Monday, April 14, 2014

Pacquiao Defeats Bradley…..Again

By Ted Panagiotis

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley for the second time on Saturday, well at least in my mind.

Ironically, Pacquiao got the deserving nod Saturday night, but their second tussle was even closer than the first, in which Manny dropped a very disputed decision.

This time around, the judges got it right, 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. scored it 116-112 for the newly crowned WBO world welterweight champion.

Undercard Results:

Raymundo Beltran WU12 Arash Usmanee
(vacant NABO lightweight title & WBO eliminator)

Last minute replacement Usmanee accounted himself well. The size difference was evident as Usmanee's well placed right hands weren't enough to keep Beltran from coming forward all night.

Bryan Vasquez WU12 Jose Felix, Jr. 
(interim WBA world super featherweight title)

Pre-fight rumors about weigh issues plaguing Felix seemed to be true as he could not keep up with the energy levels of Vasquez and seemed fatigued much of the fight.

Jesse Vargas WU12 Khabib Allakhverdiev
(WBA & IBO world junior welterweight title)

In a very close fight, Vargas got what I thought was somewhat of a "hometown" nod to become only the second Las Vegas native to capture a world title belt, joining Ishe Smith.

Sean Monaghan TKO5 Joey McCreedy
(WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title)

Monaghan was too much for Lowell's McCreedy, who was very game, but succumbed to the constant body attach from Monaghan, who continues to improve every fight. Referee Jay Nady waved the fight off after McCreedy went down for the second time from body blows.

Oscar Valdez KO4 Adrian Perez
(vacant NABF Junior super featherweight title)

Very impressive KO from undefeated prospect Valdez, who picks up his 10th KO in as many wins.

Esquiva Falcao WU6 Ethan Perez

Falcao, the Olympic silver medallist controlled the action from the start, but Perez never really let him get comfortable and landed a few shots himself.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk KO1 Mike Montoya
(light heavyweights)

Gvozdyk, the Olympic bronze medallist, looked very strong. There are rumblings that he is on the level, or even better than Sergey Kovalev. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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