Bradley stuns Pacquiao amid controversy

Sun, 10 Jun 05:35:00 2012

Timothy Bradley won the WBO welterweight title from Manny Pacquiao via split decision despite appearing second best to the eight-division world champion on the night.

Timothy Bradley Jr. (L) of the U.S. exchanges blows with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas - 0

Pacquiao weathered an exciting start from the undefeated challenger in the opening two rounds to wear the American down throughout the middle portion of the contest and had Bradley seriously reeling after six.

Bradley would show great resilience and edge some of the later rounds after going back to basics and working the jab from distance, but there appeared to be no confusion amongst the live attendance or either camp as to who was the better man.

It came as a shock when the judges' scorecards all read 115 to 113 - with two of the three in favour of the new champion.

Bradley's performance would have no doubt raised his stock even in defeat, but the unexpected nod from the men in charge of the final outcome is destined to catapault 'Desert Storm' to even greater heights.

His first order of business could well be an immediate rematch: Pacquiao has a clause in the fight contract, and both fighters expressed a willingness to settle things once and for all in a return bout in their post-fight interviews.

"I’ve got to give Manny a rematch," Bradley admitted.

"I know the fans weren’t happy with the result and I’ve got to give Manny his chance to win the title back.

"I caught my second wind after the sixth round. I kept sticking and moving with my jab and caught him with clean shots.

"Manny is very fast and very hard but I have strong legs and my will to win prevailed.

"My corner told me that if I can win the last round, we will win the fight and that’s what we did."

Pacquiao drew some pre-fight controversy of his own by having the bell-time delayed courtesy of a previous agreement which would ensure he could watch the NBA Eastern Conference game seven between Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

But the Filipino insisted the situation did not affect him, saying: "I was very warmed up as I headed into the ring and it was a good fight.

"I’m disappointed but he moves very well and he’s undefeated for a reason. I thought that I won the fight, though.

"I’ve been watching his fights and he’s an aggressive boxer, but he didn’t really hurt me. Most of his shots hit my arms. I don’t know what happened.

"I am willing to have a rematch, no problem. And if he’s ready to do it, credit to him."

Bradley upsets Pacquiao


Round one: It is Bradley who edges the early exchanges, landing more jabs and catching the champ with a couple of decent counter-strikes. But Pacquiao finds his groove in the closing stages and lands well in response. Even opening round. Yahoo!-Eurosport scorecard: 10-10.

Round two: Bradley starts the second round strong, catching Pacquiao on three occasions in the first half of the round before flustering him with a lightning-fast combination soon after. The champion takes the shots in his stride, however, and retains good positioning throughout. Nonetheless, a pair of connections with the Filipino’s chin hand the round to the challenger. Scorecard: 20-19 Bradley.

Round three: Pacquiao works the angles for leverage and lands a series of solid lefts as a result. Bradley responds with some light one-twos only to receive a vicious left and further combinations in a scintillating climax to the best round so far. Scorecard: 29-29.

Round four: The champion continues to exploit his challenger with more combos and a pair of pinpoint body blows which the American, to his credit, is able to weather and avoid a stoppage. Nonetheless, a clear 10-8 for Pacquiao. Scorecard: 39-37 Pacquiao.

Round five: Calmer round after a blistering display in three and four, but another left to the body weakens a flagging Bradley further in the closing 30 seconds. He finishes the fifth swinging, but it's another one for Pacquiao. Scorecard: 49-46 Pacquiao.

Round six: Bradley keeping Pacquiao at bay early on with the jab, but with little behind it especially compared to his decent throws in the first pair of rounds. Pacquiao again turns up the heat in the closing stages, cornering the challenger before landing a slick uppercut. Scorecard: 59-55 Pacquiao.

Round seven: Straight left by Manny halfway through wakes up an otherwise pedestrian round.Pacquiao shakes off a couple of decent head shots from the American and responds with a succession of his own, but receives two warnings for holding Bradley’s head down. Scorecard: 69-64 Pacquiao.

Round eight: Pause as the two clash heads, and Pacquiao gets away with another push down. It's an edge for Bradley despite a late one-two in the final ten seconds from the champ. Scorecard: 78-74.

Round nine: Bradley gets closer to the champion in hopes of smothering his game, and connects with an uppercut of his own followed by a hook in the final 30 only to leave himself open to Pacquiao's own combos.Pacquiao shades the ninth. Scorecard: 88-83.

Round 10: Quiet tenth, plenty more distance between the two but it's Bradley who lands more and finally shows command of the space inside the ropes. Scorecard: 97-93 Pacquiao.

Round 11: Pacquiao may feel as if he's done enough: he is happy to play along with Bradley's distance game which is drawing scant pockets of boos from the action-hungry live crowd. He finishes strong in the final 40 seconds, however, with enough clean shots to take the round. Scorecard: 107-102 Pacquiao.

Round 12: Bradley finishes with his head held high, landing a sporadic series of straight shots, but a belting left from Pacquiao in the final seconds puts an exclamation point on a cerebral and superior performance. Final Yahoo!-Eurosport scorecard: 117-112 Pacquiao.

Liam Happe - on Twitter @liamhappe / Eurosport

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  1. WBO already investigate and announced the real winner.­ Pacman wins. Poor judging skills for the two­ judges..Too bad..

    From Edward, on Fri 22 Jun 12:31
  2. It was Pacman's turn to feel what Marquez felt­ three times. A rematch is a good idea

    From George, on Mon 11 Jun 13:17
  3. Amir Khan would make Manny look even more ordinary.

    From Gary, on Mon 11 Jun 11:54
  4. what happened to my­ comment????????????????????????????????????????????????­ ??????????

    From Steele, on Mon 11 Jun 11:30
  5. what happened to my­ comment????????????????????????????????????????????????­ ??????????

    From Steele, on Mon 11 Jun 11:30
  6. Watch the fight again and stop being fixated by Manny.­ Try not to follow the herd and suddenly a draw isnt­ that outrageous. Theefore the judges, if not corrupt,­ were plain scared to hand it to Manny again, though as­ champ he definitely won the Mrequez fights. Boxing and­ most sport has always been corrupt, so I dont see what­ all the fuss is about. Manny doubles his money winning­ the rematch, he's a legend anyway.

    From man4allseasons, on Mon 11 Jun 11:03
  7. Boxing has always been corrupt,I remember the­ Ali-Liston fight from the mid 60's when Ali"­ knocked out" Liston with a punch that would not­ have floored a 6 yr old.Liston was tough for it took 8­ prison warders to hold him down at one time.Fight fixed­ by the mob!

    From Denny, on Mon 11 Jun 10:47
  8. don't worry guys, surely there will be a rematch..­ and on that rematch, the PacMan will certainly KO­ Bradley..

    From !VALO!, on Mon 11 Jun 10:47
  9. The judges decision was artrocious, what fight were­ those 2 judges watching? The judge the was for Pacquiao­ should have given him more rounds gut at least he saw­ the fight like us. There is no doubt the Many won and­ it should have been judged accordingly. It will be a­ disgrace if the Nevada boxing commission do not have a­ thorough invesgitation. There are many peole who are­ saying that the fight was fixed, they are saying that­ Bradley didn't win a round.

    From Steele, on Mon 11 Jun 10:16
  10. Watched the fight along with 20+ friends for a boxing­ party. All of us scoring it for a bit of fun. Almost­ all of us had Manny winning by 3 rounds. Shocker of a­ result this. Judges in Boxing are corrupt and bias. ­ Look at Amir Khan's last fight too. I HATE the­ Bolton pillock, but he won that fight by 1 round (would­ have been more of it wasnt for the point deductions). ­ Manny will have to learn how to KO people again if he­ wants to win... the boxing world is out to get him.

    From Mike, on Mon 11 Jun 9:31
  11. I hope people didn't pay money to watch this.

    From Paul, on Mon 11 Jun 9:13
  12. This camp certainly know how to generate interest in­ their fighter.On to the next fight the big one...

    From , on Mon 11 Jun 8:58
  13. Manny was robbed - boxing is corrupt and is going down­ the toilet. UFC and MMA is taking over and ridiculous­ decisions like this don't do boxing any favours. ­ Still can't believe the decision, judges can't­ be that blind, my guess is that they paid off two of­ those judges. Makes me sick.

    From, on Mon 11 Jun 8:56
  14. Don't make a fool of yourself Gary, oops you­ already have.

    From Diogenes, on Mon 11 Jun 8:46
  15. Pacquiao has always been over hyped and over rated. A­ reality check.

    From Gary, on Mon 11 Jun 8:34
  16. Watched the fight for a second time last night with a­ friend, we are both ex boxers and we both scored the­ fight exactly the same, 8 rounds to Pacquaio 3 rounds­ to Bradley and one even, you only need to look at­ punches landed after each round to know the true­ outcome. Bradley was completely out gunned through out­ the fight. the two judges who scored it against­ Pacquaio should never be allowed to judge another title­ fight, what fight were they watching. Fair play to both­ boxers during the after fight interviews, Bradley knew­ he hadn't won and basically said that by saying he­ would have to watch the tape of the fight and then­ decide, and to Pacquaio who took the bad decision on­ the chin like a man. Can't wait for the rematch

    From KEVIN, on Mon 11 Jun 8:27
  17. referee black judge its a joke ... filipino­ start using whitening lotion to get black skin­

    From hondalogistic, on Mon 11 Jun 8:23
  18. the reason it is held in the us is all down to money­ and they want to control the result and to make sure­ that they win it is it is held some where else we would­ have a real answer not one done for money and we all­ ways win dont we !

    From ROY, on Mon 11 Jun 8:09
  19. The judges were American I take it?

    From Policy, on Mon 11 Jun 8:05
  20. The scores just came in it's UFC 1 Boxing Zer....­ 4, what the....

    From Ben, on Mon 11 Jun 7:59
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