LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 06: Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose during the final news conference for their bout at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino June 6, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Bradley when the two meet in the ring on June 9 in Las Vegas. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
If you're a sports fan tonight, you've got two important events on your plate - Heat vs. Celtics Game 7, and Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley. And while the Heat vs. Celtics may draw some viewers away, there's no question for me which one to watch. Manny Pacquiao is one of the finest combat sports athletes competing today, and any time he sets foot in the ring, it's an event. Add in the intrigue of his last two performances being a bit underwhelming, a very hungry and aggressive challenger in Bradley, and a lot of questions about Pacman's future, and you have a can't miss fight.
The HBO PPV card starts at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, with Pacquiao vs. Bradley likely to begin at roughly midnight eastern time.
Join us here at Bloody Elbow as I'll be providing round-by-round updates on the main event, with live discussion going on all night.
And to get you ready, be sure to check out the great Pacquiao vs. Bradley coverage from around the SBN network, including our own Brent Brookhouse's excellent coverage at SB Nation, and the SB Nation preview video package below:
Hope to see you here tonight!
Round-by-round updates and results after the jump.
Other Main Card Results:
Guillermo Rigondeaux def. Teon Kennedy, TKO, Round 5
Randall Bailey def. Mike Jones, KO, Round 11
Jorge Arce vs. Jesus Rojas went to a No Contest in round 2 after a series of illegal blows by Rojas
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Live Results
Round 1: Early aggression from Bradley, who looked to be taking a quick lead. But Pacquiao came back to land some nice shots at the end of the round and probably steal it.
Round 2: Bradley was busier and looked to make it more of a wild fight, but Pacquiao kept it technical and again outboxed him.
Round 3: Pacquiao starting to really connect with that straight left, and Bradley isn't able to find an answer for it yet. Good round.
Round 4: The most dominant round yet as Pacquiao rocked Bradley with a flurry in the final minute. Pacquiao looking good here and really pulling away with it already.
Round 5: A bit of a slower round at first, but Pacquiao again turned up the heat in the final minute, connecting some heavy shots on Bradley.
Round 6: More of the same, as Pacquiao is firmly in control. Bradley needs to find his way into the fight somehow.
Round 7: Bradley trying to use more defensive movement here, but Pacquiao continues to outland him at will. At this point, it's hard to see Bradley having any rounds on the scorecards, meaning he needs a knockdown to win it.
Round 8: Less output from Pacquiao here, but he continues to score. Also, our first headbutt of the fight, though it didn't cause much damage either way.
Round 9: Another round to Pac. Bradley looks like he's slowing down and his hands are dropping in the exchanges. He's in danger of getting knocked down here.
Round 10: Not much from either man here. Is Pacquiao slowing down to coast to a decision?
Round 11: Decent work from Bradley at times here, but still some power shots from Pacquiao. KO or bust for Bradley in the final 3 minutes.
Round 12: Hats off to Bradley, who still brought it in round 12, trying to win the fight (and possibly taking the round), but it was too little too late.
Official Decision: Timothy Bradley def. Manny Pacquiao via split decision (115-113, 113-115, 115-113)
Wow. Just wow. What a terrible way for Manny's run to end.