MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao knocked down American Timothy Bradley twice enroute to a unanimous decision victory at what the Filipino boxing icon considered as his last fight on Sunday (Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bradley had a very good start but Pacquiao recovered starting in the fourth and in the seventh, Pacquiao landed a two-punch combination to score the first knockdown. Bradley was saved by the bell.
In the ninth round, Pacquiao sent Bradley tumbling again on the floor with a short hand to the face but the American recovered anew in the last 45 minutes of the round.
”Every round, I was looking for a knockout but Bradley was tough,” Pacquiao said after the match.
”I did my best, his style is counterpunching. I was not careless in the ring,” he added.
When asked about the knockdown, Bradley replied: “I don’t even remember, man.”
Bradley acknowledged his second defeat against Pacquiao in their three fights.
”He’s very quick. Very explosive and he has experience. He won the fight tonight. Congratulations Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley said.
Bradley said he just have to go back to the drawing board and “talk to my team.”
As for Pacquiao, he said he would stick to his retirement plan after Bradley fight.
”I can still fight, I‘ve made the decision to return to the Philippines and help the people,” he added.
Pacquiao, an incumbent congressman of the lone district of Saranggani province, is eyeing a senatorial seat in the upcoming May 9 elections.
It was Pacquiao’s 58th victory highlighted with 38 knockouts with six defeats, including his last fight against undefeated Floyd Mayweather, and with two draws.
On the other hand, Bradley absorbed his only second defeat, all came from Pacquiao, in 36 fights. Jelly Musico/PNA/northboundasia.com