Saturday night on HBO pay-per-view boxing, undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley put his title on the line against Manny Pacquiao in a highly anticipated rematch taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In their last meeting, Bradley won a highly controversial decision and this time both men were hoping to keep the result out of the hands of the judges and deliver a clear cut win.
Below is the play-by-play and result from the main event bout.
Round 1: Pacquiao came out with some impressive movement and was taking the center of the ring early in the round, while Bradley seemed to be attempting to find his range and work some early body shots. Both fighters were looking for the counters and the big shot that could give them an early advantage, but exchanges stayed to a minimum. Pacquiao was not rushing in like he had in the first meeting between the two but Bradley turned it on at the end of the round and worked Pacquiao up against the ropes until the bell rang. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao.
The fight was just beginning, and Manny Pacquiao’s mom was already out of control.
Round 2: Bradley got off to a quick start in the second round as both fighters began utilizing the jab more. Pacquiao landed a three-punch combination that got the crowd to roar, before he landed a huge left hand that rocked Bradley and sent him back pedaling. Pacquiao picked up the aggression and closed the distance while Bradley was fighting to hang on and landed a hard shot of his own. Bradley managed to come back well in the second half of the round, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the early onslaught. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao. 20-18, Pacquiao, after 2.
Round 3: Pacquiao continued to find a home for his combinations in the third as he appeared to begin finding his groove. You could see the confidence building for Pacquiao as his punches continued to land. Bradley answered with some body work and combos of his own, in a bout that appeared to be increasingly personal. There was no doubt both guys were looking to make a statement and stop this fight from going to the judges. Bradley was throwing huge shots, but Pacquiao was landing punches at a higher volume and with much greater accuracy. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao. 30-27, Pacquiao, after 3.
Round 4: Bradley became more strategic in the fourth and returned to his jab instead of throwing everything into each punch and Bradley landed a stiff right hand that momentarily staggered Pacquiao. Pacquiao quickly recovered and circled away, but Bradley chased Pacquiao around the ring and gave him no room to breathe. It was Bradley’s most impressive round of the fight. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Bradley. 39-37 after 4.
Round 5: The fifth-round was even with both fighters getting in their licks, but Bradley landed the first significant shot of the round and served as the aggressor. The crowd began to quiet near the end of the round, while Bradley kept his hands low and Pacquiao attempted to throw combinations to take advantage of the openings. It was the closest round of the fight. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Bradley. 48-47, Pacquiao, after 5.
Round 6: Bradley was finding his groove after giving away some early rounds with the pace by both fighters beginning to slow. Pacquiao was not attacking like he had to start the fight, until the final 20 seconds of the fight where he threw a wild flurry of punches with Bradley’s back up against the ropes. Bradley allowed Pacquiao to continue pepperig away at him, but there was no damage done. Despite most of the punches missing, Pacquiao’s flurry was enough to steal the round. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao. 58-56, Pacquiao, after 6.
Round 7: Bradley was getting more arrogant and showy as the fight continued, while Pacquiao picked up his speed and combinations. Both fighters were warned about clashing heads, before Bradley came out of the break with two wild uppercuts. Bradley was comfortable putting his back against the ropes and was urging Pacquiao to come after him, where Pacquiao unloaded on Bradley with Bradley looking for a big counter. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao. 68-65, Pacquiao, after 7.
Round 8: After Pacquiao began finding his rhythm and unloading punches in bunches, things settled in the eighth. It was a fairly even round with neither fighter really establishing themselves as the more dominant in that round. Because of the volume and control of the ring, Pacquiao got the narrow edge. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao. 78-74, Pacquiao, after 8.
Round 9: Bradley was not finding his offense while Pacquiao was clearly in his rhythm, and he landed a heavy punch that wild Bradley. It was the second time that Bradley wobbled in the punch, but only one of the times appeared to be due to a punch. Bradley struggled to get his legs under him for the remainder of the round, with Pacquiao keeping the pressure on. There was very little effort from Bradley to string his punches together, and that appeared to be leading to his demise as Pacquiao began to pull away. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao. 88-83, Pacquiao, after 9.
Round 10: With just a few rounds to go, Bradley’s corner was urging him to go out and win some rounds which led to a more urgent pace in the tenth. Pacquiao served the role of the counter fighter in this round before Bradley backed up. Bradley looked to either be injured or just exhausted, because his lack of commitment to the combinations continued to be an issue. Bradley was looking to turn the fight around on one punch, but couldn’t find a home. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao. 98-92, Pacquiao, after 10.
Round 11: Damage was beginning to show on Bradley’s face with a knot developing under his left eye. Bradley was attempting to keep Pacquiao at a distance, but Pacquiao continued to press forward with his guard high. Pacquiao was stalking Bradley, with neither fighter throwing significant shots. Pacquiao eventually landed a huge shot but never followed up. After following Bradley around the ring for the rest of the round, Pacquiao threw a few shots to close the round but it wasn’t enough. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Bradley. 107-102, Pacquiao, after 11.
Round 12: Bradley’s corner told him that he would need the final round if he wanted to win the bout, but it was Pacquiao who landed the most significant shots early in the round. Bradley appeared to be hurt, but recovered with just one minute to go. He was going to need something big. Both men opened up as the bout came to a close, but an accidental headbutt halted the fight with 12 seconds to go after cutting Pacquiao open. When the action resumed, Bradley threw a wild combo, but never landed the shot that he was looking for. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Pacquiao.
Final FanSided scorecard: 117-111, Pacquiao.
Official result: Manny Pacquiao def. Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112, 118-110)