Manny Pacquiao has just left quite the exclamation point on what would be the last fight of his lucrative career.
Pacquiao faced Timothy Bradley Jr. for the third time tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
All three judges scored the fight at 116-110, all in favor of Pacquiao.
Bradley seemed to have had the upperhand in the first three rounds, with Pacquiao seemingly having issues with his shoulders (in which he denied after the fight, stating that he was waiting to land a counter punch, but couldn’t since Bradley was waiting for one).
Nonetheless, Pacquiao kept moving in on Bradley for the majority of the fight, with Bradley constantly backing away.
Things took a big turn when Bradley was knocked down in round seven. Bradley denied that it was a knocked down in the post-fight interview with Max Kellerman.
Bradley came back strong in round eight, landing combos and pushing Pacquiao to the ropes, with Pacquiao reportedly telling Bradley, “You got me!”
Pacquiao rebounded really quickly. In the ninth round, Pacquiao landed a clean left upper cut, sending Bradley to the canvas and almost forcing him to tumble backwards.
Pacquiao has not fought in 350 days (his last fight was against Floyd Mayweather back in May of last year). Since then, he has been recovering from his right shoulder surgery and focusing on politics in the Philippines. He is running for Senator.
Manny has been pretty vocal about wanting to focus much of his attention on his political career and doing charity work after retiring.
Manny Pacquiao has been nothing but a national hero to Filipinos everywhere. I just want to take the time to say, thank you, Manny, for all that you have done. Pacquiao truly is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and it was an honor to watch him.
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