No controversy as Pacquiao defeats Bradley….again
Manny Pacquiao regained the WBO welterweight title with a comprehensive victory over Timothy Bradley as the two fighters mixed it up for another twelve rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Filipino legend looked every inch back to his best as he danced around the ring frustrating the American champion, claiming nine rounds on my scorecard to claim an eleventh recognised belt.
With the first round being even, 35 year-old Pacquiao hit his stride in the second and third, although the pace of the three opening rounds saw Bradley take the fourth and fifth to keep in touch.
From the sixth round on though Bradley seemed to adopt some questionable tactics, including allowing Pacquiao to hit him whilst he laid on the ropes and swinging wilding with his shots wasting energy.
The second half of the contest was all Pacquiao as the Congressman wowed the adoring crowd to pick up a points win without any hint of a robbery. The scorecards came back with right result this time around, if two of them were a little close for my liking, as Pacquiao claimed a 118-110, 116-112 (twice) triumph to cement his place as pound for pound number two.
All eye will now shift to the Juan Manual Marquez v Mike Alvarado clash next month as Bob Arum exclusively told WBN last month that Pacquiao has an agreement in place to meet the winner in November.
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