Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Desert Storm' Bradley a Deserving Winner over Pacquiao

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Desert Storm' Bradley a Deserving Winner over Pacquiao

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Byline: ON THE ROPES Tony Nobbs

I CAN'T believe the uproar over the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao verdict last Sunday.

Bradley, 28, took Pacquiao's WBO welterweight (66.68kg/147 lb/10st 7) title with a deserved decision in Las Vegas.

With several rounds extremely close, the scorecards were split, with two judges having it for Bradley 115-113, while the third had the Filipino ahead 115-113.

I scored it 116-112 for aDesert Storma, who hails from Palm Springs, California, giving aPacMana rounds 4, 5, 6 and 8.

The fight was fought at a fast pace throughout, with the first three rounds being particularly blistering. Bradley did enough to win the first three, before Pacquiao stunned him in the fourth and kept the attack going through to the sixth.

Bradley fought injured from the second round and after the fight was taken to hospital with a swollen right ankle and a fracture in his left foot.

The fighters split rounds 7 and 8 but Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) was able to sweep the final third of the bout, and as judge Duane Ford (who scored it for the American) said, aBradley gave Manny (54-4-2, 38 KOs) a boxing lessona.

As I noted last week, Bradley had a 5cm (2 inch) reach advantage and as the 33-year-old Pacquiao slowed was able to use it, with movement and angles making Pacquiao fall short with a lot of leather.

After the fight a lot of people pointed to the Compubox Punch Stats, which revealed Pacquiao landed 253 of 751 punches thrown, compared to Bradley's 159 connects from 839.

But these are done by computer and fights are scored in separate stanzas, not overall connects. Even in his previous bout against JM Marquez, Pacquiao landed more punches, according to Compubox (176-138), but most people believe his Mexican nemesis had his number.

Bradley rose from number six to three on my aPound for Pounda list, behind Floyd Mayweather and JM Marquez, with Pacquiao, who lost for the first time since 2005, dropping from three to four.

The Ring Magazine has kept Pacquiao at equal first with Mayweather, while Bradley remains at No. …

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