Timothy Bradley, 29-0, 12 KO’s, pulled off the major upset with a split decision win over Manny Pacquiao, 54-4-2, 38 KO’s, by scores of 115-113(twice) and 113-115. In the opening round, Bradley controlled but got hit several times at the end and the straight lefts that Manny landed seemed to dictate the rest of the fight. The power kept Bradley at bay and it just didn’t seem that Bradley was able to get a lot done, but this is boxing and it’s subjective.
The HBO commentary team had Manny well ahead but it wasn’t nearly a wash. Bradley had moments and did enough to win rounds at the end and some rounds were close. The rounds that Pacquiao won, he won big. Bradley’s rounds weren’t as flashy, but the fight was close with Manny with the edge. RSR had it 116-112 for Manny, but the fight was uneventful, and if you have to take it from the champion, Bradley didn’t.
Floyd Mayweather, JR., must be smiling as he sits in his cell…or crying with all of the money that he just lost.
Jorge Arce, 60-6-2, 46 KO’s, scored a knockdown in the first twenty seconds of the very first round with a left hook to the chin of Jesus Rojas, 18-1-1, 13 KO’s, but when Rojas got to his feet, it was a new fight. Rojas beat Arce up the rest of the round. In the second round, Rojas landed a borderline low blow, followed by a left hook to the head, dropping Arce. Arce then complained about a broken eardrum and refused to continue, creating a no contest. Arce was going to get knocked out in this fight and he knew it.
Arce found the easiest way out. Rojas had this fight, but must settle for a no contest.
Randall Bailey, 43-7, 37 KO’s, shockingly came from behind and knocked the formerly undefeated Mike Jones, 26-1, 19 KO’s, out in the 11th round from a devastating uppercut. In an ugly boring fight, Jones used his sporadic combinations to control the older Bailey, but the last thing that a fighter loses is their punch. Randall still had his punch and it knocked Jones cold.
Bailey is a champion again with the IBF welterweight title now around his waist. What an amazing come from behind victory for the 37 year old fighter.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, 10-0, 8 KO’s, had no problem stopping Teon Kennedy, 17-2-2, 7 KO’s, in round five, dropping him five times in the process. Ridgondeaux had no problem finding the mark and deflecting the incoming. At the end of five rounds, Kennedy only landed 7% of his punches.
The left hand landed with regularity and was the primary weapon that allowed Guillermo to hold onto the WBA super bantamweight title.