Not only was it a defining victory in the history of boxing, it was also one that set the stage for an even more historic showdown.
Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao in what was one of the more controversial decisions in the sport's recent history, and Pacquiao will now have every incentive to revitalize his career in a fight against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In spite of what many believed to be a victory for Pacquiao (54-3-2) the result still shows up as a loss for the Filipino boxing legend.
While Pacquiao landed 253 of his 751 punches thrown, a mark that stands at 34 percent, Bradley (29-0) connected on just 159 of his 839. Not to mention, Pac-Man landed nearly double the amount of power punches in the loss.
It was a skeptical decision at the very least in what was an especially critical match for both boxing talents.
Though the result was controversial, it was all the more integral in that it made the ever so anticipated fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather an outright reality. The outcome has given both Pacquiao and Mayweather a reason to take the ring for a battle of epic proportions.
Pacquiao will be as motivated as anyone to take on Mayweather now that he has suffered a defeat to Bradley. He will be seen as a clear underdog against arguably the greatest fighter in boxing today.
Now that Pac-Man is not expected to come out victorious against Pretty Boy, there is little pressure on his plate.
Meanwhile, it is safe to say that Mayweather has now been able to find a weakness in Pacquiao's game. To see Mayweather lose to Bradley undoubtedly has to give him more reason to take on the talent.
In spite of the controversy behind what was a strong fight between Bradley and Pacquiao, it has also given the sport a plethora of promise in the near future. Pacquiao and Mayweather have to be enticed to square off.
Pac-Man needs redemption while Mayweather will search for outright dominance of the sport. Make no mistake about it, the Bradley vs. Pacquiao fight has guaranteed a bout between two of the greatest in the sport today.
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