Bryan Vasquez outclassed young Jose Felix Jr tonight in the opening bout of the Pacquiao-Bradley pay-per-view from Las Vegas, but in reality came away a bit lucky to win the decision, taking scores of 117-110, 114-113, and 114-113, the latter two of which would have been 114-114 and resulting in a majority draw if not for a point taken in round nine from Felix.
Vasquez (33-1, 17 KO) outworked Felix (26-1-1, 21 KO) and set the pace and tone of the fight pretty early, making Felix's hyped power look pretty ordinary along the way. He was able to give Felix a bit of a lesson in this one, too, as he looked like a much more well-rounded, mentally strong fighter, while Felix resorted to low blows and even a knee to the groin in the ninth round, which is where the ultimately deciding point came in the fight.
BLH scored the bout 118-109 for Vasquez, who appeared the clearly deserving winner from our eye. HBO's Harold Lederman, who gave Felix more early rounds than we did, scored it 116-111 for Vasquez.
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