Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines regained the World Boxing Orgnization welterweight title by beating Timothy Bradley of the USA by unanimous decision in their rematch Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Glenn Trowbridge scored it 118-110, while Michael Pernick and Craig Metcalf had it 116-112 each, all for Pacquiao.
Pacquiao landed 35 percent of his 563 punches, while Bradley connected with just 22 percent of his 627 blows. Pacquiao landed 23 per cent of his jab to Bradley’s 11 percent.
The new champion also landed 148 power punches to Bradley’s 109.
After the decision was announced, Bradley congratulated Pacquiao.
“You fought well and you deserved to win,” said Bradley.
Pacquiao was on a 15-fight winning streak when Bradley was awarded a split decision in their last bout in June 2012.
He went for a knockout in the rematch as his trainer, Freddie Roach, demanded one.
“I didn’t want to get careless,” said Pacquiao (56-6-2, 38 KOs). “I picked up more steam in the second half when I made adjustments that Freddie gave me in the corner. Bradley was much better than in the first fight we had. He hurt me on the chin.”
Bradley (31-1), previously undefeated and has never been stopped, also went for a knockout.
“I kept trying to throw something over the top. That’s what we worked on in camp. That was the plan, but Pacquiao has great footwork,” said Bradley.
The Filipino won the early rounds as his left consistently found its target.
Bradley got his moments in the fourth and fifth rounds, wobbling Pacquiao twice with a right hand.
Pacquiao stared taking control in the middle rounds and had Bradley in trouble late in the seventh round with a combination.
Bradley lost steam in the later rounds and wasn’t as aggressive.