Welterweight

Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 Scorecard: Pac-Man's Win Was Right Decision

Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, along with his corner and trainer, Freddie Roach, left, celebrate his unanimous decision victory over Timothy Bradley just after their WBO World Welterweight championship boxing match, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Eric Jamison
Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 13, 2014

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 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. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 12:  Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley battle it out during their WBO world welterweight championship boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision.  (Photo
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Even Pacquiao acknowledged after the fight that Bradley was competitive, per Isaac Estrada of Real Boxing News:

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.

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