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Official Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley scorecard

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Here it is. Sports Illustrated writers Chris Mannix (115-113) and Bryan Armen Graham (116-112) both scored the fight in favor of Manny Pacquiao.

Judge Jerry Roth (115-113) agreed, but CJ Ross (115-113) and Duane Ford (115-113) both gave the fight to Timothy Bradley, the new WBO welterweight champion.

  • Published On Jun 10, 2012
  • On morning of Bradley test, Manny Pacquiao finds strength in fellowship

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    Approximately 400 people attended a Holy Eucharist celebration on Saturday morning at the Mandalay Bay ahead of Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight title fight with Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (AP)


    LAS VEGAS — It wasn’t the first time Manny Pacquiao organized a pre-fight Mass for friends, family and well-wishers on the morning of a major fight.

    Yet there was a particular newsworthiness to Saturday morning’s Catholic service at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, down the strip from the MGM Grand where tonight’s welterweight title fight with Timothy Bradley will take place. The spiritual reawakening undergone by Pacquiao over the past six months has become the central storyline of the promotion, thanks in no small part to Bradley’s anonymity beyond hardcore boxing fans. Thus, more than a half-dozen American and Filipino news outlets had camera crews on hand — from HBO to GMA to the local network affiliates — with countless more still photogs snapping away.

    By 9:20 a.m., approximately 400 people had filed into the same room where Pacquiao earned signature victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz. On the floor to the right of a makeshift altar, the all-male Servant of God Police Choir and all-female M/J Pacquiao Choir sang Tagalog songs like “Ang Panginoon ang aking Pastol,” “Huwag Kang Mangamba” and “Pananagutan” as ushers in pale blue coats guided congregants to their seats in Section 113.

    In the second row sat Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, in black collared shirt and jeans, politely posing for camera-phone pics with gawking fans every minute or so. At 9:23, Pacquiao’s longtime friend and assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez carefully placed the fighter’s gloves, trunks and six of his title belts on a table next to the gilded cup of the Eucharist, prompting a flurry of photography from amateur shutterbugs.

    Pacquiao’s spiritual advisor Fr. Marlon Boef blessed the fighter near the end of Saturday’s pre-fight Mass at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. (

    The congregation simultaneously craned their necks at 9:48, when Pacquiao himself emerged from the tunnel with his wife Jinkee (radiant in a black and white horizontal striped dress) trailed by their children Jimuel, Michael, Princess and Queen Elizabeth, to the traditional Tagalog Mass song “Purihin ang Panginoon.” He looked happy and strong when they rose to sing “Lupang Hinirang,” the Philippine national anthem he’ll hear once again tonight in the ring.

    After Communion, celebrant Fr. Marlon Boef blessed the fighter’s shorts, gloves and belts, as he’s done for most of the Filipino’s championship fights over the past few years. But it was Pacquiao’s two girls who stole the show. First 6-year-old Princess made her way to the stage, said a prayer of thanks and dutifully recited three Bible verses (John 3:16, John 14:14 and John 14:15). Then 3-year-old Queenie sang a few bars of “Heaven In My Heart” by the Hillsong Kids.

    The pressure Saturday is squarely on Pacquiao, not just to win over Bradley but do it in a way that’s authoritative. That, after all, is how he cracked the cultural mainstream like no Asian-born athlete in history: by dominating his opponents in such hyperkinetic and crowd-pleasing fashion. Yet it’s been more than two-and-a-half years since he knocked out anyone, he nearly lost his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez and turned in a snoozer against Shane Mosley in the one before that. “Win this one, look good in the next one” is a precept nearly as old as the fight game itself, but a luxury Manny Pacquiao can ill afford to follow.

    That burden can’t be easy. Yet for 90 minutes on Saturday morning, he was able to take refuge in the fellowship of his family, his friends, his God. Maybe it’s just what he needed just hours from what could very well be the defining test of his career’s third act.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Jun 09, 2012
  • Timothy Bradley tries to intimidate Manny Pacquiao at weigh-in

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    Manny Pacquiao (left) couldn’t help but smile during Friday’s staredown opposite Timothy Bradley (right) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP)

    LAS VEGAS – Timothy Bradley has said all along that Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want to be here. That his mind is elsewhere. That mentally he’s already moved on from boxing.

    “He’s worn out, tired, I can see it in his eyes, the wrinkles,” Bradley said earlier this week. “This boy’s not ready for me.”

    Whether it’s true, only one man knows. But the contrast in demeanor between the two welterweights at Friday afternoon’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was unmistakable — and did little to refute Bradley’s theory.

    When champion and challenger met for the traditional staredown after hitting the scales – Bradley weighed in at chiseled 146 pounds, Pacquiao a career-high 147 — the intrigue underlying Saturday’s title fight only metastasized.

    Bradley maintained a menacing glare when the fighters came together downstage right, while Pacquiao smiled bemusedly and seemed almost disinterested for 10 seconds until longtime friend/assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez pulled him away. The challenger continued to scowl as Pacquiao played to the crowd and turned to retrieve his clothes from Buboy.

    “I’m happy,” Pacquiao said afterward when asked why he didn’t match Bradley’s business-like glower. “I’m happy because God is with me.”

    Pacquiao’s weight came as a minor surprise, as he’s typically come in comfortably under the limit for fights at welterweight or above. Even when he fought Antonio Margarito for the super welterweight title at a contracted limit of 150 pounds, Pacquiao weighed in at 144.6. As trainer Freddie Roach explained it, preserving Pacquiao’s speed took precedent over a few extra pounds of muscle.

    Whether the heaviest fighting weight of Pacquiao’s career affects his agility remains to be seen, but it’s now emerged as a talking point with the fight less than 24 hours away.

    Approximately 4,000 fans, most Pacquiao supporters, made themselves heard throughout the proceedings. When asked whether a hostile crowd would affect his performance, Bradley remained defiant.

    “Bring it on, the more the merrier,” said Bradley, who is unbeaten in 28 pro fights. “None of these people are going to be in the ring with Manny Pacquiao.

    “It’s just going to be me and Manny at the end of the night.”

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Jun 08, 2012
  • Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley odds and ends

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    LAS VEGAS — A few random thoughts from the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley press room …

    * Funny moment last week involving Freddie Roach, courtesy of Pacquiao’s publicist, Fred Sternburg. Last week, Roach threw out the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium. In the dugout before the game, he met Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda. After throwing out the pitch, Sternburg handed Roach a ball he said was signed by Lasorda. Roach — a big Lasorda fan — took the ball home, placed it on his mantle and bragged about it to a few friends. Later that day Roach’s assistant, Marie Spivey, suggested Roach take a closer look at the ball. It was signed all right: by Fred Sternburg.

    * The battle over former featherweight titleholder Yuri Gamboa–who defected from Top Rank in April, scuttling a high-profile showdown with Brandon Rios–is apparently  over. Bob Arum says that Gamboa is back in the fold and will be at the Pacquiao-Bradley fight this weekend. If all goes well, Gamboa will be back in the ring in a small show. But the story is far from over. Arum says he plans to pursue legal action against anyone in Mayweather’s camp who interfered with Gamboa while he was under contact. “Nobody is going to f— with us,” Arum said. “If we let them do that, everyone would eat you alive.”

    * Arum confirmed that former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito has retired. “He told me last week that his body is too beat up,” Arum said. “He was a fighter that never quit. He gave everything. He’s not the most talented guy in the world, but certainly the toughest.”

    Arum defended his decision to stand behind Margarito after Margarito was busted for attempting to use illegal hand wraps before a 2009 fight with Shane Mosley.

    “In the Mosley fight, if anyone is to blame it’s [Javier] Capatillo,” said Arum. “He had no opportunity to test out the wraps. That’s what I believe. I was never going to throw him under the bus. We spent millions on this man.”

    * While Arum insists Pacquiao-Bradley doesn’t need to approach the 1.5 million pay per view buys Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto did last month, he does have a number in mind: 1.2 million, which is right around what Pacquiao did in his previous fights against Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez. Arum is hoping Pacquiao’s newfound religious awakening will attract (wait for it) a large Christian audience that may have a newfound interest in the recommitted Pacquiao.

    Chris Mannix

  • Published On Jun 07, 2012
  • Experts’ predictions for Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley

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    Manny Pacquiao (left) makes the fourth defense of his WBO welterweight title Saturday against Timothy Bradley (right) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (AP)’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley (9 p.m. ET, HBO PPV). Share your prediction in the comments below.


    Come on, really? Bradley is an easy-to-hit fighter with a questionable chin, zero power and a willingness to trade punches. What am I missing here? I know, I know: Juan Manuel Marquez gave Pacquiao a lot of trouble in their last fight. But Marquez is a tactician with 24 rounds of experience in the ring with Pacquiao to work with; Bradley has not been in with anyone close to that level. Bradley talks a great game and win or lose there are a handful of fights (Amir Khan, Marquez, Zab Judah) that I’d like to see him in. But this is a collect-a-$5 million-paycheck-and-get-out kind of fight. I saw a very focused Pacquiao at training camp last week. If that focus produces anything close to a routine Pacquiao performance, well, it’s lights out Bradley. Pacquiao by ninth-round knockout.


    This should be a terrific fight — and far more competitive than the oddsmakers (and my odd colleague Chris Mannix) are predicting. Pacquiao may well be a changed man, having found religion (or, maybe, having pretended to find religion to keep Jinkee from taking him to the cleaners), but I expect him to be very much the same fighter he has been. Put the relatively poor showing against Marquez down to personal turmoil or leg cramps or just the fact that Marquez is one fighter who has Manny’s number. Whatever the cause, I don’t think it means much. If anything, it should motivate Pacquiao all the more to make an impressive showing this time out. And, yes, Pacquiao is 33, but I don’t expect the “old-overnight” scenario to come into play here. All that is to say that I think we’ll see a full-powered Manny Pacquiao Saturday night. And I still think he could lose.

    Bradley is a very accomplished and very versatile fighter. He’s younger, stronger and faster — of both hand and foot — than anyone Pacquiao has faced in years. Bradley can lead, counter, fight at a distance or in close. He has faced nearly a dozen southpaws in his career. I think his reputation as a dirty, head-butting fighter is overblown — but that’s just one more thing that Manny will have to think about in there.

    Bradley’s no washed-up or over-blown opponent. He’s young but experienced and palpably hungry. He’s also in fantastic shape. That might not be enough if he gets caught by a Pacquiao bomb early. But if he can control the distance, use his speed and keep Pacquiao from blasting away from angles, it could be a difficult affair for Manny.

    Just for fun, I’m calling the upset. Bradley by close decision.


    Everyone agrees Pacquiao needs a sensational performance now more than ever to prove he’s still the “typhoon blowing across the Pacific,” as Larry Merchant once dubbed him, an athlete capable of those flashpoints of exhilarating destruction not seen since Tyson. But let’s face it: it’s been more than two-and-a-half years since he knocked anyone out. Once uncannily impervious to distraction, the demands of political life have compromised his edge. (See: the sparring session he was content to indulge Mosley in.) The hyperkinetic punisher who bludgeoned Oscar De La Hoya into retirement with a thousand left hands and nearly decapitated Ricky Hatton ain’t walking through that door. Maybe the resourceful Bradley, buoyed by the soaring confidence of a young man who doesn’t know how to lose, is in the right place at the right time. (“I truly believe it’s going to be an easy fight,” he’s said in interviews.)

    The opening rounds will reveal much. If Bradley can score with the right hand, make Pacquiao miss and pay with counterpunches, the momentum could be difficult to reverse. Yet I suspect a hungry, come-forward challenger will bring the best out of Pacquiao, and he won’t allow Bradley the time to get comfortable. At 33, the Filipino may not be the fighter he was three years ago, but he’s still better than most in the game, and Bradley will offer the type of fight he looks forward to. The challenger will be there to hit, so it comes down to whether you think Bradley can take Pacquiao’s punch. I don’t. As the combinations accumulate, look for the Filipino idol — bleeding from one of Bradley’s inevitable headbutts — to close the show early in the third act. Pacquiao by ninth-round TKO.

  • Published On Jun 07, 2012
  • Bradley already promoting rematch with Pacquiao at final press conference

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    Timothy Bradley’s confidence, sky high throughout the promotion, showed no signs of recession at Wednesday’s final press conference at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre. (David Becker/Getty Images)


    The welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao might be three days away, but the challenger is already preparing for the rematch.


    At Wednesday’s final press conference with the two fighters at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre, Bradley showed off super-sized copies of the fight poster and ticket — with a few minor changes.

    The altered versions listed the event as “Bradley-Pacquiao 2″ (rather than “Pacquiao-Bradley”) and the date as “November 10, 2012″ (instead of “June 9, 2012″). This, of course, references the clause in the fight contract mandating an immediate rematch in the event of a Bradley upset.

    “Training camp was hell,” said Bradley, with a confidence belying the 3-to-1 odds against him, before repeating for emphasis. “I’ve never ever trained this hard in my whole life. I’m ready. I’m ready to shock the world. I’m ready to do whatever it takes in there to win this fight.”

    Bradley’s theatrics Wednesday represented the closest instance of trash talk in the kind of gentlemanly promotion typical of a Pacquiao fight, and the Filipino puncher could only laugh with trainer Freddie Roach before taking the dais for his remarks.

    “My training, it’s amazing: it’s heaven,” he said, allowing a wry grin. “We did our best in training because Timothy Bradley is a hungry fighter. He’s young. I know what he’s feeling, [so] I trained like I was 26 years old.”

    The 33-year-old Pacquiao, motivated by a pair of lesser performances against Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2011, promised a crowd-pleasing affair between two fighters who aren’t afraid to take risks.

    Roach said Pacquiao is “really focused” as he prepares for the fourth defense of the WBO welterweight title he won from Miguel Cotto in November 2009.

    “We got rid of a lot of distractions in his life, and got some new distractions that are much better,” said Roach, the five-time Trainer of the Year who’s worked with Pacquiao since 2001. “[We're] fighting a resilient, undefeated guy. I know it’s going to be a tough fight, but Manny is 100 percent ready.”

    Afterward, Roach was less diplomatic about Bradley’s showmanship.

    “I just wonder how much money they wasted on those tickets,” he said. “Seems foolish. We’re going to kick his a–.”

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Jun 06, 2012
  • Manny Pacquiao to make Hollywood debut in Rob Schneider movie

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    Manny Pacquaio’s most notable movie role to date was the Philippine superhero film “Wapakman” in 2009. (Courtesy of Solar Entertainment)

    Manny Pacquiao, long regarded as one of sports’ most tireless multitaskers, will share the screen with Rob Schneider and Benecio del Toro in an action-comedy film due in theaters next year.

    The WBO welterweight champion will make his Hollywood debut in Brass Knuckles, according to ABS-CBN News. Pacquiao, who has starred in more than a half-dozen movies in his native Philippines, will play a gangster who is the uncle of Schneider’s character.

    The eight-division champion, whose previous film roles have included the schlocky superhero pic Wapakman, will film his scenes in Los Angeles after his June 9 fight with Timothy Bradley and return for post-production in August and September. Two-time Emmy winner Erick Geisler will direct the film, which has been slated for a 2013 release.

    “The whole point of the movie is it really exploits and shows how and what a bad choice it is to be involved with drugs and just this whole world,” actor-producer Damian Perkins said. “Manny’s got a good role, we’re actually going to bulk up the role a little bit for him as well. More lines for him.”

    Schneider, the Filipino-American actor and comedian best known for his starring roles in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Hot Chick, is an avid boxing fan.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On May 18, 2012
  • Arum: Pacquiao’s next fight will not be against Mayweather

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    Manny Pacquiao, 33, is 54-3-2 in his career, winning his last 15 fights. (Robert Beck/SI)

    LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao has chosen his next opponent, and it’s not Floyd Mayweather. In an interview at his office Wednesday, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao has chosen his next opponent — whom Arum would only divulge was one of the four previously reported candidates, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto or Lamont Peterson — and plans to make his return to the ring on June 9 at a new outdoor facility off the Strip.

    Arum reiterated that the problem with making a May fight with Mayweather was the timing. Mayweather has insisted that the fight take place May 5, tweeting Tuesday that “the date can’t change.” Arum says construction on a 38,000-seat temporary facility cannot be completed until later in the month. On Wednesday, Arum said he met with construction officials as well as officials from the Wynn and Sands Hotel. Arum also visited the construction site, a 40-acre plot jointly owned by the two hotels.

    “To be safe, they said they needed until the end of May to get it done,” Arum said. “Economically, it’s a problem that Floyd created. The amount that would be lost by moving it up to May 5th is enormous. The fight is not going to happen on May 5th. We’ll do the fight in November. There is no real magic in doing it in May.”

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  • Published On Jan 18, 2012
  • Bradley unsurprised by Petersen’s win over Khan

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    LOS ANGELES — When Michael Buffer boomed out Lamont Peterson’s name Saturday night, officially awarding Peterson a pair of junior welterweight titles and ending Amir Khan’s reign atop the 140-pound division, the first person I thought of was Tim Bradley. Bradley, of course, has had a very public back and forth with Khan over the last year, one that intensified when Bradley passed on a $1.8 million payday to fight Khan last summer. Still, I was interested in getting Bradley’s thoughts on his archrival losing to Peterson, whom Bradley destroyed over 12 rounds in an alphabet title fight in 2009.

    “I thought the fight went exactly as I thought it would,” Bradley said. “Peterson can box but he likes to bang and brawl. He attacked the body the same way he did with me. He looked a little more confident though. He said he wasn’t mentally ready when he fought me. He said he was a little nervous. He looked more comfortable, like he was ready to be there.”

    The ending was controversial, of course, because referee Joe Cooper deducted two points from Khan for pushing. The deductions proved to be the difference in the fight. While Khan protested the referee’s calls, Bradley says they were fair.

    “Review the tape, see how many times Khan pushed and shoved Peterson,” Bradley said. “He was pushing him and trying to get space. The ref warned him. He took action. The ref did his job. A foul is a foul.”

    Bradley said he had no sympathy for Khan getting a raw deal in Peterson’s hometown.

    “It was in D.C., you allowed that to happen,” Bradley said. “You should look at your promoter and say, ‘You set me up.’ Khan goes to Vegas and he does five or six thousand fans. In D.C. there was about nine thousand. That’s more money for the promoter. They thought it was going to be safe but when you go into someone’s hometown, you take a risk. I know when I fight, I look at who is going to be the judge, the ref, everything. Khan has himself and his team to blame. What they did was arrogant and stupid. You are the No. 1 guy at 140 pounds and you allow that to happen? I’ve been saying Amir needs to focus on Lamont and not me and Floyd [Mayweather]. Now he lost his belts.”

    Bradley says he has been taking some time off since his win over Joel Casamayor last month but plans to get back in the gym next month. He is waiting for word on a fight with Manny Pacquiao — he is believed to be one of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s top choices as a possible opponent should negotiations for a megafight with Mayweather fall apart — but he won’t wait forever. He says he is still open to fighting anyone, including Peterson, who does not owe Khan a mandatory rematch.

    “That would be a good fight, a tough fight,” Khan said. “Peterson, now that he has those belts, it is going to be hard to take them from him. It’s definitely a challenge that I would love to face. He’s a guy who can make an exciting fight. It would be a tough fight, but I believe it is a winnable.”

    – Chris Mannix,

  • Published On Dec 15, 2011
  • Pacquiao-Marquez undercard results

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    Mike Alvarado (above) was beaten and bloodied early, but rallied for a dramatic 10th-round stoppage of Breidis Prescott on Saturday's undercard. (AP)

    LAS VEGAS — WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) scored knockdowns in the fifth and sixth rounds on his way to an eighth-round stoppage of Joel Casamayor (38-6-1, 22 KOs) in a 12-rounder. Casamayor had trouble finding the elusive Bradley, landing just 41 of 290 punches (14 percent).

    Mike Alvarado (32-0, 23 KOs) of Denver, Colo., rallied from the brink of the abyss in the most dramatic way imaginable, stopping Colombia’s Breidis Prescott (24-4, 19 KOs) in the 10th and final round of their junior welterweight contest. Prescott had built a lopsided points lead during the first half of the fight, bloodying Alvarado’s face badly. But the 31-year-old Mexican-American rallied hard down the stretch, finally dumping Prescott to the canvas in the 10th and connecting with a series of vicious power shots until referee Jay Nady intervened at 1:57 of the final round. All three judges had Prescott ahead on points until the stoppage.

    Juan Carlos Burgos (28-1, 19 KOs) of Mexico won a 10-round majority decision over Puerto Rico’s Luis Cruz (19-1, 15 KOs) for a minor junior lightweight title. Judges Duane Ford (98-92) and Ricardo Ocasio (97-93) had Burgos on top, C.J. Ross scored it 95-95. Burgos landed 172 of 553 punches (31 percent), compared to 155 of 523 (30 percent) for Cruz.

    Dennis Laurente (38-3-4, 20 KOs) of the Philippines scored a one-punch knockout of Albany, N.Y., product Ayi Bruce (13-5, 6 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout. The end came at 0:57 of the seventh round.

    Rising junior welterweight prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (13-0, 12 KOs) of Phoenix, Ariz., dominated Sammy Santana (4-5-2, 0 KOs) of Puerto Rico, scoring four knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision. All three judges had it 60-50.

    Victor Pasillas (1-0, 0 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif., won his pro debut by unanimous decision over Jose Garcia (0-4, 0 KOs) of King City, Calif., in a four-round featherweight fight. All three judges scored it 40-36.

    In the night’s first bout, Fernando Lumacad (25-3-3, 12 KOs) of the Philippines won an eight-round decision over Joseph Rios (10-6-2, 4 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas., in a super flyweight fight. Lumacad put Rios down in the first and fifth before coasting to the finish. The judges’ scores were 78-72, 77-73 and 77-74.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Nov 12, 2011