Any lingering hope that Manny Pacquiao will eventually lock horns with Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have dissipated last night when the popular Filipino fighter emerged as the loser of a Split Decision in a competitive clash with Timothy Bradley. However, it seems the ringside judges were among the only people watching the fight who felt Bradley had done enough to earn the nod.
According to CompuBox, Pacquiao actually landed almost 100 more punches than Bradley and connected on 34% of his total strikes in comparison to Bradley’s 19%. Bradley’s body language after the conclusion of the twelfth round indicated he even felt he had come up short against “Pac Man”.
“Tonight, he never hurt me. Most of his punches hit my arms. I don’t know what happened. I have no problem. I’ll be ready for the rematch,” said Pacquiao after the bout, indicating the two will settle the score again later this year instead of let the scoring overshadow their effort.
The loss was the first for the 33-year old Pacquiao since March 2005 and snapped a fifteen-fight winning streak for him. His overall record now stands at 54-4-2. Meanwhile, Bradley is now a perfect 29-0 in his eight-year career.