PACQUIAO GETS HIS REVENGE, OUTPOINTS BRADLEY

Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao outpointed Timothy Bradley Jr. over the course of 12 rounds to avenge a controversial loss and hand the American his first-ever career defeat Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila). Pacquiao, the former pound-for-pound king of boxing and eight-division world champion, made sure that there would be no doubts this time as he won a clear decision, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110, to regain the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title that he lost to the American in June 2012. “I had to do more (in this fight), it’s very different (from) the first fight,” admitted Pacquiao. “He improved a lot. He showed his toughness. I hit him with solid punches, but he’s still standing.” Bradley had controversially defeated Pacquiao when they first fought two years ago, claiming a split decision that was widely criticized by boxing analysts and fans. Most boxing experts expected the rematch to be a toss-up, however, as Bradley had shown great improvement since the 2012 showdown, while the 35-year-old Pacquiao was no longer at his physical prime. But after a scary moment in the fourth round when Pacquiao was rocked by a Bradley right hand, the “Pacman” seized control of the bout, using his footwork, skills and punching power to outwork Bradley most of the second half of the 12-rounder. “He’s the better fighter tonight,” conceded Bradley, who lost for the first time in 32 fights and revealed that he fought from the first round on with a right calf injury. “That’s what it is.”

ALSO: Bradley suffered calf injury in round 1

American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. suffered a calf injury in the very first round of his WBO welterweight showdown against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao , severely limiting his mobility especially in the later rounds. Bradley, who was defending his belt for the third time, was clearly game in the first half of the fight and willingly got into exchanges with Pacquiao, but the tide turned in the Filipino’s favor in the seventh round. Pacquiao became the busier fighter, repeatedly pushing Bradley against the ropes and unloading several punches, while the American was left to swing wildly. After the fight, Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz, revealed that his boxer suffered an injury as early as the first round. “After the first round, Tim came back to the corner and said, ‘I think I tore my right calf.’ I began to massage it,” said Diaz, as quoted by ESPN.com. “He was in a lot of pain from that point on, and I didn’t have much to work with.” Bradley went on to lose a unanimous decision, with judges scoring the bout 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110 in favor of Pacquiao. Bradley’s best round came in the fourth, when he visibly rocked the “Pacman” with a right hand. Pacquiao took control of the fight in the following rounds, however, dominating the seventh round when he unleashed a flurry of punches with Bradley pinned against the ropes. “I tried, I really tried,” Bradley said. “I wanted that knockout. Manny is a great fighter, one of the best in the world. I lost to one of the greatest fighters in boxing.” Bradley’s record dropped to 31-1, while Pacquiao improved to 56-5-2.

ALSO: Pacquiao earns over $100K per punch vs Bradley

It was another huge payday for Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao after his dominant performance against Timothy Bradley this Sunday. Not only did Pacquiao reclaim his WBO welterweight title from Bradley, he also gets guaranteed earning of $20 million. This means, he earned over $100,000 per punch that he landed against the erstwhile unbeaten Bradley. To be exact, he got $101,010 for each of the 198 punches he connected against the Indio, California native. According to Compubox, Pacquiao had a punch efficiency of 35% or 198 of 563 punches during his 12-round rematch against Bradley. Bradley, on the other hand, landed only 22% of his punches or 141 out of his 627 attempts against Pacquiao. The Pacman also clipped Bradley with 148 power punches throughout the fight. This is 39 more punches than the American’s 109. Bradley stands to receive a guaranteed $6 million, which is the biggest paycheck in his 33-fight career. Pacquiao’s guarantee of $20 million may still go up, depending on the pay-per-view sales. The Filipino superstar, however, will still have to pay his tax duties in the US Internal Revenue Service, which is expected to get a big chunk of Pacquiao’s earnings. Pacquiao also still has to settle a P2.2-billion tax case with the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines.THIS IS FULL REPORT.

ALSO: 'Sloppy' Pacquiao still draws praise from Roach

Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach is happy with Manny Pacquiao's performance even as he acknowledged that the "Pacman" was somewhat "sloppy" in his unanimous decision win against American Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao avenged his controversial June 2012 loss to Bradley with a clear-cut decision win in the rematch, outpointing the American over 12 rounds to regain the WBO welterweight championship. “Manny was a little sloppy tonight,” Roach said, as quoted by ESPN.com. “But I was happy with his performance.” Bradley clearly buzzed Pacquiao in the fourth round, landing a right that the “Pacman” later admitted hurt him. But Bradley, who wanted to go for a knockout, became a victim of his own aggression, as he opened himself up for Pacquiao’s power punches. “It looked like Bradley was going for a one-punch home run,” Roach observed. Bradley later explained that he wanted to “throw something over the top,” such as the wild overhand rights that he kept launching in the second half of the fight. Pacquiao was easily able to spin away from his attacks, however, often while landing multiple-punch combinations of his own. Yet the “Pacman” was effusive in his praise of Bradley after the fight and refused to talk trash about the American fighter. “He gave me a good fight. He’s not that easy,” said Pacquiao. “I listened to my corner about keeping my hands up and timing.” “He threw a lot of punches,” he added. “He threw wide, wide, wide hooks. I got hit one time, and I said it’s not good to be careless.” Pacquiao slowly but surely took control of the bout from the sixth round onward, and wound up winning a wide points decision, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.
 


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Pacquiao gets his revenge, outpoints Bradley


Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines hits undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of the U.S. with a right during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada April 13, 2014 (Manila time). REUTERS/Steve Marcus

MANILA, APRIL 14, 2014, (ABS-CBN) By Camille B. Naredo - Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao outpointed Timothy Bradley Jr. over the course of 12 rounds to avenge a controversial loss and hand the American his first-ever career defeat Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).

Pacquiao, the former pound-for-pound king of boxing and eight-division world champion, made sure that there would be no doubts this time as he won a clear decision, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110, to regain the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title that he lost to the American in June 2012.

“I had to do more (in this fight), it’s very different (from) the first fight,” admitted Pacquiao. “He improved a lot. He showed his toughness. I hit him with solid punches, but he’s still standing.”

Bradley had controversially defeated Pacquiao when they first fought two years ago, claiming a split decision that was widely criticized by boxing analysts and fans.

Most boxing experts expected the rematch to be a toss-up, however, as Bradley had shown great improvement since the 2012 showdown, while the 35-year-old Pacquiao was no longer at his physical prime.

But after a scary moment in the fourth round when Pacquiao was rocked by a Bradley right hand, the “Pacman” seized control of the bout, using his footwork, skills and punching power to outwork Bradley most of the second half of the 12-rounder.

“He’s the better fighter tonight,” conceded Bradley, who lost for the first time in 32 fights and revealed that he fought from the first round on with a right calf injury. “That’s what it is.”

“He has impeccable timing, great footwork. He’s very coordinated and he has tremendous punching power,” added the American. “He stunned me a couple of times, but I held on.”

Pacquiao’s record improved to 56 wins, five losses and two draws, with 38 wins coming by way of knockout.

Fourth-round scare

The first three rounds were close affairs, with both fighters feeling each other out with jabs to start. Pacquiao landed the first significant shots of the fight with straight rights in the opening round, though Bradley was able to counter with shots to the body.

Bradley showed his willingness to exchange punches with the “Pacman,” but absorbed several power shots in the process, especially in the second round. The American fired back in the fourth round, however, landing a right hand on Pacquiao’s face that clearly dazed the Filipino idol.

“He got me in the fourth round, a solid punch, a right hook,” Pacquiao admitted after the fight. “But I listened to my corner, to Freddie Roach. (He told me) hands up, timing, and don’t just counter him.”

Pacquiao was on the defensive end for most of the fourth round as Bradley continued to pressure him, but the “Pacman” rallied in the fifth with eye-catching combinations.

By the sixth round, the Filipino was able to trap Bradley against the ropes and unload punches, finally showing the aggressiveness that he promised to showcase ahead of the fight.

Bradley tried to showboat in the middle rounds, repeatedly shaking his head even as he absorbed punches from Pacquiao while trapped against the ropes. But the repeated punishment clearly took its toll on the American boxer, who no longer moved as well in the final four rounds.

Pacquiao’s best round came in the seventh, when he pinned Bradley to the ropes and unleashed a flurry of punches. Bradley, still showboating, egged him on, and Pacquiao paused for a moment before unloading more shots, including a left hand that clearly stunned the American.

With Pacquiao controlling the pace of the fight, Bradley resorted to swinging wild punches, often missing widely with overhand rights that he said were part of their game plan.

“I was trying to time him over the top,” Bradley explained. “I was trying to throw something over the top while he’s throwing.”

Bradley had some bright moments in the ninth round, landing combinations to Pacquiao’s chin, but his wild punches mostly met air and the “Pacman” kept pushing him against the ropes, leaving the American with no choice but to clinch in order to avoid more punishment.

“I had to throw a lot of punches, too,” Pacquiao said. “He was throwing a lot of punches. I was very careful to throw a lot of punches, because his punches were all over, on the outside. I’m throwing inside punches.”

The bout was briefly stopped towards the end of the final round when a small cut opened up above Pacquiao’s left eye, but the doctors let the bout continue with just seconds to go. Bradley did his best to attack the “Pacman,” but it was for naught.

“I tried, I really tried,” said Bradley. “I wanted that knockout. Manny’s a great fighter, maybe one of the best ever. I lost to one of the best.”

Journey continues

Pacquiao, who had to face repeated questions about his killer instinct and competitive spirit leading up to the rematch, said his victory proved that his career was far from done.

“I proved tonight that my journey in boxing will continue,” said Pacquiao, to the cheers of over 15,000 fans in attendance.

It was Pacquiao’s second consecutive unanimous decision win since his two-fight losing streak in 2012. He was knocked out by great Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December of that year after already losing to Bradley.

“I’m very happy, because I wasn’t discouraged by my loss to Marquez. I continued my journey in boxing,” said Pacquiao, who said he will welcome any opponent but left the negotiations again to his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank.

“My job is to fight in the ring. Any opponent,” he said. “A couple more years. I can still fight.”

Bradley, who was gracious in the face of his first-ever loss, said there was nothing for him to do but continue to work.

“I lost one fight,” Bradley said. “I’m gonna go back to the gym and get better.” -- With reports from Agence France-Presse, Reuters

Bradley suffered calf injury in round 1 ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/13/2014 2:50 PM | Updated as of 04/13/2014 2:50 PM


Manny Pacquiao chases undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters

American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. suffered a calf injury in the very first round of his WBO welterweight showdown against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao , severely limiting his mobility especially in the later rounds.

Bradley, who was defending his belt for the third time, was clearly game in the first half of the fight and willingly got into exchanges with Pacquiao, but the tide turned in the Filipino’s favor in the seventh round.

Pacquiao became the busier fighter, repeatedly pushing Bradley against the ropes and unloading several punches, while the American was left to swing wildly.

After the fight, Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz, revealed that his boxer suffered an injury as early as the first round.

“After the first round, Tim came back to the corner and said, ‘I think I tore my right calf.’ I began to massage it,” said Diaz, as quoted by ESPN.com. “He was in a lot of pain from that point on, and I didn’t have much to work with.”

Bradley went on to lose a unanimous decision, with judges scoring the bout 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110 in favor of Pacquiao.

Bradley also suffered injuries when he first fought Pacquiao in June 2012, tearing ligaments in both feet but winning a controversial split decision.

The American boxer refused to use the injury as an excuse for the loss, the first of his professional career.

“I have no excuses. Stuff happens. I got nothing to say about it,” he said. “You can’t say nothing against Manny. I lost to one of the best fighters in the world.”

“Manny fought his heart out,” he added. “I tip my hat to his whole corner, Freddie Roach and his whole team.”

Bradley’s best round came in the fourth, when he visibly rocked the “Pacman” with a right hand. Pacquiao took control of the fight in the following rounds, however, dominating the seventh round when he unleashed a flurry of punches with Bradley pinned against the ropes.

“I tried, I really tried,” Bradley said. “I wanted that knockout. Manny is a great fighter, one of the best in the world. I lost to one of the greatest fighters in boxing.”

Bradley’s record dropped to 31-1, while Pacquiao improved to 56-5-2.

Pacquiao earns over $100K per punch vs Bradley ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 04/13/2014 4:43 PM | Updated as of 04/13/2014 4:43 PM


Manny Pacquiao punches at WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters

It was another huge payday for Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao after his dominant performance against Timothy Bradley this Sunday.

Not only did Pacquiao reclaim his WBO welterweight title from Bradley, he also gets guaranteed earning of $20 million.

This means, he earned over $100,000 per punch that he landed against the erstwhile unbeaten Bradley. To be exact, he got $101,010 for each of the 198 punches he connected against the Indio, California native.

According to Compubox, Pacquiao had a punch efficiency of 35% or 198 of 563 punches during his 12-round rematch against Bradley.

Bradley, on the other hand, landed only 22% of his punches or 141 out of his 627 attempts against Pacquiao.

The Pacman also clipped Bradley with 148 power punches throughout the fight. This is 39 more punches than the American’s 109.

Bradley stands to receive a guaranteed $6 million, which is the biggest paycheck in his 33-fight career.

Pacquiao’s guarantee of $20 million may still go up, depending on the pay-per-view sales.

The Filipino superstar, however, will still have to pay his tax duties in the US Internal Revenue Service, which is expected to get a big chunk of Pacquiao’s earnings.

Pacquiao also still has to settle a P2.2-billion tax case with the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines.

'Sloppy' Pacquiao still draws praise from Roach ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/13/2014 4:02 PM | Updated as of 04/13/2014 4:03 PM


Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach celebrate victory over Timothy Bradley of the US following their WBO World Welterweight Championship title match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Joe Klamar, Agence France-Presse

Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach is happy with Manny Pacquiao's performance even as he acknowledged that the "Pacman" was somewhat "sloppy" in his unanimous decision win against American Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao avenged his controversial June 2012 loss to Bradley with a clear-cut decision win in the rematch, outpointing the American over 12 rounds to regain the WBO welterweight championship.

“Manny was a little sloppy tonight,” Roach said, as quoted by ESPN.com. “But I was happy with his performance.”

Bradley clearly buzzed Pacquiao in the fourth round, landing a right that the “Pacman” later admitted hurt him. But Bradley, who wanted to go for a knockout, became a victim of his own aggression, as he opened himself up for Pacquiao’s power punches.

“It looked like Bradley was going for a one-punch home run,” Roach observed.

Bradley later explained that he wanted to “throw something over the top,” such as the wild overhand rights that he kept launching in the second half of the fight. Pacquiao was easily able to spin away from his attacks, however, often while landing multiple-punch combinations of his own.

Yet the “Pacman” was effusive in his praise of Bradley after the fight and refused to talk trash about the American fighter.

“He gave me a good fight. He’s not that easy,” said Pacquiao. “I listened to my corner about keeping my hands up and timing.”

“He threw a lot of punches,” he added. “He threw wide, wide, wide hooks. I got hit one time, and I said it’s not good to be careless.”

Pacquiao slowly but surely took control of the bout from the sixth round onward, and wound up winning a wide points decision, 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.


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