Pacquiao reclaims title in unanimous decision
MANNY Pacquiao avenged his controversial 2012 loss to Timothy Bradley Jr with an emphatic decision win over the American in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The Filipino won the bout on all three judges' scorecards, outboxing and outworking Bradley over the 12 rounds to win back the title he lost in June 2012, a fight most observers thought Pacquiao had won comfortably.
Last weekend, two judges scored the fight 116-112 to Pacquiao, while the third had him a 118-110 winner.
The Filipino ring icon improved to 56-5 with two drawn and 38 wins inside the distance.
Although he couldn't get his first knockout win since 2009, he lived up to his pre-fight promise to come out with more aggression, denying Bradley's avowed aim of sending him into retirement with another defeat.
"I think I can go another two years," said Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions. "I'm so happy to be world champion again. Tim Bradley was not an easy fight."
Bradley, who said he fought from the first round with a right calf injury, fell to 31-1, with 12 knockouts. "Life goes on," he said of his first pro defeat. "It's back to the gym. Not a big deal."