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Pacquiao vs. Bradley Rematch: Pac-Man and Desert Storm Must Seek 3rd Bout

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 12:  Manny Pacquiao follows through on a right hand to Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

Manny Pacquiao made up for his controversial 2012 loss to Timothy Bradley on Saturday by beating the American in Las Vegas and regaining the WBO welterweight title in the process.

All three judges had the fight for Pacquiao, 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112, per ESPN.com, handing Bradley the first defeat of his career.

And former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis felt that the right decision was made this time around:

Two years ago, Bradley beat Pacquiao on a highly contentious split decision, per BBC Sport. With each fighter having one win, there is great potential for a deciding third bout. 

The Filipino looked to be back in great form after two losses in 2012 including his loss to Bradley and a knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez.

And it would be fascinating to see a deciding fight between these two boxers, as the 30-year-old from California is now very aware of the 35-year-old's capabilities.

There is a good argument to suggest that a third bout is unnecessary, as Pacquiao was the winner for many on both occasions.

This includes the fighter, who felt he deserved to win the first meeting in June 2012, per ESPN.com:  

In the first fight against Tim Bradley, I was over it before I returned to the dressing room. To Freddie Roach and me, and apparently everyone else who watched the fight -- except for two [judges] -- I won the fight.

The first thing I said to Freddie when we saw each other in the dressing after the fight was, ‘He [Bradley] ran just like we knew he would.’ We never discussed or debated the decision because it was so obvious that I had won the fight and nearly every round. 

However, some people defended the judges' decision, suggesting that Bradley in fact won several rounds, including MaxBoxing.com's Steve Kim:

And with that in mind, Bradley must push for a third fight against Pac-Man and compete for a deserved win, which is a possibility.

Keep in mind that "Desert Storm" was undefeated before Saturday and has beaten the likes of Marquez in the past, so there is no doubt he is a top fighter.

Indeed, many were predicting a second Bradley win against Pacquiao, including Sportsvibe's Ian Stafford:

And Pacquiao must want to claim a second win over the American to let the record books show his superiority.

Meanwhile, a great deal of people will be pushing for a superfight between the two generation-defining fighters of recent years, Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

However, the organisation of that particular contest has been so plagued by controversy that there is no guarantee of it ever going ahead.

In the absence of Mayweather as an opponent, Pacquiao should look to take on Bradley again, who provides a significant challenge. 

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