It turns out that reports of Manny Pacquiao's demise were premature. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, the eight-division champion looked a lot like the Pacman of old, giving the fans an exciting fight and handling a world-class competitor.
Against a younger and stronger opponent, Pacquiao stood up to an early mauling to adjust and use his speed and agility to pull away during the middle rounds.
It was vindication for Pacquiao's June 2012 split-decision loss to Bradley, considered among the most controversial in recent years. All three judges scored the fight for Pacquiao and handed him back the WBO welterweight title by unanimous decision.
This was a closer fight than the last one and more exciting. Bradley demonstrated that he was a warrior. And Pacquiao proved he is still among the sport's elite.