The judges weren’t going to steal it from him this time.
Pacquiao beat Bradley soundly – again – and Bradley did not dispute the outcome, though he offered some sort of lame excuse about an injury. Bradley had his moments (a few big shots and a round 11 that showed some class and intelligence) but in the end he couldn’t hang with the Filipino hall of famer. Side note: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Bradley fight like he did last night – taunting Pacquiao and shaking his head to the crowd more than actually fighting in certain rounds.
Bradley also looked like his training may have included a Marquez-esque PED regimen, with the hope of landing a similarly steroid-fueled overhand right bomb ;). “Wild” would be a good way to describe the majority of Bradely’s power shots – especially late. I think Bradley just naturally lacks pop though, so his hopes for a KO were probably completely misplaced from day one.
For Manny Pacquiao, you cannot overlook that he beat an undefeated fighter – ranked #3 lb for lb at the time – who is supposed to be in his physical prime. And Manny looked like the younger fighter. He was the one getting stronger as the fight went on. Pacquiao’s hand speed, accuracy and power is still there – though he does seem to be darting in and out less these days. He also appears to take just a little more time off in the middle rounds than he used to. But he’s still a buzzsaw (as was evident with some of his combos) and his left hand can still make you forget what day it is (which will probably never change).
Next I’d like to see Pacquiao fight Juan Manuel Marquez again. I don’t think Mayweather is ever going to fight Pacquiao, so what else is there? Every Pacquiao-Marquez fight has been exciting, JMM is still a highly ranked fighter, so I don’t see why they shouldn’t do it again. As it stands the series is 2-1-1 Pacquiao. Marquez had the last word, but was it the last laugh?