Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley
HBO Pay-Per-View Boxing Presents World Welterweight Championship: Pacquiao vs Bradley
June 9, 2011
9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT (check out other time zones)
For the third consecutive time, Manny Pacquiao headlines a big boxing event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to defend his WBO Welterweight title for the fourth time.
After defending his title against nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez last November via a controversial Majority Decision win in his favor, Pacquiao returns inside the ring. Challenging him this time is undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley, the current WBO Light Welterweight Champion who moves up in weight trying to steal Pacquiao’s title and reign as one of the top two best pound for pound boxers in the world.
Rumors of Bradley facing Pacquiao already swirled before the Pacman’s fight with Marquez. After talks of a Mayweather super-fight fell again, a fourth fight with Marquez, second with Miguel Cotto, and first with Bradley and Lamont Peterson were in talks. Top Rank ultimately decided with Bradley after Cotto signed on to fight Mayweather last May.
Being the larger, stronger and more accomplished fighter, Pacquiao is favored to win this fight. Bradley is undefeated and that works for him as he is a slight 4-1 underdog.
Bradley won a contested split decision over Pacquiao, with judges Ford and Ross scoring the fight 115-113 for Bradley and Roth scoring the fight 115-113 for Pacquiao. The crowd loudly booed the decision.
See how they scored the fight round by round.
Bradley is now the new WBO Weterweight Champion for the world. This fight gave Pacquiao his first defeat in seven years and his 15-fight winning streak was broken. Bradley remains undefeated.
The decision was criticized by other observers, with the Associated Press scoring the fight 117-113 in favor of Pacquia, the Los Angeles Times scoring the fight 117-111 in favor of Pacquiao, and ESPN scoring the fight 119-109 in favor of Pacquiao.
The CompuBox statistics even gave the wide edge to Pacquiao.