Manny Pacquiao delivered a couple of knockdowns in the seventh and ninth rounds, solid punches, and consistent defense as he won on three judges scorecard 116-110 to finally close his rivalry with Timothy Bradley and announce his retirement.
Pacquaio’s professional record now stands at 58-6-2, 38 KO while Timothy Bradley is 33-2-1, 13 KO after their third fight. Contrary to Bradley’s controversial win over Pacman in 2012, Pacquiao had a dazzling array of hits, defensive blocks, dodges and the relentless combination we have seen from him in his younger peak days en route to an unanimous decision.
Manny Pacquiao has said he is retiring after this fight, “Yes, I am retired,” Pacquiao said. “I want to go home to my family and serve the people.”, but whether that actually happens remain to be seen. Whatever the decision of Pacman, the important thing is that his last fight may not be the greatest we have seen from him but it is one of the best fights for a retiring great boxer.
The fight didn’t generate a lot of buzz and speculation of Pacman’s brilliance was in question as 11 months ago his performance against Floyd Mayweather has been underwhelming. The fight went well as both fighters showed they are still on top of their game for their age with Pacman being faster and better defensively, as Bradley noted — “He was a step ahead of me,” Bradley observed afterward. “I was supposed to be a step ahead of him.”. Pacquiao went out blazing on the first round a good starting point for recovery from all the negative buzz generated from his last fight.
Two more years down the road before we can finally conclude if Pacquiao is really retiring but whatever happens, this fight has been a good career ender for Manny Pacquiao.