Tim Bradley improves to 29-0 with the win and Manny Pacquiao drops to 54-4-2. There is a rematch clause in the contracts if Bradley wins. The fight is tentatively set for November 10.
So no, Bradley won't be facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. this fall. The judges awarded Bradley the split decision despite the fact he was outlanded, 253-159 (190-108 power punches). The decision won't be as hard to swallow as most people think since there will be a rematch and both fighters are under the same promotional umbrella (Top Rank).
I scored it 117-111 in favor of Manny Pacquiao. The judges scored the bout: 115-113(PAC), 115-113 (Bradley), 115-113 (Bradley)...
Round 12: Bradley stayed with it in the 12th and tried to throw with Pacquiao. Neither fighter had a real advantage in the round, but both were very active. Bradley stole the round. But Pacquiao wins the fight 9-3 (117-111).
Round 11: Not a terribly active round, but Pacquiao landed a solid right and left with 50 seconds left. He landed another straight right with 20 secondsleft. Bradley just can't effect Pacquiao, who is clearly looking for a KO. Bradley will need to chase Pacquiao next round. Pacquiao landed 21 punches to 15 for Bradley. Pacquiao wins the round, 9-2 (108-101).
Round 10: This was Bradley's best round of the fight. He didn't allow Pacquiao to land the left cleanly and actually landed a couple of body shots hmself. Both fighters landed 14 shots in the round. Bradley has done an amazing job staying upright. Bradley gets the round. 2-8 (92-98)
Round 9: Pacquiao is picking Bradley a part. Bradley is hanging in there, but Pacquiao kept landing the left and a couple of body shots with the right. It was a hard round, but Pacquiao still landed more power shots. Bradley isn't moving his head enough. Pacquiao wins the round, 8-1 (89-82)
Round 8: We saw the first head butt of the fight. Bradley landeda solid combo on Pacquiao midway through the round. Pacquiao shook it off, but you could tell that flurry stung a little. Bradley was able to stave off a Pacquiao attack toward the end to steal his firstround. Bradley wins the round, 1-7 (73-79)
Round 7: Bradley showed some heart and started trading with Pacquiao. But Pacquiao didn't feel the power. Pacquiao kept landing the straight left, which slowed Bradley down. Pacquiao has landed 158 punches, compared to 80 for Bradley. Bradley needs to gets lucky from this point. Pacquiao wins the round, 7-0 (70-63).
Round 6: This round could've went Bradley's way as Pacquiao took the first minute off. But once the round drifted toward the minute-mark, it was all Pacquiao. He backed Bradley up against the ropes and landed three solid lefts. Bradley's lack of power is playhing right into Pacquiao's hands. Pacquiao also landed a right hook to the body. He landed 16 punches the last minute of the round. Pacquiao wins the round, 6-0 (60-54)
Round 5: The action slowed down a bit in the fifth, but Pacquiao was still able to land the left. He rocked Bradley twice the last 30 seconds of the round. Bradley came back toward the end of the round and traded with Pacquiao, but he still couldn't dent him. This is becoming a route. Pacquiao wins the round, 5-0 (50-45)
Round 4: Pacquiao's power is really starting to wear on Bradley. Pacquiao took him apart in the round with combinations and uppercuts. Pacquiao wobbled Bradley midway through the round. Bradley did land a combo to end the round, but it wasn't nearly enough. Pacquiao wins the round. 4-0 (40-36)
Round 3: Not sure what Bradley's strategy is, but it's not working yet. Pacquiao kept landing the left and even hit on a nice combo the last 20 seconds of the round. Pacquiao landed 21 of 50 punches. Bradley is not moving his head, which is why Pacquiao is hitting him with ease. Pacquiao wins the round. 3-0 (30-27)
Round 2: Pacquiao continues to land the straight left and hit Bradley with a few. This is where Bradley is at a disadvantage. He's not a knockout fighter and will have a hard time hurting Pacquiao. But he did land a nice right with 1:10 left in the round. But Pacquiao came back with another left with 30 seconds left. Pacquiao landed the harder shots and won the round. Pacquiao wins the round. 2-0 (20-18)
Round 1: Both fighters took the round to feel each other out. It wasn't the easiest round tojudge, but Pacquiao landed three straight lefts the last 30 seconds of the first to win the round. Pacquiao wins the round. 1-0 (10-9).
There's been a delay. Manny Pacquiao, in addition to watching the end of the Celtics-Heat game, was late getting his hands wrapped and was spending extra time stretching his calf. He's expected to put the gloves on in the next five minutes or so.
It's Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) vs. Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) tonight for the Filipino Congressman's WBO welterweight belt. Check back here shortly for more updates and for the live blog.