Road to Pacquiao-Bradley III Part 2: 2012

Road to Pacquiao-Bradley III Part 2: 2012

By Hector Franco

June 9, 2012 will forever be a night in boxing that has divided fans. The decision granting Timothy Bradley the victory over Manny Pacquiao was met with boos and cries of robbery. Most fans and critics had Pacquiao winning a lopsided decision over Bradley. Others felt that the talks of robbery were overstated and that the bout was indeed close. There are also boxing fans that agree with the decision and believe Bradley won a close decision over Pacquiao. Regardless of where you fall in lines of scoring the bout, it’s clear that there will always be an asterisk on Bradley’s victory. 

Before the first bell rang the build up to the first fight was filled with talk of of Mayweather-Pacquiao not happening once again. Fans who ended up disappointed with May 2, 2015 will likely remember all the years and excuses by both sides as to why the bout didn’t take place sooner. In 2012, there were a couple of factors that stopped the bout from happening. Many may remember talks of a cut suffered by Pacquiao in the third Marquez fight causing the commission to not allow Pacquiao to spar until the month of April. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum even said that he was planning on building a temporary stadium to host the event. Lastly, this was the year where Floyd Mayweather offered Manny Pacquiao a flat fee of 40 million to make the fight happen. Turns out looking back fours years later, it was in Pacquiao’s best interest to turn that offer down.  He made twice that much when the fight actually took place. Mayweather moved on to face Miguel Cotto, and Pacquiao set his sights on Timothy Bradley.  

When it was originally announced that Pacquiao would be facing Timothy Bradley it was met with some mixed reaction. Many figured that Pacquiao wasn’t fighting a real welterweight. Bradley in the amateurs fought in the 150’s and faced Luis Carlos Abregu at welterweight in 2010. Pacquiao has spent most of his career below 130 pounds, and Bradley at or above 140. For these two men to meet at welterweight, there was no advantage for either man. 

Pacquiao was also given a lot of credit for facing Bradley as well. The Filipino was facing an undefeated fighter in his prime who was ranked as the best fighter in his division. The only fight missing from Bradley's resume was a bout with Amir Khan. For many fans Bradley should have been the favorite going into the fight.  Pacquiao had two performances in 2011 where he seemed to phone it in. Bradley in the press conferences promoting the bout held up a sign that exclaimed that there would be a rematch in November of that year. It turned out Bradley’s prediction was only off in pertaining to when the rematch would take place. 

The fight itself started later than usual due to a choice to wait until the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics eastern conference finals game was over. The bout started and after a close first round that could have been scored for either fighter, it seemed like another one-sided fight for Pacquiao. The commentating by HBO projected a one sided bout scoring wise. HBO’s Harold Lederman didn’t give Timothy Bradley a round until the 10th. This is where fans are divided into what rounds were close or debatable. There is a difference. A round can be close, but have a clear winner. Debatable rounds that can be scored for either fighter are harder to score. Many fans believe that Bradley did well enough in the first 3 rounds to win some of those and certainly won the last three rounds of the bout. HBO’s Harold Lederman scored the 10th and 12th rounds for Bradley. All three judges scored the final three rounds in favor of Bradley. There was certainly a disconnect between what the judges saw and what everybody else saw. What’s clear is that most people thought Pacquiao won the fight. It was a closer fight than what those who claim robbery would have you believe. However, does that mean the outcome was debatable?

Pacquiao lands a left on Timothy Bradley. Photo: Kevork Djansezian

Pacquiao lands a left on Timothy Bradley. Photo: Kevork Djansezian

Afterwards in the post fight press conference it was found that Bradley had been injured in the bout. He even came to the post fight press conference in a wheelchair. For Bradley things would only go downhill from here. Bradley was given virtually no credit for his victory over Pacquiao. Pundits and fans alike treated Bradley as an undeserving champion. Bradley was never a big draw in boxing, but he was respected. Now, Bradley wasn’t getting any respect from the boxing world. Bradley ended up sitting out the rest of 2012. 

Pacquiao gave Bradley credit for the win although he did believe that he won the bout. The PPV sold 890,000 PPV buys. Even still instead of going after a rematch with Bradley, Pacquiao decided that his rival Juan Manuel Marquez deserved a rematch more. 

On December 8th, 2012 Pacquiao and Marquez met for the fourth time. The bout financially was a success selling 1.1 million PPV buys. The fight speaks for itself. Not many bouts that are on the biggest stage in boxing actually live up or exceed the hype. Many were sour on the fight and expected another close fight where half score it for Marquez and the other half for Pacquiao. What they got was something else entirely. 

The face off for this bout was intense. There was a tension in the air and in the first two rounds it was clear that Pacquiao was more focused for this bout than he was for their third. He seemed to find an advantage by throwing more in combination while including more head movement and feints. Marquez, however, was prepared and was able to time Pacquiao in the third round and land a hard overhand right that put the Filipino on the seat of his pants. Pacquiao got up and looked determined to get right back at Marquez. He was able to payback Marquez in the fifth round as he feinted for Marquez to throw a jab and caught him with a split entry straight left. Marquez’s glove touched the canvass, and now the fight turned into a full on war.  Pacquiao was getting the better of the war and seemed on the verge of finally stopping his rival. Then the ten-second bell rang signifying the end of the sixth round. And then it happened. Marquez timed one of Pacquiao’s double jab feints and ran him straight into a perfectly timed right hand. Pacquiao was put to sleep. The fight was over and a bloodied Marquez celebrated the greatest victory of his career. 

Marquez celebrates his knockout victory over a fallen Pacquiao. Photo: HBO

Marquez celebrates his knockout victory over a fallen Pacquiao. Photo: HBO

The fight went on to win Ring Magazine’s fight of the year and knockout of the year.  The fifth round won the round of the year. Marquez was given fighter of the year honors. These awards were all deserved. This was Pacquiao’s first knockout loss since the 1990’s. Pacquiao was finally in a fight where he looked invested in its outcome and he was knocked for his trouble. 

After 2012, both Pacquiao and Bradley’s careers seemed to be headed to an unknown destination. There were more questions than answers. How would Pacquiao come back from such a devastating knockout loss? How would Bradley come back after the reception he received after the Pacquiao decision. 2013 would prove to be a year of reflection and rest for Pacquiao. For Bradley it was a year of redemption. 

Who did you have winning the first Pacquiao-Bradley fight?

Below are the scorecards of the media who scored the bout. How does your scorecard compare? Share you comments below. 

•    Armando Alvarez, Telemundo: 115-113 Pacquiao
•    Ramon Aranda, 3MoreRounds.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Allen Barra, The Atlantic: 119-110 Pacquiao
•    Bart Barry, 15rounds.com: 116-115 Bradley
•    Skip Bayless, ESPN: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Alexander Belenky, Sport-Express.ru: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Ron Borges, Boston Herald: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    BoxingSocialist.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Brent Brookhouse, SBNation.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Steve Bunce, BoxNation.com/BBC: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Ryan Burton, BoxingScene.com: 117-112 Pacquiao
•    Mario Cabrera, The Boxing Republic: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Jordan Capobianco, BoxingNews24.com:116-112 Pacquiao
•    Steve Carp, Las Vegas Review-Journal: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    CheckHook.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Scott Christ, BadLeftHook.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Marc Livitz, SecondsOut.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Geoffrey Ciani, EastSideBoxing.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Leroy Cleveland, FightSaga.com: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Nigel Collins, ESPN: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Victor Contreras, The Sacramento Bee: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Paddy Cronan, On the Grind Boxing Radio: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Gareth Davies, The Daily Telegraph: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Rob Day, RingNews24.com: 117-112 Pacquiao
•    George Diaz, The Orlando Sentinel: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Jake Donovan, BoxingScene.com: 115-113 Pacquiao
•    Terry Dooley, BoxingScene.com: 115-113 Pacquiao
•    Robert Ecksel, Boxing.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Stephen Edwards, BoxingTalk.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Jake Emen, ProBoxing-Fans.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Charles Farrell, No Holds Barred Radio Show: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    FightersRated.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Doug Fischer, The Ring Magazine: 117-111 Pacquiao

•    Danny Flexen, Boxing News: 115-113 Bradley
•    Ace Freeman, FightFan.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Danny Garcia: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Chuck Giampa, Showtime: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Brian Arman Graham, Sports Illustrated: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Tom Gray, SecondsOut.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Suge Green, On the Grind Boxing Radio: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    David Greisman, BoxingScene.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Tommy Gunn, BoxingAsylum.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Andreas Hale, FightNews.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Ricky Hatton: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Thomas Hauser, HBO/TheSweetScience.com:115-114
•    Benny Henderson, DogHouseBoxing.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Jorge Hernandez, The Low Blow.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Joseph Herron, FightSaga.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Ken Hissner, DogHouseBoxing.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Graham Houston, FightWriter.com/FightNews.com/ESPN: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Phil Jay, WorldBoxingNews.net: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Max Kellerman, HBO: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Brian Kenny, Top Rank: 116-112 Bradley
•    Amir Khan, Primetime: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Mike Koppinger, The Ring Magazine: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Harold Lederman, HBO: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Ron Lewis, Primetime/BBC: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Steve Lillis, BoxNation: 118-111 Pacquiao
•    Robert Little, BlackSportsOnline.com: 117-111 Pacquiao

•    Mark Lyons, 8CountNews.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Chris Manix, Sports Illustrated: 115-113 Pacquiao
•    Ryan Maquinana, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Gordon Marino, The Wall Street Journal: 115-113 Pacquiao
•    Rich Marotta, KFI Los Angeles: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Juan Manuel Marquez: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Ray Markarian, TheSweetScience.com: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Michael Marley, BoxingConfidential.com/Examiner.com: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    David Mayo, The Grand Rapids Press: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Jeff Mayweather: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Kelsey McCarson, TheSweetScience.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    John McCormick, BoxingTalk.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Wayne McCullough: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Franklin McNeil, Newark Star-Ledger: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Kevin Mitchell, The Guardian: 118-112 Pacquiao
•    Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Robert Morales, Los Angeles Daily News: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Kieran Mulvaney, ESPN: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Michael Nelson, TheCruelestSport.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Brett Newton, Pound4Pound.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Pete O'Brien, USA Today: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Brett Okamoto, ESPN: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Graham Parker, The Guardian: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Max Parker, BoxingWatchers.com: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    John Perretti, No Holds Barred Radio Show: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Ryan Phillips, BleacherReport.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Eugeny Pilipenko, Vringe.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Ken Pollitt, the13thround.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Dan Rafael, ESPN: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Eric Raskin, HBO/TheSweetScience.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    John Raspanti, DogHouseBoxing.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Rick Reeno, BoxingScene.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Chris Robinson, BoxingScene.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Cliff Rold, BoxingScene.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Michael Rosenthal, The Ring Magazine: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Champ Ross, DaTruthBoxing.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    John Russell, former trainer of Buster Douglas: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Jonathan Sakti, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Luis Sandoval, BoxingScene.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Ted Sares, Boxing.com: 119-111 Pacquiao
•    Lem Satterfield, The Ring Magazine: 115-113 Pacquiao
•    Scott Sawitz, Fox Sports/Inside Fights: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Joel Sebastionelli, LIITR Box Radio: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Colin Seymour, Examiner.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Cameron Sharpe, Boxing Fancast: 115-115 Draw
•    Ronnie Shields: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Tim Smith, New York Daily News: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Ryan Songalia, The Ring Magazine: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Tim Starks, The Queensbury Rules: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Denzil Stone, OnTheBreak.com: 118-110 Pacquiao
•    Alexey Sukachev, Sports.ru: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Vittorio Tafur, The San Francisco Chronicle: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Luke Thomas, MMAFighting.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Ben Thompson, FightHype.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Richie Tomasini, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Barry Tompkins, Showtime: 119-110 Pacquiao
•    Darren Velasco, 8CountNews.com: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    George Willis, The New York Post: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Michael Woods, ESPN: 119-109 Pacquiao
•    Nick Xouris, FightHype.com: 118-111 Pacquiao
•    Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal: 117-111 Pacquiao
•    Steve Zemach, The Queensbury Rules.com: 116-112 Pacquiao
•    Vadim Zhuk, Championat.com: 118-110 Pacquiao

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