The Manny Pacquiao naysayers have been coming out since last night after the weigh-ins. Bradley looked in excellent shape like he always does, and Pacquiao was heavier than normal and maybe not as cut as he usually is. The question is, can a B Manny Pacquiao beat an A+ Bradley. Because if you believe that to be the case, Bradley still has little chance to win this fight unless he’s at his very best.
But if you read our preview, you’ll see that most have it being a close fight and even Mark Ortega picked Bradley to win a decision. So at least, most of us think it’s going to be a close fight. And word just came out that Pacquiao was stretching his calves, which has caused a delay in the start of the show. He started stretching them late because of was watching the Eastern Conference finals. Yep, we’re on Manny time.
After what seemed like years, they’re both in the ring. Bradley’s been waiting for a long time.
Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao
Bradley looked great for all of about 30 seconds of that round. He was throwing a counter hook to Manny’s lunges. But Manny landed three straight rights that were the best shots of the round late. Manny’s round.
Closer round. Bradley is throwing some nice combinations but he’s not sitting on his right hand. Pacquiao still landed the more impressive shots. If you gave the round to Bradley, I wouldn’t blink. But based on the power, I’d give it Manny.
More of the same from Pacquiao. He’s able to land the left hand at will. Bradley’s now looking for it and off-balanced because doesn’t want to get hit.
There was quite the discernible skill difference in that round. Manny had Bradley running around in circles. Based on the fourth round, Bradley doesn’t look to be in his league.
Bradley had a decent round, but it was yet another left hand that rocked Bradley and he looked like he was out on his feet. Give credit to Bradley for hanging in there, but this may not end well.
Maybe Bradley’s best round, but Pacquiao stole it again near the end. Bradley needs to be able to stay away late in the rounds or else Pacquiao’s going to shut him out.
Pacquiao demolished him. You have to start to wonder if Manny’s going to put him on the floor. Bradley is getting hit flush way too much.
Not much of a round. If Bradley could just put his punches together rather than constantly having to defend himself, maybe he could win a round here. Then again, the reason he can’t keep punching is because Manny’s walking through all of his.
Maybe Bradley’s best round. Both guys are pretty tired. But again, Pac’s punches had much more power on them. Bradley landed well that round.
I can give this round to Bradley without much hesitation. Neither guy did much, but Bradley was able to breath more because Manny didn’t really press him.
I’ll give Bradley that round as well. Again, not much happened, but Manny’s not pressing him anymore. He’s content with winning this thing clearly, even if he doesn’t knock him out.
Kind of a blah way to end this fight. I have Bradley closely winning the last three rounds. But it was a clear victory for Manny. Actually, kind of a no sweat victory for Manny. Bradley fought with guts, but he just didn’t have the punching power.
Winner: Timothy Bradley by split decision
The scores were 115-113, 115-113, 115-113 with two of those cards for Bradley.
This is one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen. Manny cake-walked him. Absolutely cake-walked him.