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Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Timothy Bradley Greatest Hits

Timothy Bradley put together a breakout 2013 after his controversial 2012 win over Manny Pacquiao. Check out highlights of his wins over Juan Manuel Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov, and more, ahead of his April 12 rematch with Pacquiao.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

July 17, 2010, def. Luis Carlos Abregu (UD-12)

What We Say Now: Bradley's HBO debut sort of came and went, as he moved up to welterweight for a one-off fight while he figured out his next move at 140 pounds. It was a solid win, but not much to dream on, in all honesty.

What We Said Then: "Bradley (26-0, 11 KO) called out Manny Pacquiao after the fight, but also made challenges to 140-pound contenders Devon Alexander, Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana. ... Abregu never had anyone excited about his extremely bright future in the past, but he was generally always a good bet to put on an exciting fight. Tonight he couldn't find any rhythm whatsoever, only landed a few really good shots, and just wasn't on Bradley's level."

January 29, 2011, def. Devon Alexander (TD-10)

What We Say Now: Bradley-Alexander was one of the biggest flops in recent "big fight" history, as Don King -- then Alexander's promoter -- booked the cavernous and basically abandoned Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, where neither man had a fan following whatsoever. The outdated building hosted few attendees on fight night, and the bout wasn't much to look at, either, but Bradley proved his superiority on the night, which was cut short when Alexander was cut on the eyelid.

What We Said Then: "Final CompuBox numbers of a competitive fight were very close. Alexander landed 129 of 475 punches (27%), including 98 of 304 power punches (32%). Bradley landed 128 of 419 punches (31%), and 89 of 257 power shots (35%). But it was Bradley's sometimes over-the-top, sometimes straight right hand that did the fight's most damage, at least not counting the many accidental (ruled) headbutts, one of which opened a bad cut on Alexander's right eyelid, and the final that opened a stinging cut just outside of Alexander's left eye, which left him unable to open his eye during the time the doctor was taking a look at him."

November 12, 2011, def. Joel Casamayor (TKO-8)

What We Say Now: Casamayor was a lousy opponent for Bradley, who was making his Top Rank debut on the Pacquiao-Marquez III undercard. At any rate, the predictable dud fight did lead to Bradley facing Pacquiao in June 2012, ahead of schedule, at least as far as most expected.

What We Said Then: "After three knockdowns, a docked point, and zero excitement, Timothy Bradley stopped washed-up Joel Casamayor late in the eighth round to retain his belt in his Top Rank debut. Bradley (28-0, 12 KO) didn't lose a second of this miserable fight, and Casamayor's trainer ended the fight at 2:59 of the eighth round after another knockdown. Low blows and headbutts were involved as expected, and Casamayor (38-6-1, 22 KO) just had nothing left. Those who have seen Casamayor in the ring in the last few years knew what to expect and got that much -- or perhaps less."

June 9, 2012, def. Manny Pacquiao (SD-12)

What We Say Now: Bradley didn't deserve the victory, but also didn't deserve the backlash from the bad judging performances. All Bradley did was fight.

What We Said Then: "In the early rounds, Manny Pacquiao controlled a lot of the action with his straight left hand, but though he bombed away at Bradley and wobbled him a couple of times, he was never close to stopping him or anything like that. If you gave Tim Bradley rounds earlier in the fight, this was close. Obviously, that happened with the ringside judges. Bradley (29-0, 12 KO) did close the fight pretty well, and didn't fight poorly. But he appeared to many of us to be outgunned and overpowered in the fight."

March 16, 2013, def. Ruslan Provodnikov (UD-12)

What We Say Now: Provodnikov put a nasty beating on Bradley, but Bradley did indeed deserve the win, escaping the fight by the skin of his teeth in the majority pick for 2013 Fight of the Year.

What We Said Then: "This is a fight that is going to be in the Fight of the Year race through the rest of 2013. When the year-end awards come in, don't be surprised if this hasn't been topped nine months later. ... Bradley, to his immense credit, took some punishing blows, and somehow managed to stay on his feet until the very end. Though he'd wobbled several times during the fight, he wasn't officially down until the tail end of the 12th round, and even then, he'd survived a full minute of a Provodnikov onslaught, first getting badly hurt with about 50 seconds left in the fight, and then again with about 30 seconds late. With less than 10 seconds on the clock, Bradley finally went down, but he got to his feet and time expired."

October 12, 2013, def. Juan Manuel Marquez (SD-12)

What We Say Now: In a career-best win -- at least considering the fact that most people believe he won this fight -- Bradley topped the man who had bested Pacquiao by knockout 10 months prior. The victory also earned him the rematch with Pacquiao.

What We Said Then: "Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) now has a more legitimate major victory on his resume to replace his controversial 2012 win over Manny Pacquiao. Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO) was outboxed, outquicked, and just didn't do enough in many of the rounds, and though they were pretty much all competitive, it's hard to not feel like Marquez just lost this one because Bradley was able to control much of the fight with a sharp jab, and slip a lot of Marquez's power shots. Marquez, as usual, didn't look comfortable in taking the lead for the dance, which left Bradley able to pump that jab into Marquez's face."

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