Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley both came out and fought 100 mph tonight, resulting in a great fight, but one where Pacquiao was simply better than Bradley. This time, he got the scores: 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110, all for Manny Pacquiao, who is once again the WBO welterweight champion.
Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO) and Bradley (31-1, 12 KO) were about dead even through six rounds, but Manny took over from there, as Bradley tired and might have suffered some sort of minor injury. Pacquiao's speed, angles, and power all looked like, well, The Old Manny Pacquiao, while Bradley certainly lived up to his talk of trying to knock Pacquiao out in the fight.
In short, it was a terrific battle, and the right man won a better fight than we saw in 2012, settling the score. After the fight, the two warriors embraced, traded smiles, and Bradley clapped for Manny being announced the deserving winner.
During the bout, Bradley's trainer Joel Diaz lambasted his fighter for fighting stupidly, which was indeed the consensus opinion of the fans and media discussing the bout on Twitter. Bradley was easily drawn into a firefight, where Manny just had the advantage.
"You can't say nothing bad about Manny," Bradley told Max Kellerman after the fight. "He's the best fighter in the world, eight-division world champion. I lost to one of the best in the world, man."
Bradley did say he felt he'd suffered a strained calf in the fight, which it did appear was the case around the seventh round. But while Bradley did say that he felt the injury occurred, he also said he wasn't making an excuse, and did nothing but congratulate Pacquiao for the win.
Will there be a third fight? Maybe someday. Maybe someday not too long from now. They're both top fighters, both under the same promoter, and there's only so many fights out there for them, especially at this level.