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I am neither a boxing specialist nor a sports journalist. I am just throwing my personal thoughts and research about last Saturday’s boxing (June 9, 2012) fight between Manny Paquiao and Timothy Bradley. They were both great fighter and proven boxing geniuses.
What forced me to write about the issue is that a lot of negative comments are flying around the internet every seconds and a lot of articles are popping up about the fight. I can hear huge roar looking for the scorecard to be review.
To convince myself about the fight’s result, I made a lot of research the night after the fight and watch the fight again on my TV screen.
For the past fights of Manny Pacquiao, he was extremely very good at his profession. He always made the people entertained and amazed. Aside from his career, Manny is very religious and a man of God. However, his past 2 fights were not so impressive not like his previous fights against Oscar de La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. He made the world shocked to those fights. Manuel Marquez was his kryptonite and we can see that he had a difficulty in putting him down. Though Manuel Marquez does not have power punch yet he enabled to control Pacquiao.
Going back to Pacquiao – Bradley issue, on my opinion Manny won the entire first 9 rounds. Bradley had a hard time in getting score against Paquiao. Pacquiao threw more punches towards Bradley and nailed higher percentage punches compared to Bradley.
As I read the HBO articles whom written by Eric Raskin a boxing writer of Grantland. com, TheSweetScience.com, HBO.com and ESPN.com, scored the fight 118-110. He made also his round by round score analysis. His score is quite close to the HBO unofficial scorer Harold Lederman’s tally of 119-109. Yahoo contributor networks, Jake Emen (the Managing Editor for ProBoxing-Fans.com) also unofficially score the fight 117-111 in favor of Pacquiao.
The official score of the fight was 115-113, 113-115, 115-113 favored timothy Bradley. I know Bradley is a good fighter but during the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, I cannot see any favored score for Bradley. The maximum rounds that Timothy Bradley could win during the fight were 5 rounds.
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Final Punchstats Courtesy of Top Rank:
Timothy Bradley now brings home the WBO Welterweight Champion Belt. There are rumors that probably anytime this coming November 2012, a rematch will be happening. Most of the fans were expecting Manny to win the fight but all the expectations and analysis failed. Let’s just wait and see what will be the plans of the Top Rank Promotion for this issue.
By : Fel Amejan