Tonight's main event was a bit of a roller coaster. The third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley started off as a technical battle, but abruptly turned into a number of rousing moments where two top-flight fighters went right at one another.
Ultimately Pacquiao's speed was just on another level, and Bradley, who is a talented athlete himself, just couldn't keep up with him. Pacquiao scored two official knockdowns in the fight and all three judges rendered scores of 116-110 in his favor. I scored the fight 115-111 Pacquiao for BLH.
Whether or not this was the last we'll ever see of Manny Pacquiao in a boxing ring remains to be seen. He said he has a commitment to his family and to the people of the Philippines to retire, but he didn't exactly rule out a return. One thing is for certain, Pacquiao still has the skill and speed to compete at the highest level of the sport. Pacquiao admitted he had no setbacks with his surgically repaired right shoulder tonight, and he certainly appeared to use it effectively in spots throughout the fight.
Timothy Bradley was very gracious in defeat and even had a laugh at his own knockdown - in the ninth round when Pacquiao caught him clean with a hard left hand. Then, in a moment of mutual admiration -- and perhaps to the slight irritation of Max Kellerman -- Pacquiao and Bradley hashed out the details for a brunch date in the middle of the on-air interview.
But by the end of the night, Pacquiao essentially proved what pretty much everybody already knew all along; Pacquiao is just the better fighter. For all things that are boxing, there's no controversy in that.