Margin: Very slight
Why: Even round until Bradley leads with a minute to go. But two clean punches near the end of the round, win it for Pacquiao.
Details: In the first 30 second, Bradley scored with his jab, but Pacquiao landed fewer, but cleaner shots to the body. For the next minute and half neither man could mount an effective attack. With 1:40 to go, Bradley threw a 3-punch combo that was blocked. Pacquiao's shots, a left with 1:26 to go and a 1-2 with 1:12 to go were blocked. With 0:56 left, a 5-punch combo by Bradley scored a punch or two (the camera angle was bad). Bradley led the round. A jab with 0:51 left, increased that lead. With :16 seconds left Pacquaio lands a left, Bradley leads the round very slightly. With 10 seconds to go, Pacquiao lands a clean left in a three punch combo to take the round by a very slight margin on my card.
Why: Two big clean lefts by Pacquaio in the first 35 seconds were better than anything Bradley did in the round. Bradley threw punches and came forward, but couldn't land cleanly.
Details: Bradley couldn't land effective punches early. 24 seconds into the round, Pacquiao lands a big clean left that knocks Bradley back. This is the essence of clean, effective punching. 33 seconds in, Pacquiao lands another left. He has a big lead. Bradley is held 5 second later and is legally using his right hand to punch Pacquiao's body. This cuts into the lead. Bradley then punches with his free arm at Pacquiao's head; these punches are blocked. He then throws at his body, but the punches are hitting Pacquiao's elbows. He tries for the head and they're blocked. Then referee Robert Byrd breaks up the two. With 1:37 to go, Pacquiao touches Bradley with a jab. Bradley is coming forward, but not landing cleanly, for example with 19 seconds left, Bradley misses on a three punch combo. They trade a punch at the end of the round.
Why: Bradley landed more cleanly than in the first two rounds, but Pacquiao seemed to not only land more clean punches, but three lefts landed flush on Bradley's face throughout the round. Bradley did not have the level of clean punching or effective aggression.
Details: Bradley won the first minute slightly. A right 5 seconds in and the occasional jab got through Pacquiao's guard are the reasons. With 1:47 to go, Pacquiao lands a clean left taking the lead in the round. He followed it up with a clean jab, padding his lead. 1:14 left, Bradley is held, but pops him with a right. With about a minute to go, Bradley lands a right body shot. With 39 seconds left, Bradley knocks Pacquiao back with a right, his best shot so far. But Pacquiao knocks him right back with a left. With 11 seconds left, Pacquiao does the same thing. Pacquiao lands a right 3 seconds later.
Why: The round was close through the first two minutes, but Pacquiao threw combos and landed some of them with a minute to go. Bradley was hurt a bit and had to hold. In the last ten seconds, he dominated Bradley.
Details: Bradley led early with body shots. The two traded evenly twice in the first minute. A minute in, Pacquiao landed a left to the body, Bradley missed with a right, and Pacquiao's right hook hit Bradley's face cleanly while the latter was throwing a left. Bradley was throwing, but was getting blocked as happened with a flurry with 1:12 to go. A double jab by Bradley 2 minutes in was his last good punch of the round. Pacquiao bounced him around with a combo that started 2:12 seconds into the round. With ten seconds left, Pacquiao couldn't miss Bradley's head on numerous shots.
Why: Bradley was aggressive, but didn't land very much. Pacquiao took control with 40 seconds to go and won the round clearly with in the last 15 seconds.
Details: Not much happened in the first 50 seconds, but Bradley had a very slight lead due to work rate. 52 seconds in, Pacquiao landed a right and left combo flush. Bradley answered back with a right to the head. Very slight lead to Pacquiao. The next minute saw the two attempt to mount an attack, but ineffectively. Bradley ducked Pacquiao's one-twos; Pacquiao blocked Bradley's flurries. An example of their ineffective aggression came 2:05 into the round. With :38 seconds left, Pacquiao seems to land with a left that knocks back Bradley, but the camera angle isn't great. Bradley holds right after though. In the last 15 seconds, Pacquiao couldn't miss Bradley's face.
Why: After a slow first minute, Bradley landed two clean rights taking a lead. With under a minute to go, Pacquiao seems to land two lefts and soon after knocks Bradley back to the ropes and into the corner. He didn't land every punch in that sequence, but enough to send Bradley back. Pacquiao also closed out the round well again.
Details: Bradley's jabs in the first minute were weak and didn't land, but Pacquiao didn't throw much back. With 1:50 left, Bradley lands a big right and blocks Pacquiao's counter in one motion. He followed up with a right and leads the round. He connected with a nice jab with 1:27 left. With 0:52 left, Pacquiao seems to land with two lefts, but the camera angle is bad. With 40 seconds to go, Pacquiao lands, backing Bradley up to the ropes and to the corner. He missed some of his punches, thus not taking a solid lead, but enough to take a very slight one. Bradley touches him with body shots and an uppercut, but the punches don't have force. A Pacquiao uppercut and jab soon after have more force and land cleanly.
Why: About 1:20, Pacquiao lands three clean punches. He lands repeatedly in succession 30 seconds later. With 1:10 to go, Bradley pushes Pacquiao to the ropes and lands as they trade, which is Bradley's best moment of the round, but Pacquiao is also landing and the exchange, which lasts 15 seconds, is even. At most Bradley gets a slight edge, but Pacquiao was clearly winning the round to that point, so still led. Pacquiao wins the last minute of the round, also.
Details: Bradley jabs early. They exchange body punches about 30 seconds in. See "Why" for Pacquiao's action from 1:42 left until 0:55 seconds left. With 44 seconds left, Bradley lands a right to the body, then both connect. Pacquiao lands 2 lefts and a right shortly thereafter.
Why: Bradley's strong first minute won him the round with jabs and rights. Pacquiao won the next two minutes, but only by a slight margin, not enough to overtake Bradley's strong opening minute.
Details: Bradley's jabs and rights were landing cleanly in the first minute. Pacquiao didn't land anything. With 1:40 left, Pacquiao gets going with a 3-punch combo, the last right landing cleanly. He lands with 1:32 to go. They both land in an exchange with 1:28 left in the round. The next 1:10 they both tried to score, but their attempts were thwarted. Pacquiao landed a few times with 5 seconds left.
Why: Bradley had his moments. He took the first minute again. After a strong second minute in which Pacquiao had his way, landed consecutive scoring shots, Bradley did answer back. The two traded clean blows throughout much of the final minute. Pacquiao's huge second minute won the round.
Details: Bradley landed body shots early. Pacquiao was slow out of the gate again. Bradley was off balance 46 seconds in, but it didn't look like it was from a punch. With 1:49 to go, Pacquiao lands a combo, but Bradley still leads. 3 lefts by Pacquiao with 1:45 to go- Bradley answers with 1 right- gives Pacquiao the lead. With 1:26 left, Pacquiao lands several flush shots consecutively. He had a big lead. He lands an uppercut ten seconds later. Bradley cuts into it with 3 shots with 1:07 left. Bradley has success 2:01 into the round and seven seconds later. Pacquiao lands two body shots with 0:39 to go, then Bradley lands a left to the head. They trade for the next ten seconds. Bradley cut into Pacquiao's big lead, but wasn't close to taking the round.
Why: Bradley got off to a good start and had a big first minute. Pacquiao never landed anything significant to put a dent into that lead.
Details: Bradley smacked Pacquiao's body early. He landed a combo 35 seconds into the round and a jab with 2:18 to go. The next minute and a half saw ineffective aggression by both men, though the occasional jab got in for Bradley. He landed a left hook with 0:53 to go. Pacquiao was coming forward for almost the entire round. They traded late in the round.
Why: Bradley led early with the jab. But in the last two minutes, Pacquiao slowly chipped away at Bradley's lead. Bradley didn't land much cleanly after the first minute and by the end Pacquiao had landed enough to take the round.
Details: In the first 45 seconds, Bradley's jab give him the lead. With 2:11 left, they traded and Bradley got the better of it. Pacquiao landed a left with 1:52 to go. Bradley still led. Six seconds later, another left, but Bradley still leads. With 0:52 left, Pacquiao lands a left to the body, right to the head combo. Pacquiao landed a left with 0:42 to go in the round and a right with 0:20 left. Those punches in the last two minutes negated Bradley's good first minute.
Why: Bradley started off strong. Pacquiao seemed to answer Bradley's shots throughout the round. The round kept fluctuating between solid for Bradley when he landed to slight when Pacquiao landed. Pacquiao landed a lead left late to make it a slight win for Bradley.
Details: Bradley landed some of the combo he threw in the first 10 seconds. With 2:22 to go, Pacquiao lands a right. Bradley landed a right to the body with 2:18 to go. Pacquiao landed a combo 10 seconds later. In the middle of an exchange with 1:46 left, Bradley landed an impressive left uppercut. Bradley then cements his lead with a combo to both sides of Pacquiao's body.Nearly halfway into the round, Pacquiao landed two lefts. Bradley connected soon after. Bradley landed a jab here and there for the next 50 seconds and so did Pacquaio. Bradley lands with 30 seconds left. Pacquiao landed a straight left with 8 seconds left.
Wrap up: Upon further review, Pacquiao beat Bradley 117-111 or 9 rounds to 3. Bradley jabbed early in each round. But Bradley seldom landed cleanly. Pacquiao knocked Bradley back in several rounds and landed more of the clean punches in the majority of the rounds.
The first round was a toss up in my mind. I gave it to Pacquiao. There were a total of 5 close rounds in my mind (slight or very slight). They were rounds 1, 6, 8, 11, and 12. I gave 3 of the 5 close rounds to Pacquiao. That means if a judge gave every close round to Bradley, it would be a draw, 6-6. If you gave every close round to Pacquaio, he wins 11-1. That's how there can be wide discrepancies in scores and all sides can have valid points. I cannot see Bradley winning this fight 7-5, however. And typically, all the close rounds don't go to one fighter or another. So, in conclusion, we all were right, this was a bad decision.