Al Bernstein talks about his favorite fights Jose Luis Castillo versus Diego Corrales l, Hagler vs Hearns as well as Larry Holmes against Ken Norton and more.
Larry Merchant talks about his favorite fight of all times as well as his favorite fighter as well as Pacquiao Bradley rematch
Max Kellerman explains why Jose Luis Castillo vs, Diego Corrales l is his favorite fight of all times and more including break down of Pacquiao Bradley rematch.
Manny Pacquiao promised more aggressiveness. Timothy Bradley promised a knock out. Charged crowd at the MGM’s Garden Arena waited to see who will deliver on Saturday night. Would the rematch settle the score and put to rest the controversy of their first encounter? They both tried to deliver on their promises. Bradley went for a knock out which might have been a tactical mistake and Pacquiao delivered on aggressiveness. At the final bell Pacquiao emerged a clear cut winner with all three judges scoring the fight for Pilipino fighter, 116-112 twice and 118-110. Pacquiao reclaimed his WBO welterweight title and a rightful place amongst boxing elite. “ I am very happy tonight,” exclaimed Pacquiao in a post-fight interview with Max Kellerman:” because the victory is ours.”
Neither fighter delivered in the first, mostly tactical round. Action heated up in rounds two and three with Pacquiao landing clean shots to the head and Bradley concentrating on the body. Bradley stunned Pacquiao for the first time in the fourth round with clean right hand. It was significant and somewhat of a turning point in a fight because it demonstrated that Bradley could hurt his opponent and was surprisingly a stronger man in the contest. From that point on Bradley was swinging for the fences looking for a knock out and Pacquiao settled into his fight, moving in and out and firing fluid combinations. Fifth round was uneventful, but Pacquiao seemed to be more of an aggressor in the sixth. Pacquiao dominated round seventh trapping Bradley on the ropes and landing eight unanswered blows and finishing the round wobbling Bradley’s head as if he was a rag doll. Pacquiao controlled the action in rounds eight and nine. Bradley lost his balance twice in the ninth round, one looked like a knock down. Referee Kenny Bayless called them both a slip, but it did seem like Bradley’s balance was messed up. Pacquiao unleashed a furious attack and took control of the fight in the tenth stanza. Bradley was reduced to trying to land big punch. Eleventh round was close where Bradley did some effective countering, but in the twelfth Pacquiao hurt Bradley and made him bold for dear life.
This time there was no controversy. “ You can’t say nothing about Manny,” said Bradley in a post-fight interview:” I lost to one of the best fighters in the world.”