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Pacquiao Loses Close Decision To Bradley In Hotly Contested Title Fight

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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met the night of June 9, 2012 for the first
time in the ring. Pacquiao arrived about twenty minutes late while Bradley waited
nervously in the waiting area. This act alone did not help Manny with the
ring officials and judges. By the end of the fight, the scoring was slightly in Bradley's
favor by winning 115:113 on the Ford and Ross cards and 115-113 on Roth's card.
There were many boos from the crowd after the split decision was announced.

Only the 10th round went solidly in Bradley's favor by all three judges.
Clearly, this was Bradley's best round. Pacquiao was less aggressive in the
last three rounds and this may have cost him the fight. In addition, Bradley
threw straight body punches; whereas, Pacquiao threw a number of flurries
which may have been difficult for the judges to score uniformly because the
positioning of the body changes in unpredictable formations.

Pacquiao threw straight lefts which confused Bradley in the first and second
rounds. Bradley didn't move his head enough in the third round. By the fourth
round, Bradley did not have enough fire power to keep Pacquiao off. He traded
too much with Pacquiao in the fifth round. This was a mistake because Bradley
has a slight power deficit to Pacquiao. By the end of the fifth round, Pacquiao
had quite a bit of blood from a cut tongue. By the seventh round, Bradley
looked discouraged.

In the ninth round, Pacquiao landed straight lefts. He had a good defense
and Bradley's timing was way off at some points. Pacquiao clearly landed more punches.
The tenth round was Bradley's best round by all accounts. Pacquiao appeared
to be less aggressive in the last two rounds, although his straight left hand
dominated most of the fight. Overall, Pacquiao landed ninety four more punches
than Bradley and amazingly still lost the fight.

In the post-fight interview, Bradley stated that he would have to see the tapes before
commenting any further. Pacquiao took the loss with grace, although his family and
corner were clearly disappointed. Both fighters were predisposed to having a November
rematch. In any rematch, Pacquiao needs to stay engaged for the entire fight.
In addition, he needs to throw more straight jabs instead of wild flurries which could
confuse the judges as to how many punches actually landed. Lastly, Pacquiao needs
to arrive on time like his opponent did.  Bradley needs to do more running and
less exercises that emphasize muscle mass. His monster muscles may get in the
way of projecting fast punching power in the ring. Overall, the fight was lively and engaging
right up to the close of the twelfth round.

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June 16, 2012
yes, this reminds me of the Dela-Hoya-Trinidad fight where Dela Hoya relaxed in the last 4 rounds to protect his lead, and this cost him the fight. Bradley did win the last 3 rounds in my opinion.
June 17, 2012
For sure, Bradley won the 10th round. I believe that Pacquiao took some time off in the last two rounds but this wasn't enough to deprive him of the victory.
June 17, 2012
yes well, depends. Some boxers do get knocked out in the 12th round (technical knockout) even when they were ahead in the score cards. The lesson here is: do not let up even when you believe you are ahead.
June 18, 2012
At most, Bradley won 3-4 rounds. That's the absolute most I would award him. Apparently, the crowd agreed.
June 18, 2012
winning the last three rounds is critical in a match.
June 19, 2012
I agree. Last impressions can be indelible. Nevertheless, Pacquiao won at least 8 rounds and some of those rounds were convincing. The Lederman card had Pacquiao ahead 11 of 12 rounds. The crowd booed. An overview of the ring is more than the judges see because each of them sits in a corner and sees a very small periphery. This is nothing like an overhead view of the fight. And so, the fans' opinion could differ substantially from what each judge sees.
June 19, 2012
one thing you do have to keep in mind too, Bradley hurt his leg around the 5th round. Pacquiao still could not put him away. that is saying something.
June 19, 2012
I don't think that either one is getting knocked out. The fight will go the distance between these two fighters.
June 25, 2012
Bradley won the 10th and only round. Pacquiao slacked off a bit in the 11th and 12th. This may have been one of the reasons he lost the fight. The fans rightly booed after the decision was announced.
June 29, 2012
eh....Pacquiao still got paid. I mean he did not care, and he even showed up late with no warm ups. He may have known that he was going to lose....just a theory.
June 30, 2012
{I agree with Madpenguin's assessment.
 
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