Pacquiao vs. Bradley Results: Undercard Studs That Should Be Back for Rematch

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  (L-R) Timothy Bradley lands a left to the head of Manny Pacquiao during their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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A rematch for Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley is a certainty, but there were many bright spots of the night that can't be forgotten because of a poor outcome in the main event.

Those highlights came from the men who fought before Pac-Man, and a few of them earned a chance to get back on the undercard for Pacquiao’s redemption.

All of the following boxing stars proved that they should be invited back, for one reason or another.

 

Jorge Arce and Jesus Rojas

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Jorge Arce winces in pain after suffering an unintentional foul from Jesus Rojas during their featherweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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After a controversial no-contest finish that saw an inadvertent low blow by Jesus Rojas set up an undefended punch to the side of Jorge Arce’s head, Rojas came out and called Arce a coward.

With Arce being one of the prouder and more boisterous of all the current fighters, he won’t take those comments lightly and will want a well-publicized rematch. Where better than the co-main event on the next Pacquiao card?

Neither man will want it to end in anything but a KO, so this will resemble less of a boxing match and more of a street fight—a perfect appetizer for the Pac-Man main event.

 

Guillermo Rigondeaux

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Guillermo Rigondeaux poses for a photo with his belts after knocking out Teon Kennedy during their WBA super bantamweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Ge
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After one of the most impressive amateur careers in the history of the sport, Guillermo Rigondeaux defended his WBA super bantamweight title against Teon Kennedy by putting him to sleep.

In a fight that looked one sided on paper, Rigondeaux looked as impressive as anyone could have dreamed. This young fighter is definitely getting close to a real fight against a serious contender.

If the management can get a big name to square off with Rigondeaux, the next Pacquiao PPV could be the Cuban’s coming out party.

 

Randall Bailey

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Randall Jones leaves the ring carrying the IBF welterweight championship belt after knocking out Mike Jones at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Most of the attention coming into this fight was on how Mike Jones was going to stamp his ticket to the big time by running through journeyman Randall Bailey, but that was not the case.

With the Knockout of the Night a contender for KO of the Year, Bailey sent Jones home early with a beautiful uppercut that left no questions and left no decisions for a judge.

Not only did Bailey spoil Jones’ fun and steal the vacant IBF welterweight championship, but there is no doubt that the star will be asked back in the fall.

 

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