According to an April 13, 2014, ESPN report, (56-5-2, 38 KOs) Manny Pacquiao regained his WBO welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over (31-1, 12 KOs) Timothy Bradley by a final score of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. A sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., was treated to a great championship fight, and here are the full fight video highlights results of the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 rematch (courtesy of ESPN).
After much talk and build-up, both boxers certainly kept their promises, as “Desert Storm” was constantly looking for the knockout, while “Pacman” stayed aggressive and busy throwing punches in bunches as the fight wore on. CompuBox (punch stats) numbers show that Pacquiao landed 35 percent (198-out-of-563) of his shots to Bradley’s 22 percent (141-out-of-627), but for a moment, the crowd held its collective breath as Michael Buffer announced the judges’ decision.
I was trying to finish him a couple of times,” said the former pound-for-pound king during his post-fight press conference. “[I was] throwing a lot of punches, like I said, hitting him with solid punches and throwing a lot of solid punches to him. But, he managed it. We couldn’t underestimate Bradley because he’s very tough.”
While many observers believe that last night’s bout resembled their first encounter, the betting underdog certainly appeared to be much more emotionally invested in finishing the fight, especially in the later rounds. In fact, one can certainly make the argument that, from a strategic standpoint, Bradley was at his best in the first round, when he utilized his jab to set up his power punches.
However, in his desperate attempts to counter-punch Pacquiao in a similar fashion as Juan Manuel Marquez did, the fight slowly got away from Bradley and his camp. Midway through the bout, the Filipino got into a groove, found his rhythm and timing and started dominating the exchanges on his way to another extraordinary performance.
Pacquiao was the better man tonight,” Bradley, gracious in defeat, said after the bout. “He showed what he’s made of, the dude still has it. The reason why I love Pacquiao so much is because he never ducks an opponent. He’s always willing to face the best and he faced one of the best tonight. They came out on top so many Pacquiao is a true champion, unbelievable fighter and I have much respect for him and his team.”
What’s next for Manny Pacquiao? After consecutive victories over Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley, there’s no question the 35-year-old Congressman is slowly climbing back into the Floyd Mayweather’s sweepstakes.
Having that said, it’s going to be interesting to see if Pacquiao’s team and Top Rank decide to fight the winner of the May 17 title-eliminator between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado.
I have no problem with fighting Marquez again, but that’s up to my promoter, Bob Arum,” Pacquiao added. “I think I can fight for two more years. I am so happy to be a world champion again.”