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Pacquiao settles score with Bradley in final fight

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Manny Pacquiao could not have looked more like his great self in what he says was his final fight of his career.

Pacquiao settled the score and ended a trilogy against Tim Bradley Jr with a unanimous decision victory, in which all three judges scored 116-110. Pacquaio knocked Bradley down twice to earn the win in front of 14,665 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

It was a nice finish after the poor performance against Floyd Mayweather a year ago, which was disappointing to some because the Filipino star had an injured shoulder that required surgery soon after.

Pacquiao helped boxing survive during an otherwise very down period of the spot. His aggressive style and knockout power always led to good and exciting fights throughout his career. And at a time where Mayweather had the claim as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Pacquaio was picking up big wins over stars, and his more aggressive style had more mass appeal than Mayweather’s defensive style.

During his heyday, a Mayweather – Pacquiao fight was all the rage, but when Bradley won a controversial split decision in 2012 it put the megafight talks on hold for three years before the two pound-for-pound best met in Las Vegas. But that split decision created an interesting rivalry between the star Pacquiao and the always tough Bradley

It may have been a one-sided rivalry, though. Pacquiao officially won it with the victory over Bradley in this third-fight, but after the split decision that most felt Pacquiao had won, he dominated Bradley in their 2014 rematch and again in this third fight.

If indeed this was the final fight of Pacquiao’s career, there is no doubt that he is a Hall of Famer at 58-6-2 with 38 KOs, but he won’t be staying out of the spotlight. Pacquiao has used his starpower to help him live a life of charity and politics in the Philippines. He is a two-term congressman running for a senate seat, with an election coming next month.

Bradley was coming off two wins over Jessie Vargas and Brandon Rios, the former was his debut with trainer Teddy Atlas. With the loss at 32-years-old, even to a great fighter like Pacquaio, he likely won’t be put back into a legitimate title pitcher, but certainly had name recognition that should bring him another few quality fights.

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