Although the margin of victory was a bit too wide on one of the scorecards, Manny Pacquiao deserved to win his rematch against Timothy Bradley on Saturday night.
With so much controversy surrounding the scores from the first meeting, all eyes were on the final numbers from the judges this time around.
The official judges scored it a unanimous decision for Pacquiao. Here are the specifics per Box Rec:
Michael Pernick 116-112, Glenn Trowbridge 118-110, Craig Metcalfe 116-112
Heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis likened this bout to the first meeting, but said only the result was just this time:
The only difference in this fight was the judges got it right this time. Bradley is a warrior. Just not in Mannys league. #PacBradley— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) April 13, 2014
The eight-point margin was a bit far fetched. Bradley had a good amount of success early in the fight. He even stunned Pacquiao in the fourth round.
Bradley was the quicker fighter early and his elusiveness was giving Pacquiao problems. Bradley was effectively going to the body in the first five rounds as well.
Even Pacquiao acknowledged after the fight that Bradley was competitive, per Isaac Estrada of Real Boxing News:
"Good fight. He gave me a good fight. I listen to my corner, hands up, timing." Pacquiao— Isaac Estrada (@RealBoxingNews) April 13, 2014
Had he kept that approach, the outcome of the fight could have been different. A lack of patience and poise hurt Bradley as much as any punch Pacquiao landed on Saturday.
Once Bradley stunned Pacquiao in the fourth round, he began to wing wild counter punches. It looked as though he hoped to land a blow similar to the one Juan Manuel Marquez landed against Pacquiao in Dec. 2012.
Even a former Bradley foe noticed the peculiar strategy:
By the end of the sixth round, Bradley was gassed.
Pacquiao showed great composure throughout the fight. He took some wild shots, but because Bradley isn't a big puncher, Pacquiao was able to absorb them.
The fans, HBO and Top Rank Boxing's announce teams overreacted with every Pacquiao combination. The crowd's reaction may have influenced the judges a bit. That could possibly explain the large margin of victory on Trowbridge's card.
Nonetheless, the right man won the fight, and there's no disputing the result this time around.