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Bradley beats Pacquiao in shocker

By Associated Press


LAS VEGAS » Timothy Bradley didn't need big power to beat Manny Pacquiao after all.

Bradley won a contested split decision over Pacquiao, ending the Filipino fighter's remarkable run and handing him his first defeat in seven years. It didn't come easy and it wasn't without controversy, with the pro-Pacquiao crowd booing loudly when the decision was announced.

Pacquiao landed more punches and seemed to land the harder punches. But when the scorecards were added up, Bradley was up 115-113 on two scorecards and behind by the same margin on a third. The Associated Press had Pacquiao winning 117-111.

Pacquiao tried to turn the fight into a brawl, using his power to hurt Bradley in the early rounds. But Bradley changed tactics in the middle rounds and used his boxing skills to win enough rounds to take the narrow decision for the welterweight title.

"I thought I won the fight," Bradley said. "I didn't think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn't feel his power."

Ringside punching statistics showed Pacquiao landing 253 punches to 159 for Bradley, who vowed before the fight to take the 147-pound title from Pacquiao.

Bradley was so confident that he had oversized tickets printed up for a Nov. 10 rematch that will now likely happen.

Bradley seemed hurt in the fourth and fifth rounds, but Pacquiao had trouble landing big punches after that. Still, he seemed in control of the fight everywhere but on the scorecards.

"Can you believe that? Unbelievable," promoter Bob Arum said. "I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, 'I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy.' "

Bradley said he hurt his ankle in the second round, and that trainer Joel Diaz said he could either quit or try to take the fight to Pacquiao.

"I did my best," Pacquiao said. "I guess my best wasn't good enough."

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primowarrior wrote:
Pacquiao wasn't beaten by Bradley. He was beaten by crooked judges.
on June 10,2012 | 01:52AM
droid wrote:
If the Nevada Boxing Commission fails to investigate the judging in this bout, the Attorney General should. It’s time to end the absurd level of corruption tainting this sport.
on June 10,2012 | 02:02AM
A very sad day for the sport of Boxing..It's turning into a WWF circus..Good fight Manny
on June 10,2012 | 02:18AM
pukashell wrote:
Major marketing strategy win for the Promoter, PPv, MGM.
on June 10,2012 | 03:30AM
soshaljustic wrote:
MGM lost the days of Mayer movie making and old Hollywood-guess it has to raise fiction where it can make a dollar on new starz, and shows why the old-timers had problems previously being trivialized for created and fictionalized new talents! Manny was a very Charismatic Champion and will be dearly and clearly missed from holding this title. The humble Filipino powerhouse portrayed what we Americans and Filipinos love and idolize in the humble underdog Champ story of an all around Good Guy being truthful, honest, and caring toward his fellow!
on June 10,2012 | 04:01AM
Graham wrote:
People it was a boxing match...not the end of the world. Celtics lost... just a basketball game...not the end of the world.
on June 10,2012 | 06:34AM
daddyboy wrote:
I like how Bob Arum acts like he so surprised.He learn everything from the master thief-Don King. It's no wonder MMA is so popular now. The crooks that infest boxing is incredible!!!
on June 10,2012 | 08:26AM
tsushimama wrote:
There should be a national governing body that controls boxing like NFL, NBA, and MBL. Thee is no consequence for incompetence and, worse, possible corruption in both judhing and arranging fights. I watched the fight twice and even looking at it in the most favorable light for Bradley it wasn't very close. Harder punches, more effective punches all were coming from Manny. I have seen a bunch of bad decisions over the years, this takes the cake.
on June 10,2012 | 09:39AM
bumba wrote:
Well, the silver lining is: Manny, Bradley and Arum will all become fabulously rich from the rematch.
on June 10,2012 | 10:47AM
Kaicanoe1 wrote:
I for one would not be at all interested in a rematch. MMA is the sport to watch now. Boxing has been spoiled rotten, as seen by the scores given by the judges. Boxing is getting to be like wrestling, entertainment, a show, not a sport..
on June 10,2012 | 01:22PM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
A shocking robbery
on June 10,2012 | 09:50PM