Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley to win WBO welterweight title

Jeff Gross

Manny Pacquiao won the WBO welterweight championship with an exciting unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley in their highly anticipated rematch.

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met in a highly anticipated rematch tonight live on HBO pay-per-view. The first time the two men met, it was Bradley who took home a controversial decision.

Pacquiao would get his revenge tonight, winning a unanimous decision in a very exciting fight.

In the early stages of the fight, both men were swinging with wild combinations of power punches. Bradley actually managed to lift Pacquiao off the canvas with a big right hand but Pacquiao kept coming, unloading with some huge shots himself.

Bradley's tremendous chin did well to keep him in the fight, as he was pressuring Pacquiao and finding good success, keeping the fight close to even for the first half of the fight.

Unfortunately, Bradley couldn't keep it up and he slowed considerably in the second half of the fight. Where he had been the pressure fighter for the majority of the early portion of the fight, suddenly he was moving backward and looking to bait Pacquiao into running into a massive knockout blow.

It was the Juan Manuel Marquez strategy, and it just never paid off for Bradley as the rounds piled up against him.

Pacquiao began to land some huge combinations down the stretch, leaving Bradley to do not much beyond waive him on and continue to try to catch a counter.

At the end of the fight the SB Nation scorecard sat at 116-112, not too far off from the official scores of 116-112, 116-112, 118-110.

Pacquiao won the WBO world welterweight title with the decision, while Bradley suffered his first ever career loss.

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