Saturday, April 9, Bloody Elbow presents fight coverage of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III. HBO Boxing Pacquiao vs. Bradley 3 airs live on HBO PPV this Saturday, April 9 with a fight time of 9:00 p.m. ET. Bloody Elbow will have live fight coverage, including results and discussion, right here.
Less than a year after Floyd Mayweather announced his retirement, here we see what is being called the final professional fight in the storied career of Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao has been a massive superstar for boxing in recent years, with the boxing skills to back it up. Now, he's wrapping up his career with a final clash with his rival Timothy Bradley. The two men meet for the third time here, and currently officially stand at 1-1 against each other, though Bradley's win is one of the most controversial decisions in years. Here, Bradley gets a shot to prove he really can beat Pacquiao, while Pac gets a chance to vanquish him once and for all.
Also on the PPV broadcast will be three title fights. The main feature is Arthur Abraham vs. Gilberto Ramirez, but I'm most excited for Evgeny Gradovich vs. Oscar Valdez.
Join us here at Bloody Elbow for Pacquiao vs. Bradley III results, discussion, and live fight coverage this Saturday, April 9.
PACQUIAO vs. BRADLEY III RESULTS:
Manny Pacquiao def. Timothy Bradley, Unanimous Decision 116-110 x 3
Gilberto Ramirez def. Arthur Abraham, Unanimous Decision, 120-108 x 3
Oscar Valdez def. Evgeny Gradovich, KO R4 2:14
Jose Ramirez def. Manny Perez, Unanimous Decision 97-93, 98-92, 99-91
MANNY PACQUIAO vs. TIMOTHY BRADLEY ROUND BY ROUND COVERAGE
Round 1: Quiet feeling out round to start things off here, which is probably good for Bradley. Nothing high paced here, and not a lot of clean shots landed from either man. Pacquiao did land a nice left hand at one point, plus a few more shots, so he edges out the round, but there was not a lot to go on. 10-9 Pac
Round 2: Pacquiao starts the round coming in with more aggression, but Bradley does a nice job countering those early shots. As the round wound down, Bradley started to leave himself too open though, with Pacquiao getting a nice few shots in at the end and likely stealing the round. 10-9 Pac
Round 3: Similar pace to this round, with both men continuing the technical chess-match style of fight. Pacquiao does not seem to be throwing all that much here, and this time, Bradley manages to get a few clean shots in there. Pac favors his shoulder at one point - watch to see if that plays a factor as the fight goes on. 10-9 Bradley
Round 4: Pace picks up here with a few faster exchanges. Bradley lands a nice clean shot at the end of the round, but the best punch goes to Pacquiao, who hits a clean right 2 minutes in that seems to stagger Bradley for just a second. That punch is enough to steal him the round. 10-9 Pac
Round 5: Very good round here, as the pace again picks up. The two men start throwing big shots here, with Bradley getting into his more wild firefight style. It works well for him for 2 minutes, including a very good uppercut that is his best punch of the night so far. But Pacquiao comes back hard in the last minute with a big flurry that lands and probably earns him the round. 10-9 Pac
Round 6: The pace is high here with a lot of movement, but there's very little actual punching going on in this round. Lots of feints from both men lead to a low output round, and, like the first, a tough round to score. Bradley lands a few more shots, so that should give it to him, but it's very close. 10-9 Bradley
Round 7: Close round until the final 30 seconds, at which point a tight inside hook from Pacquiao catches Bradley, he stumbles, his glove touches the mat, and that's a knockdown. 10-8 Pac
Round 8: Pacquiao comes out moving quickly and confidently, controlling the action at first. But in the last minutes, Bradley lands some shots that hurt Pacquiao and send him into the ropes. Bradley follows up with a great rally and Pacquiao is hurt against the ropes. He clinches to slow things down, but he was hurt there. Probably Bradley's best round in all 3 fights. 10-9 Bradley
Round 9: Bradley comes out aggressive and determined, initiating big exchanges which he is winning. It looks like he's on his way to a win in the round, when Pacquiao lands a counter left that wobbles Bradley, sees he's hurt, then follows up with a hard left that puts him down. Bradley gets off the canvas, but does not seem to be back in it. 10-8 Pac
Round 10: Bradley has his moments in this round, which is impressive considering how the last round went, but it's not enough. Pacquiao uses angles very well here to get in, land the shot, and get out, leaving Bradley swinging wildly on a number of occasions. 10-9 Pac
Round 11: Pretty quiet round for Pacquiao here, who seems to have put things on to cruise control for the final rounds, as he has done at times in the past. Bradley continues to push himself, and while he doesn't land anything to hurt Pacquiao, he lands some clean shots - enough for him to take this one. 10-9 Bradley
Round 12: Bradley needs a KO, and he comes out fighting like it. He spends much of the round trying to set up the big KO shot, while Pac spends the majority of it circling away and avoiding exchanges, confident in his win. In the final seconds, Pac ups the aggression, and the end the fight throwing away. 10-9 Bradley