunt turned out to be a prophecy as Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38ko) will no doubt be eager to avenge his defeat, something Bradley is also keen on: “On November 10 we can do a rematch.”
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Boxing has undergone many damaging decisions in recent years that stunk of either incompetency or worse… corruption. From Erislandy Lara’s loss to Paul Williams and Richard Abril’s recent defeat to Brandon Rios to the current; a June 9 duel at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where Timothy Bradley‘s points victory over Manny Pacquiao will only be official in the record books as the latter threw more shots, landed more often and bossed the contest.
Official verdict: Bradley via majority decision (115-113, 113-115, 115-113).
Transformations… both of a personal and physical nature, were cited to be potential problems for Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38ko) going into the Bradley (29-0-0, 12ko) contest as his relationship with his God tightened and his age continued to increase. For the first two and a half minutes of the first round it appeared the criticisms of the Filipino were not unwarranted as Bradley boxed around Manny, forced the fight and could duck away from Pacquiao’s power punches. That was, until, the final 30 seconds when Pacquiao burst into action and threw three big left hands, all landing and all troubling Bradley.
It is with that late success that Manny returned to his stool with the ten score for the round and he took that confidence into the start of the second as Bradley continued to leak left hands to his face. While Bradley showed greater dimensions to his tactics – he found the body relatively easily as he tucked gloves below Pacquiao’s guard, he had good balance and showed a good boxing appreciation – it was Pacquiao who reaped success with pure power and was visibly able to knock Bradley back a step whenever he landed one of his huge lefts. That italicized word is one of the crucial factors that judges at ringside should have taken heed from when inking their scores. On that basis, the fight was Pacquiao’s.
In the second quarter of the fight, Pacquiao’s ability to land the left hand continued to either drive Bradley back, force him to tie-up or make him retreat. The American traded less and used ring movement more often, yet it was the Filipino who had the markings of a man in a fight as, at the end of the fifth, he was bleeding from the mouth.
In round six, Bradley appeared to establish an authority on the fight, but, like the opening stanza, Pacquiao rallied well in the final minute and wrested the higher score away from Timothy as he battered him into the ropes and just teed off, landing southpaw jabs, flurries and a right hook to the body. As the rounds progressed, the extra dimensions to Pacquiao’s game rose to the fore and each one proved too complex for Bradley to figure out – his defence just wasn’t built to cope.
A decline in Pacquiao’s activity occurred in round eight, yet Bradley did not offer much himself to capitalise on the lag in output to steal the round for himself. The slump in Pacquiao’s productiveness may have been fatigue… he was breathing out of his mouth and, even in round nine and he was boxing sluggishly.
In the championship rounds, Bradley was efficient, just not spectacular. He jabbed well, showed signs of counter-punching ability and boxed Pacquiao. The late bursts from Manny that won him the rounds earlier in the fight, though, had vanished and so there was more of a case to make that Bradley had turned it around – albeit far too late in the fight.
Pacquiao – who lost his WBO welterweight world championship to Bradley via a majority decision call – was the aggressor. He was the ring general. His power was the more damaging out of the two fighters. He was more accurate and he landed more often than Bradley… yet, when it came to the judges decision, there was undeniable controversy as it was the latter – the seemingly more inferior boxer – who left the ring with an outrageous majority decision victory.
Bradley had clearly been hit with the harder shots but the most damaging blow was dealt to boxing.