PACQUIAO GETS BACK AT BRADLEY, WINS DECISION

Manny Pacquiao did not get the knockout he badly needs. But he got the decision this time.Pacquiao outpointed a game Timothy Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title before a packed crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday. Judges Michael Pernick and Craig Metcalfe scored the fight 116-112 for Pacquiao while the third judge, Glen Throwbridge, had it 118-110 for the Filipino, who avenged his controversial defeat to Bradley two years ago. Philstar.com likewise had Pacquiao winning 117-111. Pacquiao, who earlier vowed to revert to his old, explosive form against Bradley this time, tried hard to dispose of the undefeated American in the late rounds. But Bradley proved to be a tough customer, even engaging Pacquiao in the early parts of the fight. Both fighters started the fight with some exchanges, eager to get a decisive result contrary to their first encounter, where Bradley escaped with a disputed decision. On Sunday, Bradley also had his moments, rocking Pacquiao with a booming overhand right in the fourth round. But the fighting congressman would regain control of the bout in the later rounds as he pressed the action against Bradley, who appeared spent and on wobbly legs. “He hurt me with a solid right hook in round 4, but I listened to my trainer Freddie Roach, worked on my timing and just countered him,” Pacquiao explained in a post-fight interview. “I had to throw a lot of punches because he's doing the same,” he added. Bradley, who in the build-up to the rematch questioned Pacquiao’s lack of hunger and killer instinct, finally acknowledged Pacquiao’s superiority over him on Sunday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Punch stats: Bradley busier, but Pacquiao more accurate

Manny Pacquiao might have thrown fewer punches than Timothy Bradley, but he was the more accurate fighter. Pacquiao, who outpointed Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, showcased his punching accuracy, connecting on 198 of the 563 total blows he threw. Bradley, in contrast, landed only 141 of the 627 punches he unleashed. According to Compubox, which tallied the total number of punches thrown in Sunday’s fight, Pacquiao connected at a rate of 35 percent, better than Bradley’s 22 percent. The fighting congressman also led Bradley in the power punch department, with 148 of his 344 power blows finding their target for a 43 percent connect rate. Bradley, for his part, landed only 109 of his 340 power punches. Pacquiao earned the nod of the judges, two of whom scored the fight 116-112 in his favor. The other judge had him comfortably winning 118-110. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao gets his revenge, dispatches Bradley for WBO title

It took two years, but Manny Pacquiao can finally say he has defeated Timothy Bradley Jr. The Sarangani congressman, who lost the first time the two met in a controversial split decision, took down the previously-undefeated American by unanimous decision, 118-110, 116-112, 116-112, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), in their WBO welterweight title bout held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, also the site of their first bout. The Filipino ring icon improved to 56-5 with two drawn and 38 wins inside the distance as he regained the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title he lost to Bradley on June 9, 2012. Although he couldn't get his first knockout win since 2009, Pacquiao lived up to his pre-fight promise to come out with more aggression, denying Bradley's avowed aim of sending him into retirement with another defeat. "I think I can go another two years," said Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions. "I'm so happy to be world champion again. Tim Bradley was not an easy fight." Bradley, who said he fought from the first round with a right calf injury, fell to 31-1, with 12 knockouts. "Life goes on," Bradley said of his first pro defeat. "It's back to the gym. Not a big deal." Judge Glen Trowbridge scored the bout 118-110 for Pacquiao, while both Michael Pernick and Canada's Craig Metcalf saw it 116-112 for the 'Pacman,' whose every move was cheered by the star-studded crowd of 15,601 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

ALSO: Pacquiao victory greeted with joy in Philippines

The Philippines united in celebration on Sunday as its boxing hero Manny Pacquiao cemented his comeback by avenging his 2012 loss to American Timothy Bradley to regain the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title. Crowds watching the fight, which was broadcast live from Las Vegas in several parks, squares and public stadiums around the archipelago, erupted in cheers as Pacquiao was declared winner in a unanimous 12-round decision. "The people of the nation are united in cheering on the victory of the nation's fist, Congressman Manny Pacquiao. He is the symbol of the excellence of the Filipino in all endeavours," said President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma shortly after the victory.
He said Pacquiao's latest victory was symbolic of the way Filipinos can recover from the worst disasters, an apparent reference to Super Typhoon Haiyan and the earthquake that struck the country last year, killing thousands. Street sweeper Fernando Baque 52, one of the thousands who watched the fight on a giant screen in a park in suburban Manila, said: "I was happy to see him win. He can still take it. He isn't that old. He really controlled the fight. His punches really rocked Bradley. "He shouldn't retire yet. The country still needs him," he told AFP. READ MORE...

ALSO: Jessica sings PH anthem at Pacquiao-Bradley rematch

Jessica Sanchez sings the Philippine National Anthem before the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Timothy Bradley of the U.S. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters. Jessica Sanchez sang the Philippine national anthem ahead of the much-anticipated rematch of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila). Sanchez, who is half-Filipino and half-Mexican but was born and raised in the United States, sang “Lupang Hinirang” the traditional way before a huge crowd of boxing fans from around the world who came to watch the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Sanchez was wearing a long red gown created by Kenneth Barlis. In an earlier interview with ABS-CBN News, Sanchez said she is honored that the Filipino boxer personally chose her to sing. “I love Manny and I love singing for him. This time I want to see him win. Every time I sing the Philippine national anthem, I just feel so proud. It makes me feel even more like a true Filipino so I'm very proud to sing it for the Manny Pacquiao fight again,” she said.


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Pacquiao gets back at Bradley, wins decision


Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, throws a right at the head of Timothy Bradley during the WBO welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

MANILA, APRIL 14, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Dino Maragay - Manny Pacquiao did not get the knockout he badly needs. But he got the decision this time.

Pacquiao outpointed a game Timothy Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title before a packed crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Judges Michael Pernick and Craig Metcalfe scored the fight 116-112 for Pacquiao while the third judge, Glen Throwbridge, had it 118-110 for the Filipino, who avenged his controversial defeat to Bradley two years ago. Philstar.com likewise had Pacquiao winning 117-111.

Pacquiao, who earlier vowed to revert to his old, explosive form against Bradley this time, tried hard to dispose of the undefeated American in the late rounds. But Bradley proved to be a tough customer, even engaging Pacquiao in the early parts of the fight.

Both fighters started the fight with some exchanges, eager to get a decisive result contrary to their first encounter, where Bradley escaped with a disputed decision.

On Sunday, Bradley also had his moments, rocking Pacquiao with a booming overhand right in the fourth round. But the fighting congressman would regain control of the bout in the later rounds as he pressed the action against Bradley, who appeared spent and on wobbly legs.

“He hurt me with a solid right hook in round 4, but I listened to my trainer Freddie Roach, worked on my timing and just countered him,” Pacquiao explained in a post-fight interview.

“I had to throw a lot of punches because he's doing the same,” he added.

Bradley, who in the build-up to the rematch questioned Pacquiao’s lack of hunger and killer instinct, finally acknowledged Pacquiao’s superiority over him on Sunday.

“He’s [Pacquiao] the better fighter than me today,” said Bradley.

Bradley started the fight strong by tagging Pacquiao with some right hands to the head and body. The American, unexpectedly, stood in front of Pacquiao for most of the fight and didn't back down until the later rounds.

Pacquiao began to gain steam in the middle rounds and let his hands go, at one point forcing Bradley to the ropes. By round eight, Bradley appeared to be tired and was contented to showboat, enabling Pacquiao to pocket the rounds with flurries.

Bradley later attributed his struggle to an injured calf, and his trainer Joel Diaz claimed his fighter was in pain in-between rounds.

Despite the convincing win, Pacquiao's knockout slump continues. The last opponent he stopped was Miguel Cotto in 2009, and on Sunday, Pacquiao tried hard to put an end to his KO-less streak. Bradley wouldn't oblige though, and at times looked contented to just survive.

With the win, Pacquiao improved to 56-5, with 38 KOs. Bradley, meanwhile, absorbed the first loss of his career in 32 fights.

Pacquiao, who suffered a cut in the final round due to an accidental head butt, later said the victory over Bradley is a sign that his boxing career is not yet over.

"This (win) proves that my boxing journey will continue," said Pacquiao, who has been fighting professionally for almost 20 years.

Punch stats: Bradley busier, but Pacquiao more accurate By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated April 13, 2014 - 3:12pm 8 16 googleplus1 0


Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, drives Timothy Bradley into the ropes in their WBO welterweight title boxing bout Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao might have thrown fewer punches than Timothy Bradley, but he was the more accurate fighter.

Pacquiao, who outpointed Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, showcased his punching accuracy, connecting on 198 of the 563 total blows he threw.

Bradley, in contrast, landed only 141 of the 627 punches he unleashed.


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According to Compubox, which tallied the total number of punches thrown in Sunday’s fight, Pacquiao connected at a rate of 35 percent, better than Bradley’s 22 percent.

The fighting congressman also led Bradley in the power punch department, with 148 of his 344 power blows finding their target for a 43 percent connect rate. Bradley, for his part, landed only 109 of his 340 power punches.

Pacquiao earned the nod of the judges, two of whom scored the fight 116-112 in his favor. The other judge had him comfortably winning 118-110.

Bradley, to his credit, stood in front of Pacquiao in the early rounds and initiated some exchanges. But the American appeared to lose steam in the later part of the bout, allowing Pacquiao to score on flurries.

Sunday’s punch stats were consistent with the numbers from Pacquiao-Bradley 1. In that duel, Bradley was also the busier fighter, throwing 627 punches and connecting on 141 for a 22 percent rate.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, was also more accurate in landing 198 of 563 punches for a 25 percent connect rate. Though he appeared to dominate Bradley that night two years ago, he lost to Bradley in controversial fashion.

On Sunday, Pacquiao got the right result. And Bradley, no longer undefeated, agreed this time.

“He’s [Pacquiao] the better fighter than me today,” said Bradley.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Pacquiao gets his revenge, dispatches Bradley for WBO title April 13, 2014 1:13pm 5470 361 0 6070

It took two years, but Manny Pacquiao can finally say he has defeated Timothy Bradley Jr.

The Sarangani congressman, who lost the first time the two met in a controversial split decision, took down the previously-undefeated American by unanimous decision, 118-110, 116-112, 116-112, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), in their WBO welterweight title bout held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, also the site of their first bout.

[Review the round-by-round coverage here]

The Filipino ring icon improved to 56-5 with two drawn and 38 wins inside the distance as he regained the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title he lost to Bradley on June 9, 2012.

Although he couldn't get his first knockout win since 2009, Pacquiao lived up to his pre-fight promise to come out with more aggression, denying Bradley's avowed aim of sending him into retirement with another defeat.

"I think I can go another two years," said Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions. "I'm so happy to be world champion again. Tim Bradley was not an easy fight."

Bradley, who said he fought from the first round with a right calf injury, fell to 31-1, with 12 knockouts.

"Life goes on," Bradley said of his first pro defeat. "It's back to the gym. Not a big deal."

Judge Glen Trowbridge scored the bout 118-110 for Pacquiao, while both Michael Pernick and Canada's Craig Metcalf saw it 116-112 for the 'Pacman,' whose every move was cheered by the star-studded crowd of 15,601 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

After a tight first round, Pacquiao made his power felt in the second.

The third saw both fighters exchange at a furious rate, Pacquiao again landing the more damaging blows.

But Bradley shook Pacquiao in the fourth, and Pacquiao said California's "Desert Storm" was an improved fighter from the one who took a bitterly debated split decision in their first fight.

"Bradley is better from the first fight," Pacquiao said. "He hurt me on the chin. He made adjustments.

"I knew I had to do more this time than I did the last time," he added.

Although the pace slowed in the later rounds, Pacquiao put together multi-punch combinations in the seventh, and out-worked Bradley in the remaining rounds.

After throwing few punches in the 11th, a desperate Bradley swung wildly in the 12th, and Pacquiao finished the fight with a cut over his left eye from a clash of heads late in the final round.

For Pacquiao, his win opens the door to a fifth battle against Juan Manuel Marquez, should the Mexican win against Mike Alvarado on May 17, 2014 (May 18, PHL time). The Sarangani congressman though wouldn’t discuss any specifics, saying, “It depends on my promoter Bob Arum…my job is to fight in the ring any opponent.”

Back in 2012, Bradley won 115-113 115-113 113-115 despite Pacquiao looking like he dominated most of their match. Pacquiao followed that up with a shocking KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, prompting some to consider him too old to become a serious contender in the sport.

However, in this bout, Pacquiao made sure there was no room for doubt, en route to his win. - with a report from AFP / AMD, GMA News

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Pacquiao victory greeted with joy in Philippines AFP NewsAFP News – 6 hours ago


Thousands of Filipinos gather at a public park in Manila to watch Manny Pacquiao defeat Timothy Bradley on April 13, 2014

The Philippines united in celebration on Sunday as its boxing hero Manny Pacquiao cemented his comeback by avenging his 2012 loss to American Timothy Bradley to regain the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title.

Crowds watching the fight, which was broadcast live from Las Vegas in several parks, squares and public stadiums around the archipelago, erupted in cheers as Pacquiao was declared winner in a unanimous 12-round decision.

"The people of the nation are united in cheering on the victory of the nation's fist, Congressman Manny Pacquiao. He is the symbol of the excellence of the Filipino in all endeavours," said President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma shortly after the victory.

He said Pacquiao's latest victory was symbolic of the way Filipinos can recover from the worst disasters, an apparent reference to Super Typhoon Haiyan and the earthquake that struck the country last year, killing thousands.

Street sweeper Fernando Baque 52, one of the thousands who watched the fight on a giant screen in a park in suburban Manila, said: "I was happy to see him win. He can still take it. He isn't that old. He really controlled the fight. His punches really rocked Bradley.

"He shouldn't retire yet. The country still needs him," he told AFP.

Questions about whether Pacquiao had grown too old to fight surfaced after he suffered two consecutive defeats: first a decision to Bradley in June, 2012 and then a knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez in December that year.

But since then, Pacquiao has appeared to be regaining his old form, winning an overwhelming points victory over Brandon Rios to win the World Boxing Organisation international welterweight championship in Macau last November.

While he failed to knock out Bradley, his Filipino fans were not disappointed by his performance.

"I really prayed for this. He really looked strong this time. As long as his body can take it, he should keep it up," said 50-year-old carer, Elsie Vinluan.

However 72-year-old retiree, William Saraste said Pacquiao should retire after just one more fight.

"He already has enough money and he can't go on for much longer. I wish he would fight (American Floyd) Mayweather. That should be his last fight," he said.

A match between Pacquiao and Mayweather, both once considered among the best fighters of their generation, has long been hoped for but has also been repeatedly scuttled due to various conflicts.

FROM ABS-CBN

Jessica sings PH anthem at Pacquiao-Bradley rematch ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/13/2014 12:02 PM | Updated as of 04/13/2014 3:15 PM


Jessica Sanchez sings the Philippine National Anthem before the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Timothy Bradley of the U.S. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters.

Jessica Sanchez sang the Philippine national anthem ahead of the much-anticipated rematch of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila).

Sanchez, who is half-Filipino and half-Mexican but was born and raised in the United States, sang “Lupang Hinirang” the traditional way before a huge crowd of boxing fans from around the world who came to watch the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Sanchez was wearing a long red gown created by Kenneth Barlis.

In an earlier interview with ABS-CBN News, Sanchez said she is honored that the Filipino boxer personally chose her to sing.

“I love Manny and I love singing for him. This time I want to see him win. Every time I sing the Philippine national anthem, I just feel so proud. It makes me feel even more like a true Filipino so I'm very proud to sing it for the Manny Pacquiao fight again,” she said.

Sanchez, the runner-up in the 12th season of "American Idol," first performed in a Pacquiao fight during the boxer’s June 2012 match, also against Bradley Jr. She then sang the American national anthem.

Last November, Pacquiao again asked Sanchez to sing the Philippine national anthem in his match against Brandon Rios.

American singer Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas sang the American national anthem.


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