Despite the fact these two will go at it again in November, the first meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will always belong to "Desert Storm." With an historic victory and an undefeated streak, boxing has found its new star in the making.
Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been atop the boxing world for the past several years, and though they're both phenomenal talents, neither is getting any younger. Bradley is now the WBO welterweight and light welterweight champion and his undefeated streak is still intact.
Obviously the worlds of MMA, boxing and WWE are all different in their own right, but they all live or die by how much the public wants to watch their champions and individual talent.
Boxing needs to turn its attention to the November rematch between Pac-Man and Desert Storm.
The sport should also be hoping for another Bradley victory, albeit in more decisive fashion.
For too long, Pacquiao and Mayweather have been the only reasons to tune into a boxing match; it's time for another fighter to join in the limelight.
As talented as guys like Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez are, no casual fan is going to pay the price tag HBO puts on that fight.
Bradley has defeated the likes of Joel Casamayor, Lamont Peterson and now handed Pacquiao his first loss in seven years. He's the first man I'd be looking to build my sport around with Mayweather in jail and Pac-Man now with a loss in his recent history.
Desert Storm has the charismatic personality and the ability, and his stock couldn't be any higher than it is right now.
Bradley guaranteed victory over Pac-Man to anyone who would listen leading up to his fight, and he made true on his words Saturday night. His confidence is consistent if nothing less, as 'Storm told the Associated Press: "I thought I won the fight. I didn't think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn't feel his power."
It wasn't as dominating a victory as Bradley likes to tell, but everything boxing has to like about Mayweather are traits that the welterweight champion holds as well.
Like "Money," Bradley is regarded as confident or arrogant depending on who you talk to, and his skills are among the best in the sport. Love him or hate him, fans will tune into his fights—especially if he defeats Pac-Man for a second time come November.