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Filipinos shout: Pacquiao made it!
True enough. Pacquiao regained World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) after scoring a unanimous victory against Bradley.
With his convincing victory, Pacquiao avenged his controversial split decision loss to Bradley two years ago and handed the 30-year-old dethroned champion his first loss in 32 fights.
Pacquiao, 35, improved his ring record to 56-5-2 with 38 wins via knockout and said his journey in boxing will continue at least in the next two years.
”I proved tonight that my journey in boxing will continue. Timothy is not an easy boxer. He is a great boxer but thanked God who had given me this victory,” Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview.
Except in the third round, Bradley was the busier fighter almost in the first half of the fight but the Filipino boxing icon came back strong and dominated the last six rounds to bring back home the world welterweight crown.
Pacquiao weakened Bradley’s legs with a flurry of punches towards the end of the sixth round and series of combinations midway in the seventh round.
Bradley tried to impress the crowd with his showboating in the eighth round but Pacqauiao kept his poise and slowed down again the American fighter monickered “The Desert Storm” in the ninth with a strong left cross.
In the final 20 seconds of the fight, Pacquiao suffered a big cut on his left eyebrow but the referee ring physician allowed the fight to continue, with Pacquiao putting finishing touches using another combo.