Las Vegas: Manny Pacquiao crowned his 21-year professional career with an emphatic victory over Tim Bradley on Saturday, delivering a vintage performance before saying a farewell to boxing.
Philippines Manny Pacquiao celebrates after beating USA's Timothy Bradley in their welterweight fight in Las Vegas on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Pacquiao — fighting for the first time since his defeat to Floyd Mayweather last May in the 'Fight of the Century' — knocked down Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous decision.
The judges' scorecards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena told the story of Pacquiao's dominance in the non-title welterweight duel, with the 37-year-old eight-division world champion winning by identical margins of 116-110 on all three cards.
Pacquiao to help people
Pacquiao had insisted Saturday's bout — the 66th of his career — will be his final fight before he focuses on his political career in the Philippines, where he is seeking election to the Senate next month. Many ring-watchers, however, are sceptical, believing he may well be tempted to extend a career which has seen him earn more than $500 million.
Yet asked afterwards if he planned to stay retired, Pacquiao replied: “I think so. I've made a commitment to my family that I'm going to retire after this. Maybe I enjoybeing a retired man, serving the people, helping the people,” he added. Pacquiao had promised an explosive performance and was as good as his word for long periods, uncorking some trademark combinations to overwhelm Bradley.
'Bradley is a good boxer'
“Bradley is a good boxer, he's a champion, he's a man. It was not easy tonight,” Pacquiao said. Bradley meanwhile paid tribute to his opponent. “I fought really good tonight but I don't know what was going on. He always seemed to be in the right spot. He was a step ahead of me,” Bradley said.