Tonight at 9:00 pm EDT on HBO pay-per-view, Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring for what is being advertised as the final time, as the 37-year-old Filipino legend comes back to face Timothy Bradley for the third time in a 12-round welterweight main event.
Pacquiao (56-7-1, 38 KO) hasn't fought in 11 months and is coming off of not just a loss, but a shoulder surgery, as well. Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KO) is looking to get what he calls a "decisive" victory over Pacquiao, after scoring a highly controversial win in 2012, followed by Pacquiao winning their 2014 rematch.
There will be three fights on the PPV undercard, opening with Jose Ramirez (16-0, 12 KO) facing Manny Perez (25-11-1, 6 KO) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout, followed by Oscar Valdez (18-0, 16 KO) taking on Evgeny Gradovich (21-1-1, 9 KO) in a 10-round featherweight fight. The main undercard attraction will be a WBO super middleweight title fight between Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KO) and Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KO).
Wil Esco will be here for live round by round updates. Join us for the fights!
MANNY PACQUIAO def. TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR by unanimous decision (116-110, 116-110, 116-110)
GILBERTO RAMIREZ def. ARTHUR ABRAHAM by unanimous decision (120-108, 120-108, 120-108)
OSCAR VALDEZ def. EVGENY GRADOVICH by TKO (2:14 of round 4)
JOSE RAMIREZ def. MANNY PEREZ by unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92, 99-91)
ROUND BY ROUND
MANNY PACQUIAO vs TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR.
Round 2: Bradley throws a two punch combination, doesn't land clean but made contact. Pacquiao tries to time the left, doesn't get it just yet. Pacquiao stalking Bradley, Bradley comes back with a two punch combination. Bradley throwing the jab, just establishing the range back on the outside. Pacquiao lands a left. Close round, Pacquiao edges it. Pacquiao 10-9, 19-19.
ARTHUR ABRAHAM vs GILBERTO RAMIREZ
OSCAR VALDEZ vs EVGENY GRADOVICH
Round 1: Hard counter right lands for Valdez to open the fight. Gradovich comes forward but Valdez is countering his aggression pretty comfortably. Valdez boxing on the outside, landing singular punches as Gradovich comes forward and circling around - doing so very effectively. Good round for Valdez. Valdez 10-9.
Round 2: Gradovich comes into the second round with a cut over his eye. This round Valdez standing his ground a bit more, landing vicious shots to the body. Valdez looking much more comfortable in the ring than Gradovich, landing clean shots seemingly at will. Valdez clearly the much more talented fighter in this match-up. Valdez landing, circling, and repeating. Gradovich suffers another cut. Valdez 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: This fight pretty much resembles a bullfighter vs. a one-dimensional bull - Gradovich comes forward, Valdez makes him pay and gets out of harm's way. Valdez is really having his way in this fight, hitting Gradovich with anything he wants and mixing up his attack. Valdez 10-9.
Round 4: The fourth round is more of the same, Gradovich stalks forward, blocking punches with his face. Gradovich's isn't looking so good, his face visibly marked up. HARD LEFT HOOK DROPS GRADOVICH! Fight is over! VALDEZ TKO-4.
JOSE RAMIREZ vs MANNY PEREZ
Round 1: Ramirez comes out behind a lot of jabs, getting off to a quick start. Hard left hook to the body lands low for Perez - referee warns him to keep 'em up. Ramirez going right back to the jab and being very liberal with them, mixing in some combinations. Ramirez really starting to tee off on Perez now, who then quickly lands a big right of his own. Good round for Ramirez. 10-9 Ramirez.
Round 2: Ramirez lands a good left hook as Perez comes forward. Perez continues to come forward but takes plenty of jabs for his trouble. Nice left hook lands for Perez, Ramirez retaliates with a left hook to the body. Ramirez complains to the referee about another Perez low blow. Perez continues to target the body. Better round for Perez, but I think Ramirez edges it. 10-9 Ramirez.
Round 3: Perez coming forward really aggressively, picking up where he left off last round. Doesn't look like Ramirez can keep up the pace from the first or second round. Good left hook lands for Perez. Head clash causes a cut on Perez's face - could be a problem. Perez continues to come forward throwing hard shots to the body. His pressure seems to be having some effect on Ramirez now. 10-9 Perez, 28-29.
Round 4: Both men trading jabs. Ramirez unleashes a barrage of punches on Perez, lands some. Ramirez connecting with some uppercuts now and is picking up the pace. Ramirez unleashing lots of jabs, occasionally lining up Perez for a right hand that comes behind it. Ramirez really took it to Perez in that round. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 5: Ramirez throwing lots of punches again to open the round. Perez comes back with body shots, some of which stray low - not that he cares where they land. Ramirez doubles up on left hooks as he gets backed into the corner, circles back to the center of the ring. Perez lands a nicely-timed left to the body. Ramirez 10-9, 49-46.
Round 6: Sixth round opens with Ramirez going right back to his boxing game, throwing jabs an moving around a stalking Perez. Perez putting on a gritty performance but looks much less polished than Ramirez. Ramirez lands a another right hand behind a jab. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 7: Ramirez comes out and lands yet another right hand behind a jab that falls short. Hard left hook lands for Ramirez along the ropes, rattling Perez's jaw. The punishment appears to be accumulating on Perez. Easy round to score. Ramirez 10-9, 69-64.
Round 8: Perez's face looks busted up entering this round. Ramirez putting together three punch combinations. Perez unleashes several uppercuts in a row, none of them appear to land clean. Ramirez pumping the jab again, but Perez presses forward. Two punch combination to the body and head land for Perez. Ramirez comes back with his own combination. Left hook lands for Ramirez with just under a minute left in the round. Another round in the bank for Ramirez, but Perez making him work for it. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 9: Perez pushes into the corner for about a 30 second stretch, doesn't get too much done. Ramirez puts together three punch combinations with good frequency. Hard left to the body lands for Perez. More punches land for Ramirez, Perez is a bloody mess. Ramirez 10-9, 89-82.
Round 10: Perez comes out aggressive, with a sustained attack to the body. That seems to piss off Ramirez who is putting extra emphasis on his shots now. Double left hook lands for Ramirez. Hard punches stun Perez, this might be the end. Perez hangs tough, survives the moment. Perez still coming forward and throwing, he definitely came into this fight in good shape. Perez takes a beating to end the fight. Ramirez 10-9. BLH scores the fight for Ramirez, 99-91.