A replay of the previous two fights, Pacquiao’s speed and power proved to be too much to handle for Bradley. The constant work rate and power punches were enough to edge almost every round for Pacquiao. Bradley, similar to past encounters, remained a tough opponent through every round, absorbing shots and delivering his own combinations in return.
When they boxed, Bradley found success but Pacquiao connected with more power shots, occasionally trapping the American fighter along the ropes. While exchanging on the inside, the Filipino’s superior firepower proved to be the difference maker.
A fine trainer, Teddy Atlas wasn’t able to bring anything new to the table on Bradley’s corner as his fighter was outgunned and outclassed for a third time versus the Pacman.
It was a reminder of everything that made the Filipino fighter such an exciting boxer. Beginning his career at 108 lbs., Pacman would go on to claim world titles in eight different divisions. Engaging in memorable wars versus the trio of Morales, Barrera, Marquez, beating on bigger opponents like Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley, scoring sensational knockouts against Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. The impressive run will be hard to replicate and guarantees him a place in the boxing Hall of Fame.
Ramirez and Valdez on the Rise
The main undercard bouts lacked the action we expected, but nonetheless we witnessed two excellent performances from Gilberto Ramirez and Oscar Valdez.
Ramirez dominated and outpointed Arthur Abraham to become the first super middleweight champion of Mexican descent. Throughout the fight, Ramirez stayed busy, tagging Abraham with combinations and landing power shots to the body. Abraham didn’t mount any offense as he covered up behind a high guard, waiting for a chance to land his destructive right hand. Ramirez stuck to his game plan, boxing circles around Abraham, not giving him a chance to land a significant punch. With the win, Ramirez is now a first time title holder and the future looks promising in a competitive division.
Want to learn how to make a statement? You can ask Oscar Valdez who put on a show in his four round destruction of Evgeny Gradovich. The former 2012 Olympian beat up Gradovich in every round, easily landing hard combinations upstairs while avoiding his opponent with good defensive skills.
In the fourth, a left hook from Valdez sent Gradovich to the canvas. Gradovich beat the count but after a careful look from the referee, the bout was waved off to avoid any further punishment to the Russian, who was already bloodied and bruised from the previous rounds. This announces Valdez’s arrival as a strong contender in the featherweight division and proves why he’s being anointed as a future star in the sport.