Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley in their rubbermatch on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The fight showed that both fighters proved the doubters wrong when they suggested this was a fight between two slowed down, war torn fighters. Both fighters were explosive, light on their feet, and fought a technical fight with moments of excitement.
It was clear that both Bradley and Pacquiao were looking to set up power shot counter punches, lots of feints and timing and looking to set traps by both. Bradley fought a more disciplined and cautious fight while Pacquiao coming off shoulder surgery and a loss to Floyd Mayweather fought like something to prove constantly walking down his rival.
The biggest moments in the fight came when Pacquiao scored an off balance knockdown of Bradley at the end of round seven, and a legit knockdown in round nine that Bradley acknowledged in his post fight interview. The final round Bradley tried to exchanged blows with Pacquiao and got trapped in the ropes and hurt but was saved by the bell.
All three judges at ringside scored the bout 116-110 in favor of Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao brought up retirement in his post fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, when asked if he would fight again naming Canelo and Mayweather as possible opponents. Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum feel that Pacquiao should fight on and after his performance tonight he showed fans he still has the speed and stamina to fight on at 37 years old. It’s up to Manny to decide if he wants to retire and focus on his political career in the Philippines or to continue on for one last big fight or two.