Pacquiao beats Bradley, regains WBO Welterweight crown

Manny Pacquiao regained the WBO Welterweight Championship via a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Timothy Bradley on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao (56-5, 38 KO) avenged his 2012 loss to Bradley (31-1, 12 KO) which shocked the boxing world who felt Pacquiao had clearly earned that fight. Pacquiao was an eight-division world champion on 15-fight winning streak when Bradley was awarded a split decision in their last bout.

Showing an impressive performance, Pacquiao left little doubt about the result of the rematch as he pursued and peppered Bradley with flashes of the killer instinct his foe said he no longer had. Bradley fought back with counterpunching but Pacquiao kept up his attack while Bradley struggled in the closing rounds.

Pacquiao landed 35 percent of his 563 punches, while Bradley connected with 22 percent of his 627 blows. Pacquiao’s jab also landed 23 percent to Bradley’s 11 percent. The Filipino boxing icon likewise connected with 148 power punches compared to Bradley’s 109.

Before the fight, Bradley promised that he would knock out Pacquiao . But after losing the bout, Bradley admitted that the Filipino is the better fighter and he lost to one of the greatest fighters in boxing. He added that the plan is to throw something over the top but it was thwarted by Pacquiao’s excellent footwork. He also applauded the decision when it was announced and congratulated Pacquiao in the ring.

The ring jurors all scored in favor of the Filipino congressman. Judges Craig Metcalfe and Michael Pernick both scored the rematch 116-112, while Glenn Trowbridge scored 118-110.

The true superfight left out that boxing fans want to see is Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. However the two camps seemed unable to agree on the same terms.