Manny Pacquiao has to settle to an action-packed unanimous-decision victory when he failed to stop Timothy Bradley with quick combinations during their WBO welterweight title Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a matter of 12 rounds, Pacquiao has gone from a man many doubted could still produce on a world-class level to a man who reestablished himself as one of the two best fighters in the world.
Saying he didn’t want to get careless, the older Pacquiao showed his hands and footwork skills are still deadly, but the eight-division world champion’s power and timing weren’t good enough Even Freddie Roach admitted that his ward was a little bit slower now.
For his part, Bradley believed that his opponent’s punching power was harder in their first fight. He was gracious in defeat though, saying he lost to one of the best fighters in the world. He also praised Freddie Roach and his whole team for their fight strategy,
Pacquiao’s mostly likely ext bout is a fifth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez, who fights Mike Alvarado on May 17.
Boxing observers however said that Pacquiao’s win over Bradley has restored some relevance to a potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.