Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley 3 Results: Twitter Reacts to Rematch
Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley Jr. for the second time in three meetings by unanimous decision Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
HBO Boxing noted all three judges scored the fight 116-110 in Pacquiao’s favor.
The meeting was a rubber match after a controversial split decision Bradley won in the maiden meeting between the two boxers in June 2012. Pacquiao then proved to be the superior fighter in their April 2014 rematch, handing Bradley his second career defeat.
Matt Christie of Boxing News reacted to Pacquiao’s performance, suggesting the 37-year-old veteran still has more to offer, contrary to Pac-Man’s purported plans to retire:
Okay, so he’s not the force he was. But Pacquiao looks so much better than expected. I’d be surprised if this is the last we see of him.
— Matt Christie (@MattCBoxingNews) April 10, 2016
It was a gridlock at the beginning of the bout, featuring a lot of stop-and-start action and explosive bursts from both men. However, Pacquiao often got the better of Bradley from Round 4 onward.
HBO Boxing’s count showed Pac-Man getting a considerable advantage over Desert Storm through six rounds:
— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 10, 2016
The end of Round 7 marked a big turning point, as Pac-Man sent Bradley to the canvas, which made Pacquiao the prohibitive favorite entering the final stretch.
Even before then, Pacquiao was more often than not coming out on top against his American adversary. Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reacted as Pacquiao’s punch combinations took their toll on Bradley:
Several close rounds, but I’m giving Pacquiao an edge in each of them. His punches have more force, and he’s landing cleaner shots. 5-1, MP.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) April 10, 2016
Former heavyweight champion George Foreman agreed with Mannix’s assessment:
Manny Pacquiao is doing a good job Bradley too much weightlifting can’t throw a straight punch
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) April 10, 2016
The first knockdown may not have been the most emphatic, yet Pacquiao went on to send Bradley down again in Round 9. Pacquiao tagged Bradley in the face with a left hook that sent him tumbling backward.
Some of the reactions to the last trip Bradley had to the canvas were quite humorous—unfortunate at the expense of Bradley’s pain and his fans’ collective dismay, of course.
The following reaction came from f.e.e.l.s. on Twitter:
— f.e.e.l.s (@fyifeelings) April 10, 2016
Andrew Jerell Jones of the Guardian fancied Bradley’s chances at succeeding in another endeavor:
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) April 10, 2016
Bradley did well to stay up and remain in the ring competing for all 12 rounds but clearly didn’t do enough to earn a victory. ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael tweeted his final tally:
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) April 10, 2016
Deion Sanders Jr. opined that Pacquiao really won all three of his matchups with Bradley following Saturday’s decision:
Pacquiao really won all 3 fights
— Deion Sanders Jr (@DeionSandersJr) April 10, 2016
CBS Sports tweeted out a fitting graphic in that vein:
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 10, 2016
Speculation will continue to swirl about Pacquiao’s future as a boxer.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Snowden represented the polarizing schools of thought on the matter:
Pretty entertaining fight. Good win for Pacquiao. Doubt he’ll really retire.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) April 10, 2016
In an interview with Crystina Poncher, Pacquiao just said he was retiring. Pretty definitive.
— Jonathan Snowden (@JESnowden) April 10, 2016
Prominent boxing broadcaster Jim Lampley weighed in on what lies ahead for Pacquiao:
— HBOboxing (@HBOboxing) April 10, 2016
The most buzz-worthy—albeit remote—possibility on the horizon for Pacquiao would be Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement for a rematch. Their first fight didn’t live up to the hype as Mayweather coasted to an uneventful unanimous decision.
ESPN’s Skip Bayless was adamant that the best of Pacquiao’s achievements may be yet to come, should Mayweather opt to lace up the gloves again:
BUT PACQUIAO STILL WANTS MAYWEATHER AND WOULD BEAT HIM THIS TIME. FOUGHT HIM WITH TORN ROTATOR CUFF FIRST TIME, STILL SHOULDA WON.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 10, 2016
Pacquiao was dealing with a severe injury in his maiden encounter with Mayweather and proved Saturday that he is back to exceptional form.
Other prospective opponents for Pac-Man include Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan. Those two will duel May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The winner may move on to take on Pacquiao in what would be the best alternative to a Pacquiao-Mayweather encore.
But if Pacquiao is to be taken at his word, this could be the end of a prolific career that would at least see him go out on top.
Regarding prospective retirement plans, Pacquiao was indeed quite steadfast in his position that this was it for him.
“I’m going to retire after this. Maybe I can enjoy being retired serving the people,” said Pacquiao, per INQUIRER Sports on Twitter.
But in his press conference afterwards, Pacquiao left more than a flicker of hope that he may return, saying, per Top Rank Boxing, “My heart is 50-50. But right now my decision is to retire.”
GMA News Breaking logged some of what Pacquiao had to say about his win and how his approach differed from previous Bradley bouts.
“This fight is different from the first two because I’m more aggressive and more careful now,” Pacquiao said.
“When I started boxing, I never think that I can accomplish all that I’ve accomplished,” Pacquiao added, per Top Rank Boxing.
As for Bradley, he tried to take the silver linings from a second loss to Pacquiao.
“I’m not done! I’ll be back. This ain’t gonna stop me. I got beat by a legend,” said Bradley, per Top Rank Boxing.
Per Santino Honasan of ABS-CBN Sports, Bradley said of the first knockdown, “I don’t even remember, man.”