Pacquiao reclaims WBO title with unanimous decision
Veteran Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points decision victory over Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.
It was sweet revenge for Pacquaio after the previously-unbeaten Bradley was controversially awarded their initial fight two years ago.
Judges Craig Metcalfe and Michael Pernick scored the rematch 116-112 for Pacquiao, while Glenn Trowbridge favoured the Filipino congressman 118-110. It was to all onlookers a convincing victory which will have people in his homeland rejoicing.
Pacquiao, who landed 35pc of his punches compared to Bradley’s 22pc, was delayed in the post-fight press conference after suffering a tear on his eyelid during a clash of heads proved too strong for his opponent.
"I didn't want to get careless," Pacquiao eventually said when he spoke to the media.
“I picked up more steam in the second half when I made adjustments that Freddie gave me in the corner. Bradley was much better than in the first fight we had. He hurt me on the chin.”
For the 35 year-old it was his eleventh world title in a 56-5-2 career spanning 19 years. When it comes to re-matches his record isn’t bad either, now 6-1 in his favour.
Bradley, who injured his calf early in the contest, admitted that he was going all out form the off to defeat his highly regarded opponent.
"I tried, I really tried," he 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.”
“I kept trying to throw something over the top. That's what we worked on in camp. That was the plan, but Pacquiao has great footwork.”
For Pacquaio, a re-match with Juan Manuel Marquez is the likely next step, though his staunch fans will still hold out hope of a fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior.