Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley in their third encounter (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)
By Chris Robinson
On Saturday, April 9, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao produced a commanding victory in defeating Tim Bradley in their trilogy matchup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao (57-8-2, 38 KO’s) dropped Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s) twice in the second half of the fight and may indeed be retiring after this victory.
Catching up with former junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes, he knew what to expect.
“I wasn’t surprised,” said Forbes of Pacquiao’s victory. “I thought he beat him the first two times.”
Forbes also believes Pacquiao should continue fighting, despite insisting that he is done with the sport.
“With that performance, I think he should,” said Forbes. “But I understand if he doesn’t have the confidence or that he wants to continue. I don’t know how much more he can accomplish.”
If Pacquiao is to continue, many people would love to see him have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather. This past May, Mayweather handed Pacquiao his eighth loss via unanimous decision.
Forbes knows each man well, having sparred with each man in separate training camps, and always gave Floyd the edge in such a matchup.
“I always knew that he would beat Pacquaio,” said Forbes. “There’s other fighters. Than there’s really good fighters. Then there’s the elite fighter above them. Floyd is the elite fighter above even the good fighters.”
Check below for more from Forbes, including his thoughts on Adrien Broner calling out Mayweather.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com