Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)
By Chris Robinson
Moments ago, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao captued a clear unanimous decision victory against friendly rival Tim Bradley.
Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) started cautiously against Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s), as the two men appeared to trade the early rounds. Pacquiao’s class began to show in the middle rounds, as he began picking Bradley off with sharp counters.
Knockdowns in round seven and nine were registered for Pacquiao, as he caught Bradley on the inside. The second knockdown, off of a short, crisp counter left hook, was a little more definitive and left the crowd in applause.
Following the 12th and final round, it was clear who the victor was. Scores of 116-110 across the board were read in favor of Pacquiao, who may or may not be retiring following rumors of his final ring appearance.
Afterwards, when speaking to HBO’s Max Kellerman, it was Bradley who hinted that he may be eyeing a retirement sooner than later.
“He’s just a special guy,” Bradley said of Pacquao. “Very fast, explosive. I can still fight [though]. I need to decide if I want to [keep fighting].”
Stay tuned for more updates.
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