How Timothy Bradley Defeated Manny Pacquiao
Bradley may not have brought Pacquiao down, but he did manage to pilfer a title belt from the champion’s waist and earned the honor of being the underdog who ended Pacquiao’s seven-year flurry.
Timothy Bradley of the US defeated Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines via a split decision, bagging the WBO Welterweight title, June 9, 2012. Two judges, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross, both scored 115-113 in favor of Bradley while one judge, Jerry Roth, have the same score but favoring Pacquiao.
Although they still have business to finish in a compulsory rematch come November 2012, it can’t be denied that this is a smear on Manny Pacquiao’s astonishing records.
Manny Pacquiao’s First Three Losing Moments
Until Bradley came, there were only three moments that Manny Pacquiao faced defeat. One was with fellow Filipino Rustico Torrecampo back in February 9, 1996 where he was knocked out in the third round. He was underweight and has to wear heavier gloves back then to tip the scales.
Second was when he was knocked out again in the third round by Medgoen Singsurat of Thailand on September 17, 1999. He was overweight for the fight.
The third time was in a unanimous decision in favor of Mexican Erik Morales on March 19, 2005. Coincidentally, the score back them was also 115-113. Pacquiao later took revenge and meet Morales in two more fights where beat Morales both by knockouts.
After that, Pacquiao was in a winning streak, conquering his next fifteen bouts, until Bradley came.
Timothy Bradley – The Fourth Man to Beat Manny Pacquiao
Timothy Bradley is in a roll himself, keeping his record clean of losses. After defeating Manny Pacquiao, his record reads 29 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws, 1 no contest. How he defeated Pacquiao is out of everyone’s mind until after the judges submitted their scorecards.
Almost everyone thought Pacquiao threw and landed the most punches. Unofficial scorecards are all in his favor. But the official scorecards read contradictory.
Pacquiao may have ruled the first half of the 12-round fight. But after failing to pin Bradley down in the early rounds, Pacquiao seemed to have lost speed in the remaining rounds. He may have been setting a trap on those remaining rounds to go in for a kill in order to give his fans a more satisfying finish, but he did not succeed.
Bradley, on the other hand, after brawling with Pacquiao in the early rounds, knew he could no longer meet Pacquiao head-on after injuring his left foot, and changed his plans midway the game. While Pacquiao is waiting for the fish that never came, Bradley outwitted him by boxing more strategically, thus landing more punches. Those punches might not hurt Pacquiao physically, but they added up on Bradley’s score. Pacquiao may have been a little careless.
So when the time came for the decision, Bradley came in with a narrow margin over Pacquiao, thus claiming the title of being the one who defeated a pound for pound champion.