Eight division world champion, Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38KOs), claimed the WBO International Welterweight title tonight, scoring a unanimous decision victory against Timothy Bradley (33-2-1, 13KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was the third time the pair had met inside the squared circle, and once again Pacquaio dominated the affair, sending Bradley to the canvas in both the seventh and the ninth rounds before claiming a comfortable victory on points.
At the end of the evening, all three judges at ringside scored the contest 116-110.
Bradley did have his moments in the fight, in particular, during the eighth round, he was able to catch Pacquiao with a stinging left, forcing him to clinch.
Perhaps the most memorable event of the evening came at the start of the final round when both fighters touched gloves and momentarily embraced one another while the crowd chanted “Manny, Manny!”.
“I was looking for a knockout in every round,” Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview. “He’s a very tough fighter and a very good counter-puncher. Bradley is a good boxer, a great fighter, and a good man. It was not easy tonight, [and] my right shoulder was fine. It gave me no problems.”
“Manny was very strong in there. Very heavy punches. He was also very patient,” said, Bradley. “I wasn’t professional enough to stay patient myself, and I walked into shots.”
When asked if this was the end of the road, Manny replied: “Yes, as of now I am retired. I am going to go home and think about it, but I want to be with my family. I want to serve the people [in the Philippines].”